As we drove down the freeway heading home for Christmas, I was a ball of emotions. I felt happy to come home and see my family and friends, sad to be ending our year straight on the road, excited by the thought of Christmas ham and Pudding instead of hamburgers and couscous, but I was outweighed the most by anxiety about returning to reality. If James had of looked across at me in the passenger seat that day, he would have seen tears rolling down my face, yet a smile peaking through. Come to think of it, lucky he didn’t as he wouldn’t have known what to do!
Everyone tells you how incredible your life will be on the road (including the biggest preacher of them all; me!), they tell you all of these amazing places you will see and all the cool things to do, but no one tells you what to expect when you return home and face reality. There’s no handbook to help you settle back into a normal life after living such an abnormal life for the past year.
Although we’ve changed our life on the road from full time to part time, it’s still a hard adjustment. If i’m being completely honest, I feel like tiny Leprechaun punches me in the tummy every time I think about returning to work, Uni or life in general. I found myself googling; ‘How to readjust to reality after travelling’ the other day in the car park. And the worst part is that we aren’t even back to full reality yet. We haven’t gone back to work or study and we’ve spent the last 7 of 14 days away at the beach! I guess Dad calls me a Gypsy for a reason hey?
In those past 7 days at the beach, I realised that I had forgotten how to hold conversations with people other than James. I also realised that I need to accept that not everyone is into travelling and what comes with that, is that not everyone wants to hear about your travel stories. But my biggest realisation is that I need to accept that there are people in the world who are 100% content not travelling in their life. For the past year, we’ve only been associated with people who’ve had the same view point and travel perspective as us, so to now be associated with people in life that think oppositely, is hard to accept if i’m honest.
I’m sure there are people who haven’t been in this position thinking, ‘Get a grip, you were lucky to travel this long, go back to work!’. But maybe we aren’t all cut out for a normal life of work and one set home, maybe I’m the odd one in a million, that’s constantly on the lookout for a new destination and adventure; or maybe that’s just the definition of a true traveller.
I guess there is no guide book of how to adjust back to reality after travelling for so long, but maybe that’s for a reason. Maybe each traveller adjusts differently or maybe by James and I travelling on weekends and working during the week, we don’t ever have to return to our previous realities. However, in the meantime whilst we save our pennies again, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! And who knows, maybe I’ll be the one to fill the missing spot of the ‘Guide book to adjusting’ on the shelf.