Since moving to Ambergris Caye, Belize 5.5 years ago I have noticed a commonality among both first-timers and repeat visitors, not wanting to leave at the end of their trip. Today’s guest post brings with it some useful tips on how to beat your holiday blues and get back into the swing of things.
You have just come back from the buzz of a fabulous holiday and getting back to the daily mundane reality is leaving you with a melancholy hangover. Emotions are high and your life seems to be a bit out of control. Well, do not panic as every traveler who has gone before you most likely have faced a similar kind of post-travel blues. In fact, be it a week’s trip or a yearlong expedition such feelings are very normal. And the good news is there are solutions.
Plan your next holiday:
Convert your post-holiday depression into a pre-holiday excitement. Though it would be a little early to plan your next vacation, there is no cost involved in dreaming big. If you will allow yourself something to look forward to you will find a new purpose in life and those post-travel blues will themselves find a way out.
Explore your surroundings:
If you have been away for long, who knows which exciting new experiences have emerged in your own town. New cafes, restaurants, museums, and shopping malls could be waiting just for you. All you have to do is approach these places as a seasoned traveler, take turns you have never taken before with camera and curiosity in hand, talk to strangers, and the sinking feeling would be gone in less time than you would think.
Share your experiences:
You are full of knowledge and if you have spent a decent amount of time in another country, you may experience that you have been seduced by its customs, culture, and language. So, when back home it’s time to share your experiences with others. Spread the knowledge that you have on a travel community and get connected with likeminded people who can identify and relate themselves with you. Creating your own blog is also a good option.
Instead of bothering your friends and family with your travel stories, get your hands on something creative. Make photo albums with your memories, create a slide show, or involve yourself in travel writing. This will preserve your happy memories as a positive record of your trip.
Save up for your next trip:
It is quite natural to come back home all broke. Perhaps you will even have to go through the trouble of setting up a new house or looking out for a new job and that too without any extra cash to treat yourself. But bearing a good perspective is the key. Working each day is the only way to save up enough for your next trip. Even if it’s few pennies each week, you will at least be doing something concrete to get back on the track.
On the whole post-travel doldrums and the feeling of coming back to reality can leave you mentally and physically exhausted but if you are a travel addict learn to recognize the symptoms and look out for solutions so that you could beat the nasty travel blues back to submission.
About the author: Amanda Kidd is a blogger who is also an insatiable traveler. She has been around the world but to date nothing could beat the fun she had in the Brazil carnival. She is currently planning to work on a wedding portal that would include the best honeymoon destinations and the most amazing honeymoon suite.