A true story told in GIFs:
Life as an Inbetweener – a term I just made up for when you’ve returned home from a trip, doing nothing until you go travelling again – is rough. You were once that person; the one with the great tan, amazing Instagram pictures of exotic landscapes, and you always seemed to have a big group of new friends around you. People at home envied you, kept asking you when you would be home so you could hang out again. Then you were finally back in your own bed, cooking your own food, speaking your own language. Everything that you had missed while away was right there for you to enjoy. Then your tan faded. People who were so eager to hang out once you got home were suddenly too busy with their lives. You started to miss the fresh street food, being around like-minded people and living out of a backpack. So you decided it was time to plan a new adventure. And this is how it (by default) is gonna go:
- You are bored with everything
“Can it stop raining already? Why am I doing laundry on a Saturday night? I hate it here and I need some pad thai.”
- People at home stress you out
So your friends all have awesome careers now and they just moved in with their significant other and have no time for you, and you’re living off your savings account and the only thing you’ve accomplished lately is your high score in Candy Crush.
- You can’t stand looking at your travelling friends online having a good time
Of course this is just because you’re super jealous.
- You decide to do go on a new adventure, but planning is overwhelming
The world is big, and there are so many cool things to see everywhere. Where do you even begin!?
- You finally pick your adventure, book a flight and cannot contain your excitement
This is the most relieved you’ve felt in a long time.
- You have a lot of things to get done before you leave and it stresses you out
Plan stuff, do some paperwork, save money, cry.
- You share your plans with EVERYONE
You’re not trying to brag – you’re genuinely happy to have a purpose in life again. Some people will be happy for you. Some will roll their eyes and be like “AGAIN? Are you ever going to get back to real life?”
- Graduation goggles
The day of your departure is approaching, and suddenly leaving seems so difficult. You’re going to miss home and your friends so so so much. All the things you’ll miss out on while away, like mom’s birthday and your best friend’s first blind date!
- You jump into your adventure and it’s everything you hoped it would be
After an emotional whirlwind, you’re where you want to be, and you finally feel whole again. Plus, your tan looks amazing.
So pack your bags and go chase your dream! Your adventure is waiting for you.