You have finally returned home after weeks, months, or years of traveling and it feels great to be in a familiar and comfortable setting again. Home is where the heart is. For most of you, it means settling back into reality and returning to your day jobs, daily routines and responsibilities. For a few others, it means trying to figure out what to do next after you have depleted all your funds, unpacked your bags, eased out of being home sick and exhausted yourself mentally and physically from constantly moving around to different cities. We are probably familiar with all the articles that encourage us to pack our bags and leave (see: Traveling: Do), but what about what happens after the ending credits are up?
There seems to be no transparent instructions that tell you what you should do. Unfortunately, I do not have a brilliant solution as the hard truth is there are no definite paths. However, if you are like me, building a career is a priority and continued travels cannot be sustained without some sort of regular income. After I had some time to adjust from jet lag and reconnect with friends and family again, I began the much dreaded job hunt. I landed several interviews, but also a fair share of rejections that will naturally get anyone discouraged from time to time. I will admit, I became very frustrated and discouraged. In those types of situations, perseverance goes very far. It may have taken some time, but eventually I rejoined the corporate world in a different role.
There have been moments of pessimism where I questioned if all the stress I put myself through worth it? In the end, the answer is always yes. Because the adventures I crave will more than offset the temporary detours I may take towards the norm’s progression of obtaining higher education, purchasing a home, getting married, achieving ‘successful’ status, saving for retirement, etc. Because the experiences that I aim for are what will define a majority of an individual’s lives in the end. Whether these experiences be travel related or not, they will hold more significance than the number of hours spent in the office or the balance in your bank account at the end of the day.
You may be temporarily setback, but things always have a way of working itself out. That is not to say it will come without putting in hard work. In my situation, it meant settling back home and focusing on my career again to get to where I would like to eventually be. Although a long-term trip is not foreseeable in the near future, my vacation time will suffice for now.
Have you recently returned from a trip? Please feel free to leave your comments or feedback below.