Whether you’ve been gone for 3 months, or 3 years, coming home after long term travel is weird. Actually, that’s an understatement. It’s super weird. Especially if you live in a fast-paced country/city, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into the Twilight Zone.
Everybody is just so strange, people are mostly hurried, cranky and are preoccupied with stuff that you just don’t get. Where are the smiles, the smell of kretek, the billion scooters driving around everywhere and nowhere?
We’ve been home for 3 months now, after having traveled for 14. I still haven’t unpacked most of my things. I don’t know if I’m stupendously living in denial, or if it’s just real yogi of me to not care about material things anymore. 😉
The thought of not hitting the road again soon, made me quite anxious at first. I felt home-sick. For traveling! Which is funny, because I loved staying in places for a longer time while we were on the road. I love getting to know a place better, setting up my own daily routine, making new friends.
When you return ‘home’ though, you already know the place. You have your friends. You have your family. You know where to get your coffee. Yet, something feels out of place. At the same time, nothing has changed and everything has changed.
Your home country doesn’t feel like home anymore.
When everybody seems to care about things you don’t relate to, you feel isolated. The only thing you’ve been preoccupied by during your travels was what awesome thing to do next. Snorkeling with Manta Rays, surviving in the jungle, island-hopping through Fiji, climbing up Mount Doom in New Zealand, surfing the best spots in the world…
No wonder you feel lost when you return back home. Home is boring!
You have changed. You have learned new things, you’re used to live life to the fullest every single day.
Fortunately, there are ways to make you feel at home again. Because home is not bound to a place. Home is in your own body.
Here are 10 things that you might recognize and take comfort from: (our new website! :-)) http://soulsurfnyoga.com/coming-home-after-long-term-travel-10-tips-to-make-it-easier/