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Craving nomadic life, campervans and post travel blues

I've been feeling anxious for the last few days, my insomnia has come back, I feel in a constant state of worry, my head is fuzzy, I can't seem to get anything done, I spend all day attempting to work but seem to be going around in circles. A complete contrast to how I was feeling only a few days ago while we were road tripping around the country.

It suddenly dawned on me yesterday, i've only felt this way since we arrived back in a house, these four walls not only imprison my body but also my soul. I mentally can't cope with being stuck in a house, I feel trapped.

As far back as I can remember i've had a burning desire to travel, to see the world, to explore and find all of the magical places this planet has to offer, and that was the plan.

One evening in 2009 I had planned to book a flight from the UK to New York the next day, but my plans were thrown out of the window when I unexpectedly tested positive on a pregnancy test, I was in complete shock. Although I knew i'd like children one day, they were certainly not on the cards at that point in my life.

My son was born at the beginning of 2010 and my travel plans were pushed to the depths of my mind. In the years that followed and following the birth of my second son 2 and a half years later, I started my own business hosting children's art and craft workshops and parties and continued to do so for 10 years.

But it never stopped that wanderlust, it burns so deep within me and I can't ignore it. In 2006 we bought our first van and converted it into a camper, it was a medium based Iveco daily.

As inexperienced van converters we made the boys bed too small and one always ended up on a blow up mattress on the floor. Despite the awkward sleeping arrangements we did our first road trip in that van, over 2000 miles, from the UK, into France, through Belgium, into Germany down part of the Rhine and then through Romantische Strasse (Romantic Road), we reached the Alps and the border of Switzerland before heading back to the UK through France. It was the first time in my life that my soul felt fulfilled. I knew that was exactly what I needed to do, I needed to lead a more Nomadic lifestyle.

We sold the van after that trip and bought a second Iveco daily MWB, this time we put fitted bunk beds in the back for the two boys, complete with curtains and USB charging points! We enjoyed many travels and adventures in that van, which was also kitted with a removable burner. It didn't half get hot fast in the van with that on!

In 2019, 10 years after becoming a mum and 7 years after my second son was born, I got pregnant again with our daughter. The van was only kitted out for the four of us!

So we sold it and bought a long wheel based Iveco daily, we needed the extra space as a family of 5. It took longer than anticipated to complete this time around as we happened to buy it right before Covid hit and we went into lockdown.

On 18th August 2022 we went on our first proper road trip and amassed 1000 miles. It was magical, we travelled to the bottom of England, visited The Eden Project and many beautiful beaches and drove back through Wales, exploring the South and West coast.

And then 3 days ago we arrived back in the house and i've struggled since. I've done some research and it seems post travel blues or post travel depression is a real and common thing.

I guess it's similar to arriving home from any holiday, back to the grindstone and groundhog day, only for me it seems deeper, I feel like a butterfly trapped in a net, I don't want to wake up in the same place everyday, see the same view out of my window.

And so we've already planned the next adventure in two weeks time, i'll embrace this time as a chance to rest, refresh, do some work. And then i'll go feed my soul again.

Please keep a look out for my other blogs coming soon detailing our campervan trips and a more in depth look at post travel blues.

If you feel your mental health is really suffering please seek professional advice or reach out.




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