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Cultural Awareness

Returning Home - Reverse Culture Shock

If you are in the process of planning a gap year or independent travel, returning home is probably the last thing on your mind and yet it is likely to be one of the harder parts of your journey. Whatever your age and experience, you are likely to find coming home a challenging time.

Reverse culture shock is the experience of returning to something that was once familiar but which now seems different.

Whilst the environment you return to is unlikely to have changed dramatically, you may have changed considerably.

Culture Shock

The impact of ‘culture shock’ can be devastating and ruin even the best planned trip; but it doesn’t have to be that way.


Too many people save up for years, plan for months and build up the excitement  leading up to a gap year, volunteering project or independent travel only to be confronted with the harsh realities on arrival; they find the cultural and environmental differences are so great they can’t cope and abandon their trip.


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Cultural Awareness

The effect of ‘culture’ on travellers falls into three categories:


Cultural Awareness is the initial process of learning about the different cultures you will encounter on your travels.


Culture Shock affects travellers on arrival in a new country. Culture shock is a far greater problem than most people imagine; it can have a very negative impact on travellers and has the potential to ruin a trip.

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