Final month, a man got here as much as me at a reader meetup (let’s name him Pete). He’d simply returned from an overland drive from NYC to Patagonia. (How cool is that? What a visit that should have been!) After I peppered him with questions on his journey (I imply actually, how cool does that journey sound?), Pete requested me one:
“How do you take care of coming house after an extended journey, staying within the journey mindset, and conserving the teachings you realized alive?”
It’s an important query.
Submit-trip melancholy is an actual factor. I feel coming house is usually more durable than leaving, because it’s so anticlimactic. Earlier than you go, there’s this huge buildup of feelings, preparation, and pleasure. It’s superb. “I’m actually doing this!” you assume to your self. You’re shifting towards a objective. You’re excited. A brilliant way forward for chance lies earlier than you.
However then you definitely come again and it’s “now what?” There’s no extra buildup. There’s no huge second to look ahead to. You don’t come again with a bang; you come again with a whimper. Your pals are type of fascinated about your journey, however quickly their eyes glaze over at your journey tales. Earlier than it, you fall again right into a routine and it’s as if it by no means occurred.
The flip facet to that’s that for a lot of, such an extended journey is a few far-off dream within the first place. They don’t even get to expertise any of these highs and lows. For a wide range of causes, journey is simply not an possibility. They simply gained’t ever make it abroad.
So what do you do should you fall into a kind of classes? Whether or not you’re coming house from a visit or simply want you can journey, my recommendation to you is similar:
When you’ll be able to’t go anyplace, have the world come to you.
To me, journey is about discovery and studying about new cultures. It’s about discovering out how all of us match collectively on this large blue ball in area. The vacation spot is the least vital half about journey.
So why not journey the world by bringing it to you?
I’m fortunate. I spend numerous time in NYC. One of many causes I like the town a lot is that it makes me really feel like I’m nonetheless touring. There, within the Huge Apple, I get to fulfill folks from all over the world, hear languages I didn’t even know existed, eat genuine meals from any nation I would like, and get handled to cultural experiences second to none. In my view NYC is the center of the world. It’s the place I get to really feel as if I’m nonetheless on the market discovering new lands.
Nonetheless, even should you don’t reside in a worldwide metropolis like New York (or actually any huge metropolis) you’ll be able to nonetheless expertise journey with out ever leaving. Right here’s the way you — and Pete — can hold residing within the journey mindset:
First, take a look at Meetup to discover a native journey group. Perhaps they only exit exploring the area round you, however not less than you’ll be round like-minded folks. (And touring domestically remains to be journey!) Moreover, possibly you’ll discover a group that loves salsa dancing, going out for sushi, having dinner events the place they try and prepare dinner a dish from someplace all over the world, or simply speaking about journey. Who is aware of?! Meetup is one in all my favourite web sites as a result of there are teams for all various kinds of pursuits and folks. No curiosity is simply too obscure. (And you’ll at all times begin your personal group should you don’t discover what you’re in search of.)
Second, strive the sharing financial system web site Eat With, which lets locals put up listings for dinner events and specialty meals that folks can join. Eat With is just like the Airbnb for dinner events: you get to go to an individual’s house, share tales with them, and eat their meals. You’ll get a style of another person’s world — and also you in all probability gained’t even should journey that far. There’s a payment (everybody units their very own worth), and you may choose from a wide range of meals, relying on what the host desires to prepare dinner. Discover somebody cooking meals from someplace you’ve by no means been and go strive it! (Do you like to prepare dinner and host dinner events? You may signal as much as have friends come to you!)
Third, discover or begin an area journey group. There are lots of nice ones on the market. You will discover some on Meetup, however there’s additionally Journey Huge (an in-person world meet up) and on-line communities reminiscent of my discussion board and Lonely Planet’s discussion board. Or you’ll be able to simply seek for “journey” within the Fb search bar to see the lengthy checklist of journey teams you can be a part of. These organizations and teams join journey lovers, writers, business professionals, and everybody in between. You may discuss on-line, attend in-person meetups, and manage occasions. They’re one in all my favourite methods to attach with different journey diehards. You’ll get numerous inspiration out of them.
Even should you aren’t assembly vacationers, assembly individuals who love journey is usually simply pretty much as good. They’ll share your need, ardour, and curiosity on the earth. To them, your ideas of quitting your job to sail across the Pacific gained’t sound loopy!
Lastly, the easiest way to fulfill others such as you and actually convey the world to you is to make use of the web site Couchsurfing. I’ve written about Couchsurfing so much on this web site, because it’s one in all my favourite journey web sites on the market. It’s been round for over ten years and connects vacationers with locals to allow them to have a information, get related to occasions, and stick with somebody totally free! It’s a triple win. I’ve used it dozens upon dozens of instances on the street. There’s at all times somebody in search of a bunch in your hometown, so you’ll be able to have folks stick with you and be taught concerning the world that manner.
Years in the past, I learn a narrative a few farmer in Mongolia who lived in a yurt. He knew he was by no means going to depart his nation, so he signed up for Couchsurfing to be a bunch. Vacationers passing by way of the nation stayed with him. They informed him about their tradition, and he shared his. He introduced the world to him.
One other story I heard was that of a lady within the Midwest who had a daughter she needed to show concerning the world. Not having the ability to afford to journey, she opened her house to Couchsurfers, who taught her daughter about their house nations. It was her manner of making an open-minded surroundings.
This Belgian household did the identical factor. As they mentioned:
We see numerous racism on the earth and are satisfied that that is associated to the concern of the unknown. We don’t want to increase our youngsters to be troubled, not trusting the world. We predict it is necessary not solely to show our youngsters about hospitality however to indicate them. We wish them to know that each one persons are equal, it doesn’t matter what their pores and skin shade, faith, ethnicity, tradition, or language. Persons are good and prepared to assist and share. In fact there are “unhealthy folks” on the market, however the majority are good. We wish to present them our religion on the earth, as a result of then you’ll obtain it again. We had no cash to journey the world with our 4 children, so we determined to let the world come to us. We opened our home, our hearts, and our lives to strangers. Numerous them grew to become pals for all times.
In reality, the positioning doesn’t really require you to host folks. For those who don’t wish to be a bunch, there are native Couchsurfing meetups you’ll be able to attend as a substitute to fulfill different vacationers. (Couchsurfing has a brand new hangout function on its cellular app that allows you to discover different CSers in your space for such actions.) You can too join with individuals who simply wish to meet for a espresso, which is an effective way to commerce tales and knowledge in a impartial surroundings.
I used to host folks however haven’t had numerous area in my previous couple of flats to take action. Nonetheless, at any time when I’m house, I attempt to attend a Couchsurfing occasion. They’re enjoyable, you meet lots of people, and also you make new pals. Couchsurfing is just like the world’s hostel.
So don’t come house considering that that’s the top of your travels. There are lots of methods you’ll be able to convey the world to you and hold that journey spirit alive. Positive, you gained’t be gazing on the Pyramids of Giza, however not less than you’ll be able to find out about different cultures and meet totally different folks.
And isn’t that what journey is all about in any case?
If a man in a yurt in Mongolia could make it occur, you’ll be able to too!
P.S. – If you want to assist underprivileged college students journey extra, we’re at present fundraising for a bunch of scholars to go volunteer in Ecuador. Assist us attain our objective, change somebody’s life by exposing them to the world of journey, and get some journey swag within the course of. It’s a visit win!
Photograph Credit: 1, 3