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Dealing with traveller’s remorse

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By Evelyn Masaba

Travel is surely a fun experience. People travel for so many reasons, and, no matter what the cause, travel adventure is inevitable. Travel always comes with learning a new language, a new culture and ample experiences.

It’s a sad reality that not many people are able to visit their dream destinations due to several reasons, including visa restrictions and limited income. This results into many people reaching a frustration point called remorse, making them give up entirely on travel.

Traveller’s remorse refers to a traveller’s feeling that makes them conclude that they have not actually visited the places they so desired. Sometimes this remorse puts travellers in a very choleric mood that can drive everyone around them crazy because they can be irritable and hard to be around.

Traveller’s remorse can also occur for so many reasons, but mostly it occurs when travellers actually have the opportunity to visit their dream destination but are unable to explore everything because they do not have enough financial means to cover the expense or they have a busy schedule if the travel was due to business.

Once you leave and the remorse hits in, it makes you feel as if the time spent might have been wasted and you wonder if you will ever get another chance to visit that place again. In some cases, it does not happen as fast as it might be expected to. Sometimes it comes a year or two later when you are too busy to indulge in travelling.

Traveller’s remorse can at the same time come in the form of regret; you start wondering why you even bothered to travel in the first place. Questions about why you even spent all that money on such trips when you would have used it for something else will start plaguing your mind. You might be critical of every other travel plan someone gives you because in your mind you feel there are more important things to do other than packing your bags to go off to some far off place.

The effects of traveller’s remorse can sometimes lead to depression, which can be quite dangerous. How do you deal with it? Jumia Travel recently highlighted some solutions.

Ardent travellers are those who have learnt to accept the fact that they will not be able to see the many different places in the world whilst trying to build a career, thus making peace with it.
Sometimes, you just have to jump into it and do it, whenever you feel sad about not being able to travel to a place or do what you wanted to do. Plan a vacation.

Remember, you can do everything that you put your heart into. A destination may seem off limits but not forever. Plan and save for it. And sometimes all you need is to take a day off at the spa and spoil yourself at your favourite local places. Nothing lasts too long; remember that if you feel low right now, tomorrow will bring you better opportunities.

About The Author

Evelyn Masaba is the public relations manager at Jumia Travel in Uganda. Travel.jumia.com is Africa’s No.1 hotel booking website, allowing you to get the best prices for more than 25,000 hotels in Africa and more than 200,000 hotels around the world. Follow @NoirEnBlanca

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