The 7 Stages Of Post-Travel Syndrome
Here’s a few things I’m certain about, in chronological order, that happen after the fun and games are over. Post-travel syndrome, if you may.
This post definitely hit me. Ever since we got back from the US, I’ve been relieving moments from our trip and been missing it every single damn day. I’ll go through it one by one if you may..
1. Reuniting with your life
- I was glad that I can use the bathroom longer and do my rituals one by one. To be honest, I haven’t spent 30 minutes in the bathroom when we were on our trip because we were always on the go and we got one so there’s no time. During our last week, I haven’t been able to sleep comfortably because I was sleeping on the couch most of the time so when I got to sleep on my on bed, I felt relieved.
- The first day since we got back, I was feeling a bit strange because first, it was hot. I tell you, heat in LA compared to the Philippines is sooo different. I was not used to this humid heat weather of the PI for the last month. I was irritated, tbh. I transferred our pics from my DSLR to my laptop and checked our photos and can’t help but think that this trip really did happened. It wasn’t a dream or anything. I was constantly checking our pictures and even made a video of it. Crazy, I know!
3. Rock Bottom
- I’ve been constantly telling my friends and nephews that I miss the Bay Area so much that I wanna go back, asap. That I miss the cold & chilly weather of Bay Area, the laid back aura of it and the simple and chill life of Northern California. The ease to buy the things you always read and see on the internet, and so on. I want to fast forward the days and be summer again. And then it hit me— reality.
- Hanging in the house, going somewhere doesn’t appeal to me anymore. I’ve been reading my past tweets since we were on our trip and looking back at those days when were always out and traveling. Watching NBA wasn’t exciting anymore because you watch it during mornings, not afternoon or night. Everything gets less exciting.
- I can always go back to US if I have a job and is earning money. The problem is, I don’t work, I’m still in school. So how on Earth am I going to support myself next year? I just don’t know.. The only think that I can think of is to do well this school year for a reward.
6. Moving forward with higher standards
- I don’t know but, I start comparing things from the US (more so in California) and here in the Philippines. I totally understand why my friends complain and always compare the way of life in the US and here. I know it’s wrong but I just can’t stop comparing :| Then it hits me again, "you are in the Philippines, not in the States. You can’t do anything about it."
All of a sudden, the mundane life and the simple things that came along with it you once thought you appreciated, no longer can make you happy.
- This is SO true.
I’m still between #5 and #6.. I’m still on the process of the PTS (Post-travel syndrome) of mine. And I don’t think it will disappear soon.
It’s been a loooooooong time since I last shared/posted my own original photos and I missed it terribly! I’ve had another chance to visit this wonderful city for the second time and I’ve got to do the things I haven’t done when we last went there. So here’s a new set of our Singapore vacation last week that I would like to share. It’s not much but it can manage haha.