Relocating Home: Five Tips For Backpackers Returning To The Nest

August 16, 2021

If you have been traveling the world recently and are gearing up to return home you may be struggling with conflicted feelings. It can be daunting to return to the life you left behind, yet exciting to see the friends and family you have missed. It can also be super stressful to relocate your life! We have collated our top tips to help you transition back home with less stress.

  • Sort Out Your Packing

If been backpacking continually or moving from place to place, then your packing list should be relatively reasonable. If you have settled somewhere for a longer period, you may have more items that you would like to bring back with you as reminders of your travels. The easiest thing to do is to find a reliable local courier who can help you send your belongings back home quickly and safely. Typically, it is cheaper to send items via boat but that can take months so finding professionals who can advise and assist you is the best way forward.

  • Organize All Transport In Advance

If you are moving between different time zones, you will likely be feeling like a zombie. Organizing all of your transport in advance will prevent any worry when you are on the move. Flights are a given but think about any taxis, buses, or trains that you may need on either side of the airport. It will also mean no mistakes are made as ordering transport with a jet-lagged head can be difficult!

  • Re-Register At All The Important Places

Boring admin may be at the bottom of your checklist, but it is important to make sure you are still registered (or re-register) for essential services. Your doctor will need to know you are home as will your student loan company if you are planning on getting a job again. Whilst you are at it, it may be prudent to book in with any healthcare providers for an all-round check-up now you are home — think doctor, dentist, and optometrist.

  • Get Social

Although, it is exciting to catch up with friends and family it can also be a little scary. Seeing how much everyone’s life has changed — or in some cases how little, can be weird. Keep your diary full for the first few weeks and reconnect with those you have missed. Remember that things may have changed and making the effort to see your loved ones is important for building bridges and strengthening your relationships.

  • Check Your Covid Requirements

With Covid still prevalent all over the world, it would be wise to check all of the requirements needed to return home. pre-book any tests you need to have and make sure you have a place to isolate if you have to. If you have been out of your own country for a while you must stay up to date with the latest laws and guidelines to avoid getting into any trouble on your return.

Are you returning home after a long time away? What is the thing you have found most stressful? Let us know in the comments!

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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