What Is Post Travel Depression (PTD) And How to Get Over It

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What Is Post Travel Depression (PTD) And How to Get Over It


I bet you know what I am talking about. That’s the reason you ended up reading this article, right now. You just came back from an amazing trip and you feel like you don’t belong home anymore. I know the feeling. I have been there.

When you return home, after you just had a great adventure, learning new things, experiencing new cultures or trying some new activities at your destination, you may feel like you just wanted the trip to go on forever. That’s the worst feeling when you have the wanderlust in you, but you don’t have the time to do it that often.

In this article, I will speak about what is post travel depression or PTD, which is the feeling descried above, I will tell you what symptoms you may have and how to get over it.

PTD, What Exactly Is It?

So, first of all, we have all experienced this. You just feel sad, wanting to talk about your last trip like non-stop and with absolutely everyone! It is very real. Let’s see how it appears, when and why:

1. When:

  • When you are peacefully in your house, after returning from the airport and you realize that you are sleeping in your bed tonight, not in your hotel or hostel.

2. How:

  • You will suddenly feel that something is missing from you. The place. The people. The culture. The experience. You may already be familiar with everything that your base city may offer, so when you realize that there is nothing new there to discover, that’s how it starts.

3. Why:

  • One of the logical reasons why it appears may be that you connected with the new place on a deeper level and you grew as a person. When you go somewhere new, it is inevitably that you develop yourself, your spirit, your personality.
  • Another reason may be the jet lag. If, by any chance, you went somewhere which has even one hour difference, in comparison to your base city, you body will need to adjust. But not immediately, it needs time, that’s why you may feel this way.

What Can You Do To Heal?

There are several activities that will get you right back on track, so you don’t have to miss traveling, but to make you enjoy the moment you are living. I know that they don’t actually compare to the sensation of traveling, but they’ll trick your mind, so your body can adjust to the new (old) environment. You will need to do these activities over a longer period of time. Let’s see the tips and tricks on how to do that:

1. Have a sleepover when you come back

It is very good to have people around you. Call your best friends at your place and tell them everything! Give them the souvenirs you got and share the new memories that you created. If they are fellow travelers, even better. They will be very interested in your adventure, share their opinion about the place or ask about advice.

In case you are a hostel type of traveler, this activity will create the exact atmosphere like you would actually be in one!

2. Eat traditional food from another side of the planet

When you eat something new, from a place you have never been before, your inner wanderer will feel very grateful for it. Some restaurants even have a specific mood for their theme, which can be almost like the real place.


3. Edit your travel pictures and post them on your favorite social media

Even if it may create the “missing” feeling, you will actually feel better because you will relive the trip. A picture says a thousand words, so if you focus on making your photographs magical, you will remain with the best memories.


4. Decorate your room with maps and souvenirs

In case you didn’t do it already! If you don’t have maps in your room, start decorating! Also add your latest souvenirs from your trips. It is very beautiful to surround yourself with memories from all over the world.


5. Start to think about your next trip and plan it

It is proven that the best way to actually deal with PTD is to start thinking about your next steps in your journey. What’s your next destination on your bucket list? Look for recommendations on TripAdvisor and start dreaming again.


6. Help others like you

Speaking of TripAdvisor, one really good thing is to help other travelers like you! When you review the places you’ve visited, it’s a win-win. You will give important tips and tricks to people about the place, but you will also tell your story!

7. Live the moment!

Ok, this one is not specifically for PTD, but in general. Enjoy your life! Be grateful for what you have and for all the places where you were able to go so far. Understand that your wanderer life is amazing and that you grew so much in this time, making you this incredible person that you are right now!


Where Are You Going Next?

You grow and you change. That’s why we all travel. When you first go somewhere, you realize how much you can learn about that place, along with how much you can learn about yourself. We cannot wait for another trip to teach us something new. The culture, the vibe, the people. We love everything!

How do you cope with post travel depression? What’s the best thing that you can do to get out of this sad feeling that you have when the trip is over? Let’s help each other, comment below you best tricks to overcome PTD!

12 Responses

  1. Kelli Heitstuman-Tomko says:

    I don’t generally manage to leave the country when I travel, but I have definitely felt the letdown coming home. One of my trips was a cruise that I took with my family when I was still married, and for almost two months after we came home, my husband left a chocolate on my pillow every night, just like they did on the cruise. He did say he drew the line at folding the bath towels into circus animals though.

    • Stefania says:

      Hi Kelli! Thanks for reading! Very nice from your husband to do that! But indeed, I wouldn’t fold the towels like that either,haha.

  2. Ava says:

    I never knew the term PTD existed until reading this blog. There is a German word “fernweh” that essentially means having homesickness for a place that is far away and not necessarily your home. I think fernweh may be a part of PTD, but your article gives great tips on how to overcome this.

  3. Sean Egan says:

    Great post My wife used to live in Turkey for 7 months of the year and every time she went back to the UK she just worked like hell to get back into the sunshine as it was a seasonal job in Turkey.
    She then settled in UK when we met but had really bad S.A.D. in the winter months and eventually this got to her. We always used to go to a far away destination in the winter but as soon as we got back it was back to miserable whether . So 12 years on we decided to spend most of our time abroad . Now we don’t have to worry about long haul trips as we have the Blue Skies ,Sea and Sunshine pretty much all year around. Love this site and plenty of laces to put a good link or 2 in. Good Luck

  4. azaliha says:

    I never know I am having PTD myself after back from vacation and I thought it was normal. But I know, when I start talking a lot about my past trips, some of my family and friends dont really want to hear about it anymore.

    Thank you for your suggestion especially to decorate my room with travel maps and souvenirs. Its a great ideas and I like it.

  5. mulry says:

    Great post! I’m travelling to UK next week and even when I’m not there yet, the thoughts of how time flies and i will be back home again really got me. I am sure to check out your site again when the time comes! Thank you!

  6. Nick says:

    Hi again! Loved your site the first time and glad I came back. This is another great article! I recently travelled to the US from the UK and as soon as I was back I had to post holiday pictures everywhere haha! As soon as that craze had finished, I started planning my next trip, I agree with the points you’ve said and I urge others to do the same!

    • Stefania says:

      Hello Nick, so glad to have you back here! Thank you for checking my article! It’s so good when you start planning again! Happy travels!

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