STEP 12: STAY HEALTHY AS YOU COME HOME
It's easy to forget that you may have some health issues coming home. Take care of yourself when the time comes. You can again experience travel fatigue, jet lag, and even culture shock, so give yourself a break.
Once home, you may feel tired, a bit disoriented, and a bit out of step with your friends who didn't travel away from campus. It can be disappointing to realize that few people, regardless of how interested they might be, will listen for very long to others' work, study, or volunteer abroad experiences. So connect with those who share your excitement, and at the same time, listen to the experiences your friends had while you were gone. Monitoring your regular health issues, emotions, diet and exercise are all part of getting reconnected at home to what you like, want, and need to keep yourself healthy.
This checklist of things to do can help you plan to stay healthy as you return home:
So, welcome home. And now with all this experience, it's time to figure out how to finance and plan another international adventure!