As I started talking more and more about Reverse Culture Shock, I also realised that some of my thoughts and ideas were getting entangled with Post Travel Blues. I started using these words interchangeably, however I soon realised that they are not the same thing. In fact they are very very different. We can start by looking at the meaning of both. I found these definitions.
Returning home from travelling, living or simply holidaying abroad can leave you with a wide range of mixed emotions. From unsettled and sad to excited and happy to confused and lost. There are so many different reasons you might be feeling this way. Perhaps it’s a result of the awareness and experiences you had if a different culture, a shift in mindset and perception, a realisation of how different developing nations are compared to the western world, seeing poverty and people live with very little.
As much as I believe that travel is super valuable and leaves you with some incredible learnings and growth and some wonderful habits, it can also develop some bad habits. Habits that would be a good idea to break.
If you are or have been travelling for a long period of time and return home, you might find you have unconsciously adopted some of these bad habits.
Do you think its true that ignoring is becoming a little more common? How sad that ignoring someone in our presence and being on our phone is becoming more and more accepted. Apparently this has been termed 'phubbing' phone snubbing. According to a study more and more people are phubbing due to internet addiction, smartphone addiction, self-control, and FOMO fear of missing out.
Hitting the road to see a new country or just holidaying to your favourites beachside destination? When we travel we start to lean in and embrace powerful new habits. Sometimes they come naturally and go along with the mood of our journey, other times there is no choice but to be a little more courageous.