“It’s a funny thing coming home. Nothing changes. Everything looks the same, feels the same, even smells the same. You realize what’s changed is you.”
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
Reverse culture shock. Re-entry shock. Post-vacation blues. It’s a thing, and it affects many travelers deeply, including your’s truly. Badly. Really badly.
Family and friends tease that of course it’s rough to be back in the “real world” – by the way, I hate that phrase, for reasons explained in a post below. But returning from deep and meaningful travels often isn’t just about not looking forward to returning to a 9-to-5 job (I don’t have one of those). It’s much more than that. While it isn’t entirely avoidable – nor should it be, as discussed in a post below – there are things you can do to help cope and adapt. You aren’t alone, and the stories below are meant to comfort and empathize, and perhaps give some guidance as to a way forward. I mean, other than planning your next adventure – that’s a given.