So you just got back from your trip – you have had an amazing time and you can’t wait to upload all your photos and discuss your adventures with anyone who will listen. Unpacking your suitcases, shooing your cats away from your ever-growing pile of laundry, you start to feel it…the post travel low after the incredible high.
That dreadful “ugh, now back to reality…” feeling can be such a downer, right? Here are some ways to avoid/survive the post-travel blues.
The first thing I do when I get home is go through my photos. It might take me a few days to upload them, sort them and post them onto various social media platforms – but you’re damn right on the first night of being back I will be laying in bed, surrounded by all my laundry, flipping through all the photos I just took. I even have ordered several of my own original photos on canvas to decorate my living room!
WRITING IT DOWN OR SHARING IT WITH PEOPLE
Not to be that traveler who always brags about where they’ve been, but come on! You are obviously dying to gush to people are your most recent adventure, so find people who are excited to listen and gush away! Over the first few days of being home after a trip, I write down everything I did, everywhere I went, and how much I loved it. That way I can re-live it (or post it here) later!
PLANNING YOUR NEXT TRIP
“I’m planning this amazing 2 week road trip across Ireland and I’m still sad.” Said no one, ever.
Nothing beats the post-travel blues like planning another trip! Even if it’s months from now, I always have more then one trip being planned at a time, and I plan most of my trips during that immediate calm after the whirlwind that is most of my trips. Who doesn’t love to dream up amazing, adventurous vacations!?
BUYING/TESTING OUT NEW TRAVEL ACCESSORIES
Testing out your new camera, drone or splurging on that travel backpack you’ve been wanting for months is a surefire way to get you excited about your next trip instead of sad about your most recent one being over.
BUYING NEW HOME DECOR/RE-ARRANGING YOUR HOUSE
This might not be an obvious choice, but it really helps, trust me! Changing things up in your home always adds a little bit of “new” and definitely leaves you feeling refreshed. Nothing gets me in the mood to be at home then re-arranging my furniture and changing up my living-room style.
Sometimes, especially with people who travel frequently, we forget how lucky we are to have the ability to travel at all. Reflecting on your most recent travels; the things you got to do, the places you got to see are great ways to remind yourself that travel is a privilege.
PLANNING ANOTHER TRIP TO THE SAME LOCATION
While this might sound strange, nothing makes me more disappointed then coming home from a trip and someone asking “Did you see ______.” and I’m like…“No, I had no idea that was even there…”
Rookie travel mistake, but we’ve all been there, and it sucks! But there is a way to remedy it!
Planning another trip to Paris, within days of arriving home from Paris is such a great idea! You have everything fresh in your mind; things you’d like to see again, places you could spend the night, and things you missed out on this time.