Do you ever come back from a trip and feel blah? As you get back into the swing of everyday life, it’s common to feel bored or disappointed with day-to-day activities. The contrast between vacation mode (relaxed, no deadlines, new adventures on every block) and regular life, combined with the let-down of your trip being over, can cause what’s often referred to as post-travel depression or post-vacation blues.
Whether it’s a quick weekend getaway or a weeks-long international trip, I always experience some level of disappointment or sadness when I get home. Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite tips for beating the post-vacay blues.
Create a photo book with your trip pictures
I love to relive past trips at any moment by creating a printed memory book of the pictures I took on each vacation. They’re fun to keep in different rooms of the house to flip through for a quick hit of nostalgia.
I use the Chatbooks app to add photos directly from my camera roll and add dates, locations, and captions. Printing a 30-page book starts as low as $10 and these books make great gifts for your traveling buddies or grandparents. Use this link to get $10 off your first Chatbooks order.
Keep the vacay vibes going: hire a laundry service
There’s not much that says “vacation’s over” quite like diving back into household chores. Consider hiring a cleaner or laundry service to lighten your load and allow you to relax a bit longer.
After our recent Europe trip, it took me two weeks to fully unpack my clothes (I’m not proud, but I’m at peace with my shambles), so who knows how long it would have taken me to muster up the motivation to actually wash and fold them? I scheduled a Loopie laundry order instead so we could evade our adult responsibilities a bit longer. Loopie is a peer-to-peer laundry service (like Uber for clothes washing) in Seattle that we recently got to try.
On Saturday morning, a Loopie driver arrived during the scheduled time window. Since it was our first time trying the service, he gave me Loopie duffel bags to pack our dirty clothes in (you get to keep a bag for subsequent orders).
We were gone for almost the whole day, having fun and exploring Seattle, while our chores were being done for us! The next morning, a driver delivered our freshly washed and neatly folded clothes right to our building.
Our experience with Loopie was awesome. I can see us using this service in the future when we return from trips or have a busy weekend and don’t want to stress about getting things back in order for the work week! We will also be using their comforter washing service, since ours can’t fit into our washer and dryer very well. Seattle friends, you can get $10 off your first Loopie order with my code, TAYLOR10.
Start planning your next trip
It’s easier to accept that your travel has come to an end when you have another trip coming up to look forward to. The weeks after a trip provide a great time to reflect and document what you learned on your travels so you can apply your tips to a future adventure. For example, we moved from city to city very frequently on our last trip, so we’ve decided to go to fewer places and spend more nights in each on our next one so we can relax a bit more.
We don’t have any specific trips on the horizon (my credit card is still a little angry with me for our last trip), so to scratch the itch, I have a few Pinterest boards set up for gathering trip ideas until our next adventure.
Give yourself time to adjust
Plan to take an extra day or two off of work after you return (if you can) or book your return flight for a few days before you start school to give yourself buffer time to unpack, relax, and gently settle back into your routine.
Post-trip depression usually subsides in a few days, so it’s best to give yourself some time to overcome the jet lag and go back to your routine with your best foot forward.
Still feeling stuck?
If you’re feeling anxious or depressed for more than a week after your trip and the steps above aren’t enough to get you over the hump, there are resources available to help you. Click here to find a therapist near you for additional support.
There we have it – four ways to smooth the transition back to day-to-day life after a vacation. Will you try any of these tips? Let me know in the comments below!