1. Heather
    May 3, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

    Starting two months ago, the mental weight of the year in Oz ending and needing to return home started weighing on me! I tried to stay in the moment every day, but the weight/baggage was always in the back of my mind.

    Within a few hours of being home, I’d unpacked my suitcases (to have something to distract me from being so upset) and I think it’ll be a while before I can unpack all the emotions and thoughts!

    • Andrew
      May 4, 2011 @ 9:36 pm

      That aftermath of a trip is a pretty important part of it. Especially going back into a known situation, you get to see how you react different and who you have become with the travel experiences in the old situations. Good luck to you in unpacking and organizing your mental baggage.

  2. Sabina
    May 3, 2011 @ 3:34 am

    Taking mental baggage on any trip can really basically ruin it. One time I went through something really difficult at home, so I escaped to the Bahamas for a week afterward. The problem was it was immediately afterwards, and the stress was still 100% with me. If I’d waited a couple of months to unwind naturally at home first, I would have enjoyed the trip so much, I think. Instead, it wasn’t totally ruined, but it’s nothing I ever even look back on fondly.

    • Andrew
      May 4, 2011 @ 9:34 pm

      It depends on how you best deal with such baggage. I tend to like to get away and think. So I pick places that aren’t really “vacation” spots with beaches and such; but just a place that isn’t home to try to get my head organized. A few years ago I was in Bologna and took a late train to Rimini in the winter, so it was dark and deserted, and had to take a night train home. Not much of a vacation, but good to think.

      But if you need time to just unwind and use the vacation to re-energize as opposed to clean-out, then I can get onboard with the idea of waiting.

  3. Jeremy B
    May 3, 2011 @ 12:02 am

    I have too much mental baggage every day!! 🙂 However, I agree that travel can clean out the mental closet. And that’s a good thing. I think traveling has an effect on me now as well. I’ve stated this before but traveling for me is about a mindset and not so much the next trip or destination. When that is the case, it changes how you think and live when you are at home too.

    • Andrew
      May 4, 2011 @ 9:32 pm

      Hah.. Yup, daily baggage is as big a deal. I know that quite well too.

  4. Natalie
    May 1, 2011 @ 4:44 pm

    I seem to be able to forget my mental baggage when I am traveling however once back home then it starts again. I always need to go back to work and top up the penny pot, perhaps if I stayed away for longer then I would not be apprehensive about returning to normality

    • Andrew
      May 4, 2011 @ 9:31 pm

      Or you might be more anxious. Humans seem to get stuck in a rut. After a long time away, maybe you really wouldn’t want to return. I applaud you if you can keep your mental baggage from weighing you down until you get back. As I wrote, it is usually the last day or two of the vacation when the idea of going home creeps up on me.

  5. Ali
    April 30, 2011 @ 2:44 am

    I’ve gotten pretty good about forgetting about work while I’m on vacation, though not entirely. It’s those last couple days before going back that the bad feelings start creeping in. When I was in Australia last year, I got so sad on my last day because I knew it was ending.

    Thanks for the link to my luggage post 🙂

  6. Katherina
    April 30, 2011 @ 12:45 am

    Absolutely – It happens to me more often than I wished. If I travel, I take with me my blackberry, which automatically means receiving work e-amils 24 hours a day. I know, many would say “turn it off” but I can’t, so I keep on carrying those documents I have to urgently send when I’m back, that meeting preparation and model adjustment wherever I go.
    I’d like to leave it all behind and just enjoy of my free days – which is why (in terms of work) I made a new promise: I’ll only read my e-mails once a day maximum, and will answer if its a really urgent matter (as per my own judgement, not from others). The rest of the time – I will even forget my blackberry at home (I did this during my holidays – it felt great!).