Yes, post-vacation blues are real. Travelling is one of the most amazing and life-changing experiences, and leaving home for your travels is easy, but returning home after your trip is the tough part.
Anyone who has returned from a satisfying vacation knows what I am talking about. The first time I experienced this was a few years ago and I thought I was the only one, but then I talked to some people who just came back from their trips, and it turns out that post-travel depression is not so rare. I have been through it countless times now, so trust me when I say I know exactly what you are going through!
After a journey filled with mind-blowing adventures, you have to go back to the exact same old spot that you left – sitting on the couch at home with nothing to do. The reunions with all your friends and family are over, all the stories are told, and now all you are left with is staring at the horizon, dreaming, and wishing for another opportunity to get away again.
Post-travel blues can leave you feeling down, exhausted and unmotivated (if not all three). Having to go back to the routine of daily life can be a source of extreme distress and discomfort. However unpleasant it may be, with a few simple tips and tricks, post-vacation depression can be overcome, and you can dive back into a productive routine and wait for your next journey with great anticipation. You just need a little determination, and a little self-care. Here are a few tips on how to get over the depression and get back to your usual awesome self.
Maximize the positivities of your trip
You should try to view this longing for travelling as a positive thing. Rather than feeling bitter that you are back home, you should try to appreciate the moments and memories you have collected throughout your journey. While you were away, you pushed yourself outside your usual comfort zone, made friends with people from all around the world, tasted a lot of new foods and drinks, and in general, you realize that you have grown as a person. Your experiences abroad have provided you with new lenses to view the world. Now you are always able to reflect back on your experiences and apply them to different parts of your life. You can even use your fabulous adventures to fill your daily life at home with the same inspiration and excitement you felt while you were away. Ignore the post-vacation blues! Be grateful that you got the chance to travel and experience your vacation. Remember that many people cannot afford to do that or are limited by other life factors.
Jump back into the swing of things
Whether you were away for a long journey or just for a few weeks, going back to your routines will not be easy. When planning your trip, make sure to book a couple of extra days at the end so that you have time to rest and process all the things that you just experienced during your travels, and recover and prepare yourself for the adjustment period you will have to go through after returning from your trip. It is a good idea to make a list including all the things you want to focus on and complete, which will be helpful in going back to where you were before your trip. Connecting again with friends and catching up with them will help you escape from the post-vacation blues, and shift back to your normal daily life more easily. Also, that way you will get a chance to relive your trip by sharing with them all of your awesome experiences.
Organize your photos
Another way to take your mind off the post-vacation blues is not to make the mistake of waiting too long before you go through, edit and share your travel photos or otherwise, there is a high risk that you might forget the rich details of your trip. As you look through your pictures, each one of them reminds you of different emotions and stories attached to it. Make sure to take a few hours to organize your snaps! You can also print out photos and put them up in your home and office. Relive the best moments of your vacation by making a photo album that serves as an all-time reminder of your epic travels.
Infuse your daily life with elements of your trip
While you are not able to travel to different spots around the globe every week, you can incorporate the best bits of your adventure abroad into your life back home. This is also a great way to get over the post-vacation blues. If you were really impressed by the cuisine on your travels, relive some of your trip’s best meals by learning how to cook dishes from that culture at home. Create a playlist of all your favorite songs you heard while you were away, and play the music of the country you miss. If you enjoyed hearing and speaking a certain foreign language, commit to taking language classes or learning the language by yourself at home. By merging experiences from your travels with your regular life, you can keep the excitement of all your discoveries no matter where in the world you are!
Keep on travelling!
Keep your travel buzz going by planning your next travel adventure. Planning your next trip will take your mind off feeling depressed after being back home, and will brighten up your day and get you excited knowing that something just as fun is in your future. There is no better way to cure the post-vacation blues than to pull out a map, and begin researching the places you would like to visit and the things you would like to see and do. This will keep your spirit up and help you stay focused on the future rather than being stuck in the past.
Try to turn your travels into a beautiful chapter of your life that is full of wonderful memories, and let it shape who you are, how you act, and determine what you are going to do with the next chapter of your life.