Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Heather Healey. If you are interested in providing a guest post, please contact me.
The other week, I gave readers tips to fight the homesick during long-term travel. But, what happens when you return from being gone? How do you keep that travel feeling long after you’ve landed? Here are some tips to fight the travelsick, or reverse homesickness you’ll likely feel after becomign stationary:
Attend events that are foreign to you
It’s like traveling to a foreign country without the high cost — plus it’s easier to find friends who can come with you! I went to the Festival of Colors when I returned home, a Hindu celebration in early spring to celebrate a new season. I went for the first time last year and can’t wait to go again this year. In fact, you should find one in your neck of the woods and check it out! It involves covering yourself and others in bright colors. Besides the fun, there is some delicious Indian food!
Pull out the old memorabilia and nostalgia
When you travel what kind of souvenirs do you buy? I prefer to buy souvenirs I can wear, use or display to gently remind me of my travels. The house slippers I wore in Russia, a necklace from Mexico, the purse I bought in Tel Aviv, the hat from Paris, tea from Jerusalem, and coffee and wine from Hawaii all measure prominently in the layout of my land. Sure, there is the down side that if you use it then its going to get worn out, but I prefer it that way. No need to let the knickknacks pile up, I get lots of compliments on them and I always have a reminder of where I’ve been, stories I’ve lived and friends I’ve met.
In Russia, tulips are very common. They are sold on the streets in spring, given on women’s day and used on holidays (like these from Victory Day). When tulips are in season they are almost always in my home and serve as a bright reminder of my spring in Russia.
Hang up those photos
The cheapest and simplest way to get the memories flowing is through pictures. I love pictures– I’m a sentimental shmuck and like I mentioned before ‘things’ get used, worn and broken; pictures don’t. Thanks to the digital age there are plenty more memories to be printed in case your photos get stained, ripped or tattered with age. There’s also the truth that while people love to hear your travel stories, odds are they aren’t going to sit for hours and listen. But, those photos? They’re quick conversation starters and make it fun to tell a favorite anecdote from the travel days.
Eat foreign food
This is a two-fold remedy to beat the stationary blues.
The first option is expanding your restaurant horizons. Try new dishes on the menu from places you’ve visited or places you wish to go. This can be a better alternative for you if you prefer not to cook, don’t have the access to certain spices & ingredients or if you’re in a group that will want several options.
The second option is to cook at home. I enjoy cooking at home for friends, family and myself when I am craving something specific in hopes that I can recreate it. This can also satisfy the adventure of traveling; not knowing your dish is going to turn out perfectly, experimenting with different recipes, ideas and ingredients. Cooking at home may also be a cheaper alternative and is a great way to include family and friends. Teaching them about the food, culture and sharing memories of your time traveling and what that was like.
Tell those awesome travel tales
I warn my friends, family and strangers that if they get me talking about travel it’s likely that I won’t stop until they explicitly ask me to. While I think it’s good for others to hear about traveling and to learn about the world outside their own, it may do more good for me than them. I get travel-sickness more often than I get homesick, I suppose that’s why I hope to make a life and a career of it, but that also means it’s a very large part of who I am. So in my selfish attempt to incorporate more travel in my life, I try to include more of my life in my travels. Which in turn means incorporating my friends in my travels, asking about where they’ve been, asking where I should go, what they would do if they were going here or there. Share what your passionate about.
What do you to do beat those post-travel blues and remind yourself of life not at home?
About the Author: Heather is passionate about three things: 1) traveling; 2)humanity; and 3) education. In 2012, upon earning her Integrated Studies degree in History & Political Science, she is leaving her life in Salt Lake City, Utah to live the life of an expat. With only the intention to travel, she is leaving the planning and itinerary to where the trade winds of the universe send her. Follow Heather’s journey on her blog, HeathersHarmony, onTwitter and Facebook.