So you've just got back from your awesome trip to the USA and now you have to deal with the fall-out. Not sure what we mean? Well, you're now back to reality and nothing is quite the same as it was before. After all, you've seen so many great things that everyday life just seems a bit boring.
1. Bus journeys are so boring
Bus journeys in the USA may have been long, but hey, there was the singing and the friends and sharing all the candy around, which meant they were pretty fun. Sitting on the 305 into town doesn't even compare.
2. Itchy feet
Got an itch you just can't scratch? That will be the travel bug and it just won't go until you book another trip. And expect to be afflicted for the rest of your days – oops, sorry.
3. Squirrels just don't cut it anymore
Do you remember when you used to go to the park and be delighted when a squirrel would appear out of nowhere? Those were the days! Now, all you can think is that it doesn't compare to the bison you saw in Yellowstone/bear you saw in Alaska/toucan you saw in Costa Rica.
4. British candy sucks
Yeah, we can feel vaguely nostalgic about it, because it's what we grew up with, but it's not as varied, colourful and so damn tasty as the American stuff. Next time, I'm taking an empty suitcase and bringing nothing but candy back. Period.
5. Where is everybody?
After making all these great new friends and spending 24/7 with them for weeks, you're suddenly on your own. Did you guys just see that? Oh no, wait, where is everyone?
6. Fancy dress is not an everyday fashion choice
Dressing up is all part of the fun on a TrekAmerica trip and it feels so natural when everyone else is doing it. You feel a bit silly all alone in your local supermarket dressed as Wonder Woman when you get home.
7. A room without a view
Ah, what a lovely view of an office block, said nobody, ever. Just close your eyes and watch the memories come flooding back. Just don't let your boss/lecturer catch you.
8. Surely nobody can live off that!
When you first got to the USA you thought the portions were massive. Now you realise that it's just the ones back home are tiny.
9. Nobody understands when you use American words
What are you staring at? I just said pass my cell. Oh yeah, that's not what we call them here again. What's the word I'm looking for?
10. Patriotism is not OK
At home, it's only acceptable to be patriotic if there is a big sporting event going on. In the USA, there's no excuse too small to whip out the old stars and stripes.
So go on, what are you waiting for? Book another trip, you know it's the right thing to do!