If I could, I would spend all of my money on traveling.
Exactly one week ago I came back from a trip to Israel. Five days getaway exceeded my expectations and filled me with indescribable joy. However, ever since then I cannot get back to my normal self. I do go to work and fulfill my duties, but I simply just cannot come back to myself. It almost feels as if I left a piece of myself there.
It took me a little while, but in the end I have managed to understand one simple thing: I Love myself more when I travel. I love curiosity that travel awakens in me. I love not fearing to ask questions, try new things and be honest to myself. I love making a fool of myself (not at that very moment though) in awkward situations. I love being engaged in the conversation with a stranger. I love not entirely understanding what is happening. I love being lost and not being afraid of it.
Each time I come back home I feel recharged and inspired, ready to continue being the self I am when I travel. And to my own disappointment, it just does not happen.
Coming back home and sleeping in your own bed, meeting your friends and making your own cup of coffee in the morning before work – I truly appreciate all of it. At times, when traveling for a long time I even miss it. At still, I always dread the day of homecoming.
After each trip you come back home a little different. Almost as if you stepping down from the another universe. You are changed, yet everything around you is the same as before. It leaves you questioning the reality you came back to, makes you dislike it in some kind of unexplainable way.
Post-travel blues are real and extremely difficult to get over especially if you do not know when your next getaway will take place. You might think it gets better the more you travel, but it doesn’t. The more you travel, the more you want to travel. The more you get to travel, the more you get to feel discomfort of homecoming.
And still, putting all that aside – traveling is the best thing one can do. It is worth every penny you spend on it. It is worth all the time spent researching the destinations and planning your stays. It is worth the hour spend in the airports waiting for the delayed flights. It is worth the post-travel blues you go through…