For some people, travelling is a way of life. It is a chance to be adventurous, to see the world and other cultures. Travelling is often eye-opening, and it can help you to learn more about yourself. However, all travellers come home eventually, and it can be hard to get used to normal life again.
From constant storytelling to shock at the differences in prices, check out 8 signs of culture shock that all frequent travellers will be able to relate to.
1. The happiness when you first go home
After spending 4 months in a village in Africa, you are so happy to be able to use indoor plumbing again. The local shop was a 3-hour walk away when you were travelling, but now you are home and you can see the shop from your window. You can’t quite believe how simple and easy life is at home – and you can’t wait to eat your favourite snacks again!
2. The constant storytelling
You don’t want to be that guy, but you love telling your friends and family about your latest adventure. From the amazing stories about exploring forests to more mundane stories about your flight, you simply can’t stop thinking of things to tell everyone – even when they are all telling you to stop talking about your travels.
3. Struggling with price differences
Your first night out at home was difficult for you. Secretly, you couldn’t believe how expensive the drinks and food were – the whole night out ended up costing more than a week in a hostel in Southeast Asia.
4. Feeling shocked by the differences in culture
Often, travellers live without running water and electricity – basic things that many people can’t imagine living without. Now that you are back home, you can’t stop noticing how convenient your lifestyle is; you can buy a bag of crisps whenever you feel peckish, and you can go to the doctor’s if you have any aches or pains.
The differences in culture initially seemed shocking, but you are very grateful to live in a country where you have everything that you need.
5. Getting confused between your old lifestyle and your new lifestyle
It can be tough adjusting to the lifestyle differences. You struggled to get used to daily showering after living in a rural village where clean water was scarce, and you walked down the street with a bottle of wine after drinking in London. Every society has different rules, and you pride yourself on respecting these rules.
6. Moments of total sadness
After a few days of being happy to be home, sudden sadness sets in. You miss the weather, the culture, the locals, the food, the drinks, and the freedom, and you can’t stop reminiscing about your last trip. You think about it while you shower, while you queue to buy food, and while you lay in bed at night. Who knew you could miss travelling so much?
7. Planning to go back
After a week of sadness, you have already started to plan your next trip in your mind. You are constantly reading travel blogs and checking flight prices, and you are starting to work out how much you will need to save.
Your loved ones think that you are crazy to already be planning your next adventure, but you can’t wait to get back on the plane.
8. Having no money because you are saving to go travelling again
Now that you know you are going away again, it is time to start scrimping and saving once more. You are back to eating noodles and staying inside, so that each week you slowly draw closer to your next exciting adventure. You can’t wait to be back on the road again!