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How to Beat the Post-Vacation Blues

by Katie Sorene

Back to work and feeling blue? Don’t be down in the dumps, check out these handy tips for beating the post-vacation blues and re-find your happy place!

Rainy melancholy.

Staring out of a rainy office window daydreaming of sandy beaches and far-off adventures is not fun. I’ve been there.

Coming back from vacation can be tough.

Your everyday life hits you in the face with a sharp slap and your next vacation seems a lifetime away.

But don’t be glum! Check out these 10 tips for beating the post-vacation blues and re-find your happy place!

1. Break  up Your Routine

Take a new route to work, go somewhere new for lunch, anything to break out of the monotony that’s making you miserable.

2. Do a Day Trip

Taking a road trip to someplace new can give you that same feeling of adventure and discovery as flying to the other side of the world. Brilliant!

3. Take up a New Hobby

Whether it’s language classes, painting or pottery, taking up a new hobby will inject something fresh and new into your life and distract you from your boredom.

4. Frame Your Photos

Don’t focus on how sad you are to be home, rejoice in the good times. Frame your travel photos, reminisce about your trip and take a mental trip back to vacation happiness.

5. Treat Yourself

A massage, new shoes, a big steak… Treat yourself to something nice, a sure-fire way to make you feel good.

6. Make a Grateful List

Remind yourself of all the great things in your life. Actually make a list -  it’ll leave you feeling incredibly grateful and perhaps even a little spoilt.

7. Book Another Trip

Sure you probably spent a bomb on the last vacation but have a look around for some cheap flights and book a little trip. It’ll give you a fixed date of something exciting to look forward to.

8. Write a Travel Article

Channel your love of traveling into something positive and write up an article about your trip. You might even get published, now that WOULD be cool!

9. Throw a Party

Organizing a fun party for all your friends and family will surround you with all your favorite people and remind you how great it is to be home.

10. Make a Travel Wish List

Write down all the places in the world that you’re burning to get to. Use the Web for inspiration if you need it.

Focusing your travel objectives might lead to unexpected opportunities to fulfill your dreams, you just never know!

Suffering from the post-vacation blues right now? Got more tips for bouncing back? Post up your comments below, we want to hear from you!

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13 comments… read them below or Add a Comment

Nancy D. Brown

How to Beat the Post-Vacation Blues? Book another trip – I like it.

jessiev

GREAT tips!!

wanderoverhere

These are some great suggestions! I agree with number one. Who says life has to be boring after vacation? Break it up!
p.s.
8 is one of my favorite.

Carrie

Great tips Katie. You’ve always got the best list ideas!

Lorraine

Big fan of #4. Once you invest the time to frame the photos, you enjoy them all year long.

Yash Aswani

Great post. I was looking for it actually and evantually got it. Its so valuable for me because I have to travel a lot.
I would have been even paid money to read thi blog ;), if asked:P !!

Nice !!:-)

Grettel

What keeps vacations nice is the end. Staying in sandy beaches or quaint little towns for too long will cure anybody from post-vacation blues. Trust me I’ve done it I know. If this blog would allow it, I could tell a story that would make everyone glad vacations are never long enough.

Lisa

Good ideas! I wonder which one I’lll try out today (it’s raining again)…

ButtUglyJeff

If you can’t handle going on VACATION, then go to a therapist instead. Grow up people…….

SoundJohn

Hey! Thanx for this beautiful place of the Inet!!

Carissa

I also feel that way too when vacation is finally over and it’s back to work again. I usually discuss how beautiful my vacation was with my colleagues. and yeah, we end up booking the next trip!

Hotel lux isla ibiza

GREAT tips!!

ES

Just got back Thursday from trip talking to self about fact can’t vacation forever but nice to feel good again. Asked myself how can I bring good things into daily life so as to enjoy it as well.

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