Welcome to Episode 4 of my “Travel Tales From Beyond The Brochure” podcast.
As you know, I’ve just had an 11-week trip around Oceania & Sri Lanka, and arriving back in the UK has sent my mood a little low. Though I’ve now been back for a bit over three weeks, I’m still not quite back into my old way of thinking – everything still feels a little strange. I guess it’s a form of Reverse Culture Shock, where being back in your everyday life, staying in the one place for an extended period of time, and surrounded by things that are long familiar, becomes quite a jolt to the system after having been away for so long and travelling from place to place regularly, eating different foods all the time, etc. I think it’s also partly because I no longer have a ‘routine’ in my daily life in the UK so every day feels like Saturday – it might be different if I had a proper job to go back to!
To that end, the latest episode of my podcast is all about these feelings, how they affect me, and what I’m doing to mitigate them (spoiler: probably not as much as I should be doing!). Timely, perhaps, for #WorldMentalHealthDay (the day I recorded it, “yesterday” in terms of publishing date).
As always, if you have anything to say about the topic, or any suggestions how to mitigate it, leave a comment or let me know.
Next week’s podcast (and hopefully now I’m back in the country it will be a weekly pod) is planned to be a special edition, dedicated to the island nation of Vanuatu (where I spent 26 days). If you have any thoughts about the country, even if they’re just ‘where?’, and want to to contribute, drop me a note!