Reverse culture shock refers to the difficult set of emotions felt by those who have spent an extended period of time abroad.
It is common for people returning from an international trip to experience a mixture of emotions when they return. The transition period can often take one or two weeks, and even longer for some.
Everyone's experience is different. You may relate to some, all, or none of these.
People who experience reverse culture shock may feel and/or experience the following more common symptoms:
Here are five ways you can reduce or eliminate feelings of reverse culture shock:
Additional resources related to reverse culture shock and how to deal with it can be found in Native Foreigner Magazine . Their article, Reverse Culture Shock, was the source for much of the information above.