The post-travel blues are something that I often suffer from. As soon as I get home from traveling, I long to be back on the road, back to somewhere exotic and different from home. There’s reverse culture shock, a longing for the time to breathe and think without any commitments, and the freedom to live life the way I want. No matter how long my time away, it’s never easy for me to come home.
Even now that the post-travel blues are over, I still dream about Asia every single day and find myself constantly looking up my next adventure. And, while I was dreaming of my next escape and searching for flights, I stumbled upon a song that I had downloaded many years ago. Sand In My Shoes, by Dido, perfectly puts the feelings one has upon returning home from a trip into song.
I began to realize that maybe it’s not just me, who has these feelings when returning home. The “where do I belong now” or “how did I live here before” thoughts are normal. And, while life isn’t always about those escapes from home, maybe it’s what we need every once and a while to give us the life we always dreamed of.
Two weeks away it feels like the whole world should’ve changed
But I’m home now
And things still look the same
I think I’ll leave it till tomorrow to unpack
Try to forget for one more night
That I’m back in my flat on the road
Where the cars never stop going through the night
To a life where I can’t watch sunset
I don’t have time
Try to remind myself that I was happy here
Before I knew that I could get on a plane and fly away
From the road where the cars never stop going through the night
To a life where I can watch sunset
And take my time
Take all our time