Sunday social travel talk,  We12hike

Hello home! Meet me on the day after…

This is going to be a 5 minute Sunday Social Travel Talk only! No time to talk really because it’s been nothing but work/gym/sleep since I came home from Argentina early last week. I did something I never do when coming back home from an overseas journey, which is taking a day off to recover. Yes, recover, you read that right…

I came home from a 36 hour journey at 2.00 am and woke up at 9.30 again. It wasn’t a good night’s sleep though because at first, Martijn’s alarm went off while he was long gone and I obviously have no idea to switch it off, so it took me three snoozes to figure it out. Then the chickens of our neighbors started arguing and that proved it was about time for me to get out of bed. I unpacked my bottles of wine, cookies and other stuff I bought, but was too lazy to put on laundry. The only good thing I did was going for a walk to get some fresh air, because being stuck on a plane next to a person that farts all the time (yes, really!) is no fun. Luckily it was the short flight from Madrid to Amsterdam only but still… gross!

So anyway, the walk I wanted to take was quite short since they are still reconstructing the route I always take along the Rhine, for some reason it’s been taking forever (yes, I’m impatient). There for I was unable to greet my favorite cows, which are always challenge to pass by when running as they usually block the trail, but there was no sign of them now. My dad called to ask if I was home (he’s pretty old and usually just calls to check if I’m there at all, I don’t think he’s got any idea of where I am most of the time, but that’s OK) and when we finished talking, I took a nap on the couch. Man, I shouldn’t have done that as the last couple of nights I was wide awake until about 01.00 am, way beyond my regular bed time.

This totally proves my point that you should never take a day off to recover after you get home. You should just go and do something to keep you occupied (in my case: work). Taking days off after a journey are worthless because you’re not doing anything anyway. (To read more about this in Dutch, go here). As far as I can remember I never took a day off after coming home, not even when I came home from Alaska or New Zealand, which are pretty much on the other side of the world. I guess the napping on the couch is what killed me, I’m in the middle of a jetlag right now. Something I swore I’d never be a victim of… I clearly remember saying to my friends “I don’t do jetlags”, when they asked me wtf I was doing running around directly again after an overseas journey. At least I’m still awake each morning at 06.00 am again to get some (overdue) work done for our site. And I really need to prepare for TBEX in Athens which starts in about 3 weeks. My mind just keeps running …

But not today. Today is my fun day off! No napping on the couch or unpacking (I’ve still not done that… sigh). By the time you’re reading this I’ll be hiking out somewhere. Trying to get some peace of mind and stop my brain from running and wanting to do too much. Cleaning up the mess inside my head. Just placing one foot in front of another for hours without having to think about it. Getting rid of my jetlag. Do what I love most, which is being outdoors. Let’s see if there’s still a bit of purple left in the landscape like last year, or it has faded and orange colors are making their way into the world again…

Have a great Sunday everyone!

PS I’ll probably be posting some pictures on Instagram when home, so don’t forget to check the we12travel account later on!

[This post is a part of the Sunday Social Travel Talk series… each Sunday we’ll tell you something about a personal / private travel related topic. Go here to read the previous posts!]


  • Meg @ Mapping Megan

    I also find taking days off after returning home worthless – I end up sleeping through the whole day and waking up more jetlagged and tired than I would have been otherwise!

    Happy Hiking – enjoy your Sunday!

  • Sammi Wanderlustin'

    For the first time this summer, I took two days off before returning to work, but honestly I was so sick already! I’d actually been “recommended” not to fly, but my flight home was an hour, I’d been away a while and wanted my own bed…. so I went home. It was kind of doctor ordered, but…. still!

  • Lauren

    It’s always difficult when you return home from a trip – you feel exhausted, yet there’s so much to do! I find I’m the same way – my mind is racing and my body says no, just relax!

  • Hannah

    Ew poor you on the plane! People always mention to me the interesting people they get stuck beside but I have yet to get lucky…my last seat mate on my flight from Amsterdam-Toronto stole my pillow when I got up to stretch my legs then faked being asleep the rest of the trip…was not impressed!

  • Margherita @The Crowded Planet

    Well, you did have an amazing Argentina trip, so a bit of jetlag is a small price to pay. I totally agree with you when you say that spending time outdoors is the best way to relax. In a mountain hut here in Italy there’s a sign saying: Rest is not rest, turning work into hard work is rest. Which means: don’t stay at home and veg out on the couch, go to the mountains and work your butt off!

  • Mélyssa

    Funny you should write about this now, as I’ve just experienced it last week. I still had plenty of time off after I came back from California, and it took me a whole week to recover from jet lag. :-/ And I remarked to someone that it would have been quicker had I been forced into routine… Good to see a seasoned traveller confirm this theory! I’ll keep that in mind next time I travel to a different time zone. 🙂

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