While it might sound like a ‘luxury’ problem, there’s no denying that coming back from a holiday can be tough. One day you’re sipping margaritas on a beach somewhere, visiting amazing places and making new friends, and the next you’re back at work, staring at a bunch of boring emails and facing the same old eat/sleep/work routine. Boo. Add a little jet lag and freshly emptied bank account to the mix and you can quickly see why the struggle is real.
While wallowing at home and lusting over other people’s holiday pictures on Instagram may seem like a good idea (been there, done that), there are thankfully much more exciting ways to get out of that post-vacation funk.
Here are a few ideas I’ve been exploring since returning from my trip to Europe:
1. Pretend to be a tourist in your own city
It’s easy to get bored with your surroundings when you’ve lived in the same place for a while but chances are your hometown still has plenty to offer for your adventurous soul.
Try spending a day exploring your hometown as if you were a tourist who’s just arrived from overseas. Look for fun things to do on websites like ‘Trip Advisor’ or local blogs and pick something that you’ve never done before. It could be something like visiting a local museum, walking a trail or even a food tour!
You could also catch one of those hop on/hop off buses and see the city under a whole new light. My Honey and I took the city circle tram around Melbourne today and it was actually a lot of fun. Seeing other tourists being excited about our hometown was also really cool and it reminded us how lucky we are to live here.
2. Display your travel memories
Go through your travel photos and choose a few favorites to print off and frame. Place the frames in your office or in your home so that you’re reminded of the good times you had overseas every time you see them. If you’ve brought souvenirs from your trip then make sure to display those as well. They’ll also make great conversation starters for when people come to visit. (Don’t be one of those people who forces everyone to go through their entire holiday albums though – that’s just annoying. Otherwise just start a travel blog and post away! ;) ).
3. Recreate your fun overseas experience at home
Still dreaming about those delicious tapas you had in Barcelona? Take a cooking class (or find recipes online) and make your own tapas at home! Even better, invite a few of your friends over and make a party of it (or go to a Spanish restaurant if you’re not the cooking type).
This can be applied to heaps of other things of course; you could learn a new language, join a group, watch a movie, take a dance class, the list goes on!
4. Try something new
Just because you’re not on holiday anymore it doesn’t mean you need to fall back into your daily routine. Bring a sense of adventure to your everyday life and plan to do something new every week. It could be something small like taking a new road to work or eating at a new restaurant or something a little bigger like trying out a new hairstyle or joining a class.
5. Plan a holiday!
For me, nothing beats post vacation blues like planning another holiday straight away. It doesn’t matter if it’s just a simple weekend away or a big trip overseas the idea is to get busy and to have something fun to look forward to! Even if your next trip is not for another year, you can never start planning soon enough! Create a Pinterest board or an actual mood board to gather your travel ideas.
6. Be Kind to yourself
Don’t beat yourself up for feeling sad. Give yourself time to adjust to being back home and take care of yourself by eating well, getting some exercise (I know, I hate it too but there’s nothing like a good dose endorphins when you’re feeling low!) and resting.
If you’re still feeling down a while after being back from holiday then make sure you talk to your friends, family or a professional about it. Sometimes post vacation blues is a sign that you need to make some changes in your life in order to be happier. Don’t be afraid to reach out and seek for advice around you.
What’s your favorite way to fight the post vacation blues? I’d love to hear your tips in the comments section!