Returning home after traveling can be an incredibly jarring experience. Feeling like an alien in the place that you grew up in is not nice, and experiencing pangs of missing all of the people that you met on your travels feels even worse. Fortunately, however, there are ways to make returning home after a bout of traveling a little bit better.
Here are a few things you can do to settle back into your homely surroundings after having spent an extended period of time away from them:
Refurbish your home
In order to combat the feeling that life back home has moved forward without you, you should resolve to make a few changes of your own once you have made your triumphant return.
One kind of change that you could consider making in this instance is refurbishing your home. If you’ve still got some money left over after your travels, why not? If you’re now done with traveling or if you cannot see yourself heading off again any time soon, renovating your home is one of the best ways to set down your roots once again. Whether you decide to go the whole hog and lay your floors with natural oak flooring or whether you simply decide to repaint your front door, making such changes will, if nothing else, help you to feel like you are not being held back from moving forward in life now that you are back home.
Book yourself a holiday
Being home doesn’t mean that you have to stay home, and traveling doesn’t have to entail you being away on your travels for years on end. You can book yourself a short holiday somewhere, you know — in fact, doing so could prove beneficial for you as you seek to overcome your nomadic blues.
You could kill two birds with one stone in this instance by making plans to meet up with your traveling companions in some capacity. Doing this will allow you to suffice any longing you have to see the friends you made on your adventure, and it will give you a break from the reality of life back home.
Host a night in honour of your travels
If there’s a particular cuisine or general part of the culture that you miss from your time spent traveling, indulge in it by hosting a night in honor of it.
This could entail you inviting some of your friends over and cooking up a meal that symbolizes where you ventured to in the world. If Mexico was your nomadic destination, for example, you could whip up a batch of cheesy chicken enchiladas. To create such a dish, you should:
- Make sure your broiler is preheated
- Thinly cut the chicken, the green peppers, the onions, and the cilantro
- Cook them all together: first, a drizzle of oil, then the green peppers with the onions (3-4 min), then the chicken (3-4 min, until golden brown), then pour in your enchilada sauce of choice
- Sprinkle cheese over your closed enchiladas, and broil them in the middle of the oven
Returning home after traveling is never going to be particularly nice. You can, however, make it easier for yourself by taking all of the advice laid out above.