Traveling depression? Some of you readers may think “What’s wrong with you? You are so lucky to travel around the world while I’m sitting in front of my desk, working!”
I know it’s hard for you to imagine travelers can experience traveling depression when you see their pictures of breathtaking scenery or their selfies in the beautiful emerald-green water on Facebook or Instagram.
The reason why I’m writing this is not to complain about traveling. I just wanted to share one of the things that can happen to you if you trip to or live in another countries.
Most times, you feel so happy and grateful that you are in beautiful countries with full of interesting people, having experiences that you never forget like dancing in the rain on Khao San road or going for skinny dipping in the middle of the night. You think traveling is one of the best decisions you’ve ever made in your life. Everything feels right and perfect.
But all of sudden, you find yourself in a foreign country that you know only a few people or nobody.
The way people look, the way people talk, the language people use, the ideas of people, the opinions of people are so different that everything feels so alien to you.
When traveling depression visits you…
You feel disconnected. You feel lonely. You feel like you don’t belong to anywhere. You feel like crying. You want to hide from everyone, but there’s absolutely no space for you..
You wish you were a turtle. If you were a turtle, you can hide anytime you want and you don’t have to show how you feel to anybody.
At least, this was how I felt sometimes while I was traveling. Traveling depression can hit you a couple of times, and it hits me really hard on and off. I’m not 100% for sure whether I will experience it again or not. Probably, traveling depression will visit me again.
Never give up
But I didn’t give up on my journey because there is always somebody who holds my hands, hugs me and tells me everything is going to be alright.
The best partner of your life
Even though there is no one beside you, it’s okay. You know what? You forget about the best friend of your life. It’s you. You have you.
This is the moment that you truly have a chance to grow and learn about you. You feel more comfortable about who you are and find inner strength to control your life. You find your way out of traveling depression and other problems you encounter on the road by yourself. You feel like you’re getting stronger and stronger each day.
Trust me. You will be very surprised how strong you are.
I can’t stop traveling. It’s like a good relationship or friendship. It makes you laugh, it makes you cry, it makes you happy, and the most importantly, it makes you love yourself more and more, day by day.
Explore Your Life Now
Don’t be afraid. Don’t give up. Be brave.
You have only one life to live.
Have you felt down or frustrated while you’re traveling or living far away from family and friends? Please share with us how your own traveling depression was like.
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