In the third film, Frodo returns to the Shire after completing his task of destroying the one ring. While Sam, Merry and Pippin are elated at returning home, Frodo seems distant.
He has been on this big adventure, one that was traumatic very nearly cost him his life and is a changed man. Home is not what it once was.
In the end, he ends up departing along with his uncle Bilbo to the Grey Havens, his eyes opened and mind changed by his adventure.
If ever there was a sequence that perfectly displays the emotion of experiencing reverse culture shock this is it. I saw the films in a whole new light after I realised this.
But, Frodo’s decision to leave Middle Earth to bring me onto my next point.
However, depressing the feeling of returning home can be there are some positives. Obviously, it’s nice to see family and friends again after a long time away.
It’s also important to remember that you are in charge of your destiny. Just because one trip has ended does not mean you’re not going to go on another.
If you’re lucky enough to come from a European Union country, then the option of working in another country is easily available if you so desire it.
This is an important point, if you feel your heart is on the road, then there are ways to make it a reality.
Teaching English abroad, working on a cruise ship, getting a working holiday visa for another country.
These are all options for living away from home if that is what you want to do with your life. Use the feeling of being satisfied as motivation to travel again!
Just because you have returned home does not mean that you’re not finished with travelling. Time is the most precious commodity we have as humans. If you want travel to be an integral part of your life, then you can!
To use a quote from the great J.R.R. Tolkien, “Remember, not all who wander are lost!”