The thrill of travel, meeting new people, discovering amazing places, and eating delicious food, unfortunately, cannot go on forever. There will be a time when you eventually need to return home, and this might lead to post-vacation blues. Here are a few tips to help you return to your normal life after a fantastic time away.
1- TIDY UP BEFORE LEAVING
There is nothing worse than coming home after vacation and finding your house a mess. While packing in a rush, it is easy to leave things all over the place and leave the tidying when you get home. But your future self will thank you if you putting fresh sheets on your bed, clean towels in your bathroom, and maybe a pizza in your freezer that will make your return feel more comforting.
2- TRANSITION BACK SLOWLY
It is never fun to jump back into the office the day after a vacation. If possible, try to give yourself a day or two to adjust before you have to return to work. That way, you can do your groceries, unpack, and do your laundry before worrying about your next meeting.
3- REFLECT ON YOUR TRIP
So many things happened in so short a time, and often it is difficult to keep track of the adventures you experienced. When returning home, try to organize your photos and look back at the amazing memories you created. Another way is to write out your experiences in a journal or travel blog. Recording the feelings and thoughts you had will help keep this energy alive in your life, and help you remember how lucky you were to have these opportunities.
4- KEEP IN TOUCH WITH TRAVEL BUDDIES
One worry we often face when we come back home is that we will never see the wonderful people you met during your journeys again. But these days, it is very easy to continue a relationship online via email, social media, so there’s no reason to lose touch with some of the great people you met on your trip. It also doesn’t hurt to know that there is a couch you can sleep on if you ever travel back in that direction.
5- APPRECIATE THE LIFE YOU HAVE
A travel experience can help you to appreciate the life you have back home. A warm bed to sleep in, food on your table and the love of friends and family should never be dismissed. Sometimes travel can help you see your life at home with a fresh perspective, and teach you more about what you should be thankful for
6- KEEP THE MAGIC OF TRAVELLING ALIVE.
Highly reviewed restaurant? Outdoor concert? Local markets?
These are things you would not miss while travelling but are often dismissed as unworthy when you get back home. Remember, just because you are back in your home country, this doesn’t mean that your excitement and spontaneity should disappear. Step outside of the comfort zone of your neighbourhood and experience the many activities your country has to offer.