Itchy feet / Post trip blues -

Discussion in 'Hiking Chat' started by Fair Weather Camper, Jun 6, 2018.

  1. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    Even after a relatively short trip, its hard sometimes, not to feel a bit narky about being back.

    i'm lucky :confused:? enough to have a fairly demanding, outdoors job, in a beautiful part of the country, which requires that I throw myself straight back into the fray.

    But even then, things can feel a little flat, both physically, and metaphorically.
    The horizons are suddenly a little too narrowed.

    All you really want to do, once you've had a bath, and one night in a real bed, is to run off to the hills again ...

    Aside from hitting the bottle, or doing in your work colleagues with breathless hyperbole.

    How do other people cope, with the inevitable come down?
  2. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Start planning the next one :)
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  3. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Plan the next three :):):)
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  4. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    So true, its the only way :)

    Looks like you had an amazing trip tho, you're obviously still buzzing :headphone: but...

    I count every trip as a bonus, like most I have other commitments and can't go off when I feel the need. (I can be a tad selfish in that respect and have to learn to share my free time with others as well.)
    I love planning trips and, if there is a definite chance of me going on one, I'm happy planning the next one and sorting out gear. If not then...need to find other stuff to do...which can be tricky coz I don't have many hobbies...that's s a thing I need to work on.

    Many years ago I spend 4 months travelling with a friend (properly, hitchhiking with a small tent) and when we got back we felt very blue after a few days and regretted coming back...ended up spending the summer in Scotland. But this was pre-children and regular jobs and bills.
  5. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    There's nothing like a decent length trip to bring the mediocrity of 'modern/normal life' into sharp focus.

    Cope? I'm not sure I do. Every trip seems to make the ending of the next trip even harder. I have to go out again very soon.... like, a few days after I come back. The post trip blues always hit me badly.

    Going for a paddle in my kayak always helps, something about the speed of the travel you get on water helps the blues flow away for a while.
  6. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    Agree with all of that.

    Must be grateful for the privilege of going out at all, having the wherewithal, and physical ability, etc etc.

    And then, there's the total tragedy of knowing that there likely aren't enough years in a lifetime to do all the trips you could scheme up..:(

    And my 'normal' life isn't even mediocre, by most people's standards..
    Pretty much 'living the dream' in many ways..
    I can only therefore conclude, that I am an extraordinarily ungrateful person, with a very bad case of 'First World Problems' and should jolly well go get on with cleaning my embarrassingly mucky, old sleep mat...

    Whilst secretly planning the next five trips...

    :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :shamefullyembarrased: :happy: :sneaky:

    At least :D
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  7. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker


    My life isn't mediocre either, and I know I should be (and am) thankful, but at the same time unless you plan and do these things they won't happen and there'll be regrets later, especially to those of us who are adventurous. There are many things I'll (prob) never do (but would like to), but atm just to explore in the UK is fine with me, so I think that pleasure is not a guilty one.
  8. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    Yup, a particularly innocent pleasure :)
    And life gets increasingly shorter by the minute.
    (Argghh.. Panic, panic :confuseded:)

    And anyhows, guilt is a pretty pointless emotion in this case.

    Indulge your proclivities, with gay abandon, so long as no-one else gets hurt :angelic:

    And you're paying your fair share of the bills :cool:
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  9. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    I don't seem to struggle these days, I think having a life you enjoy and find worthwhile really helps, I'd say my life is pretty average, but I really enjoy my job so no dread Monday mornings and the kids give me purpose, asking for anything more would be greedy :)
    Having the next trip loaded helps too.
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  10. tom

    tom Thru Hiker

    The blues usually hits me on the final day of a trip (which is rarely less than a week somewhere). Once I get back there is so much work and family to catch up and my calender has the next trip dates reserved, decisions to be made (where, taking what, with whom...) - little time to grieve or crave. I feel quite lucky that I could rearrange my life a few years ago to allow for at least 40 days on trails per year "... if not now - when ....?" :) I rarely find time to plan hikes more than a rough idea and travel arrangements (never mind writing reports here....:() :rolleyes:
  11. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    Oh Mr Enzo.. You do put us to shame with such immodest displays of virtue.. :redface:

    A life designed around living it..
    Very sensible :)

    Similarly vague here about detailed trip planning .. Flexibility, and encounters unexpected, being a thing I much relish :happy:

    I do, however wish, that I could give myself the time, skills, and broadband :banghead: to craft more than the odd :confused: trip-report.

    That's almost as good as doing it all over again... Only with slightly better bathroom facilities :whistling:
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  12. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Thru Hiker

    I think I spend a week sulking after getting back, then get the maps out. Even a good day walk will do that to me.
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  13. OwenM

    OwenM Ultralighter

    [QUOTE="Fair Weather Camper, post: 94156, member: 4

    How do other people cope, with the inevitable come down?[/QUOTE]

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  14. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Got to say the pics from your trip were just beautiful, so I can see why the itchy feet, I saw rather too much porcelain than idealon my last trip. Good excuse to go back though. (With strict instructions to stay with family rather than in a hotel etc)
    All the thru hiker books I've read mention the post hike blues o_O
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  15. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

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  16. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

    Can't imagine i'd ever do more than 5 days

    I really realllllyyy reaaalllllllllllyyyyyyyyyyy enjoy hiking and camping in the mountains, but 4 days is enough, i miss my Mrs, family, mates, car, bed, shower

    Tend to get the camping itch about 3 times a year, can't say as i'd fancy it much more than that.

    Travel a bit with work though, so that tends to be enough for my itchy feet
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2018
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  17. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    5 days and the legs are just starting to 'kick in'. It's so nice to get fully in tune with the environment and this only happens for me after a week. 5 days plus is magic, any less doesn't butter my Parsnips.
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  18. dovidola

    dovidola Section Hiker

    I'm the opposite. For me it's that euphoric rush when stepping out at the start, knowing it's just me and my pack for the next few days. Can't beat it.
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  19. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    A strategy often given for overcoming difficulties, problems, or fears, is to identify and give a name to the source of the trouble. ..

    The other day I came across this new, to me, word for the wanderlust condition of far-sickness..

    'Fernweh' :)

    I suspect there isn't a cure, it's a congenital condition, I fear, maybe an addiction even?

    ... But at least you can tell your freinds and family you're suffering an attack of the "Fernwehs" if you ever seem a bit distant, or irritable, with everyday life :oops:

    They'll either understand, and leave you be, or else they won't get it, and will wander off baffled.

    Either way, you'll be left in peace to scan your train time-tables :angelic:
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  20. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    'Fernweh'........what a great word. :thumbsup:
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  21. Mox

    Mox Backpacker

    Grump! I got back about a month ago. I need pointy bits that are uncrowded. The Pyrenees is closet time wise but the lass gets snarky when I clear off for 7 days...
    Thing is, I've told myself that NO WAY Am I going again in June so it's got to be next September.
    /me ponders maps and plots.
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