Returning from the sandy beaches of Hawaii, the beautiful architecture of Prague, or the snowy mountains of Banff and going back to the routine of everyday life can be tough. We’ve all experienced the post-holiday blues, so here’s our top seven tips on how to conquer them!
1 – BECOME A TOURIST IN YOUR OWN CITY
We’re all guilty of it – we’ve flown thousands of miles to explore the world but we ignore our own backyard. If you stop and look around, I promise you there’s plenty to see and do in your own town or city! Try that new little café down the road, visit the art gallery that’s been there for years, or take a cruise down the river. Do those activities that are generally deemed appropriate for tourists. Even try going somewhere you’ve been plenty of times before but look at it with fresh eyes – you’ll be surprised at how much more you see.
2 – BRING THE CULTURE HOME
Did you try a new dish while you were away that makes you salivate at just the thought of it? Look up a recipe, head to the grocery store and try it out yourself! If cooking isn’t your thing, watch a documentary or take up a dance class.
3 – SPOIL YOURSELF
Make every day (or maybe every weekend) a holiday! Book yourself a massage, tour a winery or simply lay on the beach with a book all day. Yeah, it might mean you take a little longer to save for the next trip you’re planning, but if you’re holidaying every six months or a year, it’s better to enjoy your daily life in between trips!
4 – ORGANISE YOUR PHOTOS
Reminisce about your holiday by organising all your photos and uploading them to social media, printing them out for around the house, or making a photo book. This is a great way to relive your holiday, especially if you’ve been away for a while!
5 – START PLANNING YOUR NEXT TRIP
What better way to get over the post-holiday blues is there than to start planning you next trip?! Head to your local travel agency and pick up some good ol’ fashioned brochures, activate an email alert with airlines for special deals, and start researching online. It’s always exciting to think about the next place you’ll be exploring – and planning is half the fun!
6 – FOLLOW TRAVEL BLOGS (WE KNOW OF A GREAT ONE)
I know this may seem like the worst idea ever – why would you follow other people who are still travelling and remind yourself constantly of what you’re missing? Change your mindset – don’t look at it as what you’re missing, but more like inspiration for where you may go next.
7 – MAKE A CHANGE
If you’re finding that the routine of everyday life is becoming mundane and you’re dreading returning, consider making a change. As they say, change is as good as a holiday, and maybe it’s time to make a career move, find a new hobby or even move house! If this still doesn’t settle you then maybe you’re just destined for a life on the road…
How do you conquer post-holiday blues?
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