“One of the most difficult things I experienced in my travels was trying to relate what I’d experienced to old friends and acquaintances who”d been at home the whole time I was gone.” — Jason Gaspero.
I’ve had a blast writing about travelling with you. I love to travel and plan on covering this topic in greater detail moving forward. For now we’re going to be closing the chapter on Traveling Like a Rockstar here on GPT.
There’s eventually going to be an end to your insanely fun times and complete freedom. There’s going to be that point where you need to go home. This might be by choice or you might have to go home because you ran out of money. Either way, you’re going to have to go home sooner or later. You need to figure out how to deal with this dilemma.
How to deal with finally coming home from an extended trip or how to not lose your mind when you have to leave a wild trip to go back to reality:
You might feel like a stranger.
The first feeling you’ll feel will be a bit confusing. You won’t know how to react. Should you be happy to be home or sad that your travels are over? When I first got back from my extended trip I was happy to be home. Then as soon as I settled in I missed my freedom and being completely spontaneous every single night. You’re going to feel like a stranger. Don’t fight this feeling. Just live with it. Conquer it. Don’t fear it.
Tell short stories.
Everyone is going to want to hear about your trip and all of that crazy stuff that you did. It’s cool to share stories. Just try not to get into too many details because your friends might not get them. There’s also nothing wrong with keeping the juicy details to yourself. Tell short stories so that you don’t miss your trip too much and so that your friends don’t get too jealous. You have plenty more left to experience.
Don’t let fear and selfishness back into your life.
You conquered your fears of being alone, leaving home, trusting others, and letting loose. Don’t let fear come back into your life. You have nothing to be afraid of. You just managed to travel by yourself. You learned to conquer your fears. It will be totally counter-productive if you let fear back in. Screw that.
Keep on learning.
Just because you’re at home now it doesn’t mean that you’re done learning. Apply what you learned on the road to your life at home. Start off by touring towns in your region. Check out new sights. Approach strangers on the street. Keep on learning. Never stop growing.
Plan another trip.
Now that you’ve had a taste of the world, what are you going to do about it? I start to plan another trip the minute that I get home. This forces me to work hard, save my money, and do what I can to earn my freedom. You should have the idea of earning your freedom on your mind all of the time. Where are you going to go next?
How did you deal with coming home from an extended trip?
If you want to learn ANYTHING else about traveling you need to check out the previous pieces on the topic.
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