(photo above Me trying to not go stir crazy in between trips by exploring my own backyard)
I’m sure I am not the first person to write about this topic but what makes mine different? Because its me writing it. :)
I have gone on many trips in my life however I have never gone on a trip longer than a month. Most of the traveling I do is almost a tease because as soon as I get use to life on the road and I am really starting to love it I’m headed back home again. There isn’t any reason why I haven’t done longer trips, its just the way it has worked out for me so far.
I go crazy the first few days after arriving home, still wanting to be away. Then a week later it feels like I never even left in the first place. Even before I get home from one trip I sometimes find myself planning or at least thinking about the next and once I’m home I also constantly look for inspiration or reasons to go away again.
Here are some of my tips for trying to not go crazy in between trips.
Try to forget about your last trip and the awesome experiences you had like drinking kava in a chiefs home in Fiji or searching for glow worms in a cave in New Zealand. Trust me your travels are easily forgettable… no not.
2. Eat different ethnic foods
Maybe don’t eat types of food from where you just visited because you know it will never taste the same as the real thing. Perhaps try foods that you might not of had before, but that could also inspire you to visit and research going to a new place. Just recently when I was in Montreal Jodi from Legal Nomads took me to an Afghani restaurant, I would of never gone there on my own and I was amazed at how much I enjoyed the food. Not sure how quickly I would go there but some day I wouldn’t mind a visit.
3. Read blogs / websites
There are umpteen million travel blogs and websites out there on the interwebs. Some sites that inspire me are Matador Network, Boots n All and even just watching travel videos on YouTube get me eager to hit the road again. There are too many great travel blogs for me to single out a select few but most likely I’m following them on twitter or I have liked them on Facebook so check in those spots to see some great ones.
Go through your trip photos, read your journals and also follow people who are currently traveling where you have been or have at least blogged about where you visited. One of my favourite trips yet was when I visited Iceland in April of 2011 and since then I have talked with and read posts from Stephanie Yoder of WhyWayToSeeTheWorld who had both been there before me, but also I followed along with Seattle of Seattle’s Travels trip there after mine. (so jealous)
5. Convince other people to travel
Every person you know will ask “How was your trip” “Where to next?” after you return home. At least that is what I constantly get asked, but surprisingly this helps me not go crazy. I get to relive my trip by telling them and hopefully I get them excited and convince them to want to travel too. If they don’t think they can (or if you don’t think you can) than either send them over to The Solo Traveler or Meet Plan Go and soon you will be asking them how their trip was.
What are other good ways to stay sane between trips? Sometimes the above just isn’t enough for me so I would love to hear your thoughts! :)
MonicaNovember 30, 2011 at 8:22 pm
Fab advice. I’m in the ‘between trips’ stage and I’m going mental! I find that planning your next trip usually helps but sometimes that isn’t possible. I like the ‘eat ethnic food’ tip. Cooking up a good Thai curry always makes me feel a bit better.
EricaNovember 30, 2011 at 5:42 pm
I know I go a little nutty in between trips for sure. Love the list.
trvl8dinternNovember 15, 2011 at 11:43 am
The only way I get through is planning new travels. I spend hours browsing every single flight server and hotel reviews and blogs etc.. :)
The World of DeejNovember 11, 2011 at 9:32 pm
This is probably the thing I struggle with most. When I’m home, I want to be traveling, and it’s hard to focus on anything else. I get by like you said, coming to sites like this and others, and reading about the adventures I hope to take one day…
CailinNovember 12, 2011 at 4:05 am
I appreciate that might site is one that you come to for inspiration :)
jadeNovember 2, 2011 at 12:09 pm
Ah, Cailin, I have this problem every time I return from a trip- whether it is short or long term travel. My best advice is start planning your next one!! Just researching a new place keeps my spirits up and learning new things about this world of ours. (Miss you btw!)
Pete HeckOctober 28, 2011 at 4:34 am
Great tips! We are actually hosting Amy and Kieron right now in London, such a wonderful couple. It’s so cool to meet other travelers whether you are on the road or not. There always seems to be someone where you are at.
We’ve been listening to all their stories about Iceland and we’re already trying to figure out how to get there.
Are we going to see you in London before WTM?
CailinNovember 1, 2011 at 11:44 am
Thats a great way to not go crazy too! host other travelers :)
Definitely make it to Iceland and I hope to see you in London this weekend! :)
NLMOctober 27, 2011 at 6:48 pm
Hang out at new coffee shops with your laptop and find new people to listen to your stories, lol. Then you can show photos and relive your trip without driving your friends nuts! Also, ethnic restaurants are great for pretending you are away.
CailinNovember 1, 2011 at 11:43 am
hahaha finding a different audience! A very good tip! :)
Trying new foods always works too :)
SuzanneOctober 26, 2011 at 9:44 pm
My aunt said once to plan your next trip as soon as you get home from somewhere so you dont get the blues. I always thought that was a great idea!
CailinNovember 1, 2011 at 11:42 am
Definitely a great idea! You have a very smart aunt :)
Bobbi Lee HitchonOctober 26, 2011 at 9:20 pm
Coming home after a great trip is the pits! I always found already having something else planned helps to keep me in good spirits. Even if I have NO MONEY whatsoever, I can still decide a good place or a few good places to go next and start researching them and how much I will need to save to make that trip a reality. Another way to avoid the going home blues it to not go home at all. Just stay out there-you’ll find a way to make it work somehow!
CailinNovember 1, 2011 at 11:42 am
I would love to not go home at all sometimes! Very good tip but then of course, money does become a factor and my cats and my car… haha I can’t stay away forever…. yet ;)
allisonOctober 26, 2011 at 7:58 pm
I love this post! I have been posting on a similar topic on my blog, so it’s great to read someone else’s thoughts who ALSO goes crazy when they’re stuck at home!
CailinNovember 1, 2011 at 11:40 am
Thanks Allison! I guess another way I try to avoid going crazy is to write posts like this! haha :)