Coming back from your travels: More like going back, in a daunting time machine that feels more and more like sipping on the bittersweet juice of nostalgia.

Everything has changed yet it’s all still the same. The people, friends and family that were once yours have moved on without you. Eternal rings have been placed on fingers. Kids have spawned from them and mutated into little people. Careers have kick-started in an upward downward spiral of new settlement. And now you’re stuck wondering why you returned.


Or maybe you haven’t returned. Maybe you took a detour along the way and ended up somewhere completely different from where you started. Not another travel destination, no, a new place to call home. Yet as you walk down the streets, take in the sights and mingle with the residents you realise you don’t belong in this foreign haven. So if not here, where? What home do you have to call yours?

Everything has changed and there’s no way to change it back, no way back. So here are your options:

  1. Stick with where you are and build a life there. Find happiness in the simplest moments and don’t waste another second. Begin your life.
  2. Move away. Again. Find a new journey, adventure or foreign land to roam. Pack your bags, book a flight and go. Get out of town and never look back.
  3. A combination of both number 1 & 2. Stay. Build a new life there while taking the time to travel the world with all the spare minutes, days and weeks you get. Live the life you always wanted that has the rich blend of stability yet the tangy punch of variety. Come unstuck. Love life once more and live it without regrets, only looking forward.

Either way you go, whichever path you follow, make a choice and stick with it. Make the choice you can live with, that will bring you happiness and sadness alike but preferably more of the first than the latter. Those of you, who like me have been bitten by the travel bug, will understand this and maybe one day those of you who haven’t will too.

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Author: Smiling Seoul

A British YouTuber who loves & lived in Korea then moved to Canada yet still craves the rush of travelling the world.

6 Responses to "The Pains of Returning From Your Travels"

  1. Mo Posted on December 29, 2014 at 2:03 AM

    I have always wanted to travel but working and family issues have always gotten in the way. Plus not being financially stabled was a problem too. May I ask how did you begin to start traveling? Did you study abroad first?


    • Smiling Seoul Posted on July 18, 2016 at 10:48 AM

      I first started travelling when I worked at a summer camp in America while I was at university (Camp America). That made me realise I wanted to travel more and that it could be done too. (Sorry this is late, hope family issues aren’t still getting in the way.)

  2. ANTOINETTE Posted on June 15, 2015 at 1:22 AM

    love your blog

    • Smiling Seoul Posted on July 18, 2016 at 10:43 AM

      Thank you!!

  3. Vix Posted on July 17, 2016 at 1:54 PM

    You are amazing!! Write so well! Even if you wrote it long ago, it still applies for some in present.
    …a bugged girl 😀

    • Smiling Seoul Posted on July 18, 2016 at 10:49 AM

      Thanks!! I’m so happy to know it still applies now.

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