Travel. A gift, choice, calling, vice – whatever you call it….when one travel journey comes to an end…it affects you. Our most recent long travel adventure took us across two continents, three countries, seeing friends and two sets of family, planes, trains, trucks and automobiles, a cross country road trip and over two months of travel. Then it ended. Don’t get me wrong…being ‘stuck’ in sunny San Diego, is no place anyone would ever use the term ‘stuck’ – nevertheless, a journey that took months to plan and weeks to execute, was over.
Like anything important in life….there are floods of emotion that come from the adventure and others from its completion. After the bags are unpacked, laundry done, and you’ve returned to sleeping in your own bed…then what? If you’re like a lot of us, you jump right back into life – amidst uploading heaps of photos, work, regular life chores and minutiae, obligations, and of course, people to see, places to go and things to do you’ve got this fabulous journey still on your mind. You’ve returned from this amazing, life changing experience and now are ‘expected to’ jump back into the life you knew before the adventure. Call it post adventure madness or whatever you like, but something changes.
You need time to decompress, recall moments from this journey, share stories, look at photos and work your way back to wherever you need to be in the present moment. Different methods work for different people, but there’s some part of you that can’t return to whatever form it was in the pre-trip you. For us, we are always working towards forming a continuous journey of a 365-day mixture of work and life, but for the moment, we’ll take whatever travel/life mixture we are lucky enough to get. Make it work, keep dreaming, continue traveling and know that whatever has to happen in the pre or post journey meantime will only make the next one that much sweeter.
Regardless of length, distance or degree, each travel journey we take changes us. Whether small changes or large – there’s no going back. You’ve now seen more of the world, experienced new ways to live, learn and love and again realized what a small part of the global sphere we each inhabit. Perhaps its as simple as adding a new food to your pantry or as extreme as a move, job change or new place to call home for awhile. Perhaps it’s a change in our outward appearance, how we react to others, our own perspective, our choices or our life goals – regardless, with each new person you meet, each new experience you have, each new choice you make….you are forever changed. Enjoy the journey. Happy travels.