Prepare yourself to return home after a big trip abroad.

...and what you can expect.

In short.

Depending on how long you have been away from home, it would be a good idea to spend some time preparing for what you might face. Returning home after living or travelling abroad for a long period of time can creep up on you faster than you realize. Some may see the event coming and for others it may come up and surprise us. Knowing what you may encounter along the way will help you make the transition.

On the flip side it’s important remain present for the final weeks of travels or life before you return home. This is still an experience and you don’t want to miss or wish away by living in the future.

How you can prepare.

Think about the Practical

Where will you live? - unless you have your own place, your going to have to think about where you going to live. Will you be crashing at the parents temporarily or on your brothers couch until you can find a rental, or have you lined up a room with some friends? The quicker you can settle into a space you can call your own the easier things will be.

Work and study or what will you do for the first month at least - if your returning after a long time away your going to need something to do unless you run a location independent business, are a stay at home mum or simply a lady of leisure, and even then you may want to consider this point. Putting the feelers out early for work or study arrangements means you can hit the ground running. This may be important if you have ran out or money or your course starts on a certain date. Be prepared and investigate your options to get yourself off to a head start.

Think about the Social

Planning catch ups with friends is a nice way to feel welcomed back to you home - If you want to start re-igniting old friendships it’s a good idea to start planting the seeds early. Their life may have changed and working out a time to catch up may not be as easy as in the past.

Skype with friends you have left -  Maintaining relationships with those from your travels is not always as easy as you may think. Some people function on an ‘out of sight, out of mind mentality’ and as time passes it will be more and more difficult to maintain a connection. Make an effort with those close friends to stay in contact via Skype or social media.

Settle into a Community -  Easier said than done. This may require you to step outside your comfort zone to explore groups, clubs or teams that you want to be a part of. It won’t always feel natural but it’s a great place to meet like minded people and begin to establish a friendship network. Don’t be too hard on yourself, as there will be times where you want to stay to yourself, that’s ok, just try not to be a hermit as you may end up with no friends.

Think about you

Take time for you - this transition may not be as simple as booking the flight and arriving home. You may find your entire world has been flipped upside down to a place you don’t recognize anymore. Be kind to yourself, establish healthy routines such as exercise, nutrition and meditation. Treat yourself to a bath, massage or walk along the beach. Take time to be present and experience the moment whatever emotions you may be facing.

New hobbies and things you want to do - What is it that you are going to fill your spare time with? What lights you up. Maybe it’s adventure? Sport or yoga. Find the things in life that make you feel a sense of joy.

Think about your Intentions and Inspirations

What ideas have sparked during your time away? How can you stat to implement them into your new life back home and take action to make them a reality.

Don’t let them slip...act on them - it’s easy to leave your ideas and inspiration behind in your travels but do your best to bring them with you to start to create change in your new life back home. You will thank yourself later for being bold and starting something new.

Final notes

Reality is that things are going to be different when you get home. Your life and routine will change. Things may seem like a mess for a while and you may not know what your doing with your life. Preparing yourself just a little bit will give you that head start and a slightly smoother process when you get home.


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Abby Lewtas

Hi I'm Abby, Adventurer, Life coach, Speaker and Blogger.

After a successful sporting career I now love sharing what I have learned from my adventures and traveling the world.

I believe in turning into your adventurous life through your intuition and the little nudges from the universe.

Lets share the adventure. xo