Dealing With PTF (Post-Trip Funk): My Return Home
Published on May 12, 2010
Love having you stay with your parental units. PTF's depends on the person I think. Some can get over it in a day, others take forever, and most are probably up & running "normal" in a few days to a few weeks. Depends on how anal-retentive they are, & how quickly they learn to enjoy whenever they are. It's not always about living within the box, your travels, should give you experience to live outside of the box (or at least the possibility). Yes, people have to put a roof over head, clothes on your back and food to sustain yourself, for some that is returning to the world they left behind, Therefore they were on vacation, but found living & working in different places, coming home to find work, there is very little PTF. It's sad to have the vacation over, so now its back to your world that does give you food, shelter, clothing & hopefully enough money for your next vacation. Having lived & worked abroad, I guess I found no PTF for me, just relief to be home, because there is no place like home because whether you like it or not coming from a place of conveniences, its hard to give into not having the luxuries, like a full size fridge, washer & dryers (living with washing hanging up in the apt.every day, good reason to be out while drying). Living out of a suitcase, backpacks for couple of years is not fun either. So its about appreciating the opportunity to see the rest of the world & bringing some of that wonder home, look forward to next time you go travelling & the possibilities offered by travel that can be incorporated into life at home.
I wonder what kind of timeline PTF has? Like one day of recovery for each week gone? Someone should research this!
I will always remember walking my dog, a week after I returned, and offering up a deep bow-- from the waist, of course-- to a passerby across the street. It was the strangest look I've ever gotten, and lasted the entire rest of the block. That was the prompt for some PTF soul searching. Good luck to you, sister.