We all know that the moment of going home is coming sooner than we wish for. Either you’re out of money or you have one of the many other reasons to return. At least your family and friends are happy, while you’re in the plane wondering if life will ever be as nice as your time abroad. Read these tips on how to reset once you’re home again, because you cannot stay in bed the rest of your life!
Tip #1: Meet up with friends
When traveling, you would meet new people almost every day. Why not meet your friends when you’re back home? You have the time and they would love to catch up with you and your stories. Although friends usually haven’t been to the same places, you can still tell a lot about your adventure and they give you heads up on what happened while you were gone!
Tip #2: Show pictures
Telling stories usually doesn’t work really well, since people cannot visualize what you have seen. That’s why I always bring pictures or my camera when visiting friends or family. That way, people get an idea without wondering what it would look like. It’s hard for your grandmother to guess what Asia looks like if you cannot show her 😉 This way, everyone will be way more interested in your stories too.
Tip #3: Buy a world scratch map
The first day I came home from traveling, I bought myself a world scratch map. You can give the countries that you’ve been visiting in the past few months a color, and you can check which countries you still want to visit while studying or working. It gives you some motivation and it can help you in counting down the days till your next trip!
Tip #4: Enjoy typical food
Once I come back to the Netherlands, I want to have a ‘broodje kroket’ as soon as possible. This is one of the typical Dutch things that I miss so much when traveling. Although the urge to have certain dishes, candy and so on is usually bigger when traveling, it still tastes amazing once you have your favorite within reach. It makes you feel at home again.
Tip #5: Appreciate the moments
Although it can be hard at times, try to enjoy your home country as much as foreign countries. Once you’re home, discovering new places every day is not as easy and do-able as when traveling, but you can still give it a shot and be the tourist in your own town. Trust me, you’ll discover plenty of nice things to see and do around your home. Appreciate moments you have with everyone, because what I miss most when traveling, is my friends and family!
That’s my advise for this week. Do you have any other tips for me and other readers on resetting? I hope to hear all about them in a comment or on Facebook/Twitter!