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Post-Travel Depression…It’s Real

January 19, 2018

The contrast between worldly adventures and mundane daily life is undeniably stark.

I had been warned about the emotional highs and lows of returning home after being away for some time, namely from articles floating around the internet. So I was aware of what I may experience and I guess you could say I was prepared, however, it doesn’t make the transition any easier.

Nomadic Matt’s article breaks it down the best, but there’s one thing I’d like to add. While I agree that home pretty much remains the same, people move on with their lives and it’s humbling to realize that you’re not all that important or needed in everyday life. Sure, you’re missed and loved, but life goes on.

I recently came across a book amongst the myriad of ones my mom has accumulated that spoke to me. It’s a children’s book, of all genres, and I found it in the bathroom, of all places…don’t ask. You can never go wrong with a children’s book though, am I right? They always have some simple underlying message about humanity that transcends any complex fictional plot, in my opinion.

The name of the book is Old Turtle and the Broken Truth, written by Douglas Wood and beautifully illustrated by Jon J Muth. I felt connected to many aspects of the story, but particularly to the character, Little Girl. Little Girl embarks on a journey to find the truth in a broken world and seeks the guidance of Old Turtle. And coincidentally, I was told by my Reiki Master Teacher that one of my animal totems is the turtle. There’s a part of the story that perfectly illustrates post-travel depression, so I thought I’d share an excerpt.

And she was home. But it had been a very long journey, and those who take great journeys of the heart are changed. The people did not recognize her. And when she spoke, they did not understand. She told them of her journey, but the people could not follow her words. She spoke of a world made of small and gentle truths, of all the peoples being one People. But they could not catch her meaning. She explained about the Broken Truth and the need to make it whole. But the people did not believe her, and could not understand.

If anyone’s also experiencing post-travel depression, here’s an article with some tips on how to cope. #9 is personally my favorite.

As for what’s next, I have a couple of developing ideas, but nothing is set in stone. Only time will tell.

Until next time {xo}

hippieseoul

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2 Comments

  • Reply Lauren January 19, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Beautiful quote! I wasn’t in Korea or Thailand as long as you had been traveling, but I too went through way more reverse culture shock and depression than normal culture shock. Lots of love your way!

    • Reply Danielle January 19, 2018 at 6:33 pm

      I thought so too! It so perfectly expressed how I’m feeling. For sure! It’s interesting how that works, how it’s easier to acclimate to a new culture than it is to return home. Lots of love your way as well <3 Missing you and Bridget

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