Returning Home: Travel Blues

Nearing the end of your latest trip is always the worst thing for any avid traveler. You know exactly what is coming during the flight home, and in the coming weeks. I'm sure that many of us have the same thoughts and events in the weeks after we return home, so I thought it would be fun to say what happens when I return home.

1. End of trip, and flying home.

When I am on the flight home, or even just the few days at the end of the trip, I spend my time looking through the photos that I have taken and reliving every moment of the trip, with some focus on the awesome food. For me, it puts a smile on my face during the worst part.

2. Arriving home.

It's always nice to sleep in your own bed, download photos, and see the people you love (too bad you can't fit it all in a backpack, people included). There's no place like home, but some travel locations can be a close second.

3. Getting back to work.

Okay, so this is where I have an issue. I personally work in a "travel" setting. Meaning, I work for a ferry company, and I almost daily see people with luggage. Which reminds me that I am in fact at work and not on a trip, which makes me want to travel even more, and that leads me to point number 4.

4. Looking at trips, planning.

So, here we are again. Planning a trip, finding every reason to book and justifying it in every way possible all while making sure it can fit in your budget. Yep, that's how I think we all do it, whether we want to admit it or not. This stage eventually leads to a trip happening, and the vicious cycle will repeat over and over again. 


So in the end, throw in some storytelling, photo sharing, photo posting, and memories that you could only get while traveling, and that's how the blues seem to go. In the end, the travel blues are something that are unavoidable, yet highly necessary. They keep our minds on the prize and lead to us wanting to travel the world and see every place we can. Whether you travel alone, with friends, with family, or with a group, travel is something that has touched most of us in some way.


Joseph Hallgren

Boston, MA

Full time student, adrenaline junkie, and traveller.