Post-vacation blues are real! And, as is often the case for many of us, the higher the vacation high, the bigger the bump back to earth. The good news is you’re not alone, and there are lots of tried and tested ways to help soothe back that sunny disposition. So, time to send those blues packing with these top ten tips.
1. Take it easy
Sure, the laundry’s piling up and you’ve an ever-growing to-do list. But, chances are, it can wait another day, so give yourself a break and plan some time to readjust post-trip. You might be battling with jet lag, or you may just need a little me time, an afternoon nap, and a chance to get reacquainted with your latest Netflix obsession to help ease you back into reality, and that’s ok.
2. Dose up on sweet endorphins
Exercising can be a great way to lift your mood, blast away post-travel lethargy, and help you sleep better, so get active for an endorphin-fuelled energy boost. You’ll be back in the rhythm of your regular routine in no time.
3. Write a vacation memoir
Diarize your vacation memories with your very own travel memoir. Create a journal, blog, or scrapbook full of your favorite photos, keepsakes, and scribbles. It’s a great way to preserve your memories, share your adventures with family and friends, and to lift your mood when, quite frankly, you’d rather be back on the beach.
4. Create a post-trip playlist
If there was a way to bottle happiness, creating the soundtrack to your summer is, without a doubt, the closest you’ll come. Put your vacation faves into an uplifting post-trip playlist and be transported back to dancing in the kitchen with best friends, to lazy days spent splashing in the pool, and to those heart-warming chats that brought you a little closer to those who matter the most.
5. Be a culture vulture
Got a new-found love for all things Spanish since your trip to Costa Rica? Rekindle your culture crush with an evening language course, get back into the rhythm with a Latin dance class, or cook up a storm with a culture-rich cookery class.
6. Make the most of your memories
Don’t leave photos sitting forgotten on your phone. Print them, frame them, create a photo book full of memories from them, or share them on social tagging #stayzau for a chance to feature in our Insta stories.
7. Unpack promptly
There’s nothing worse than a half-packed suitcase sitting on your bedroom floor for a fortnight for feeling like you’re in Limboland. Empty it promptly, stash it out of sight, and dive head first into the here and now.
8. Fill your schedule full of fun
A post-trip brunch with friends to share vacation snaps. A feel-good spa treatment. That new business you vowed to scope out on your return. Keep your schedule dotted with mini adventures and you’ll always have something exciting to look forward to.
9. Write a review
Stayed in the best beach house ever? Discovered your new favorite restaurant? Got some game-changing tips to help other families make the most of their trip? Writing reviews is a great way to spread the vacation love post-trip, top up on some feel-good, and reminisce on all those wonderful places you encountered along the way.
10. Start planning your next trip!
The best way to banish those blues? Begin dreaming up your next vacation. It’s never too early to start exploring new destinations and exciting places to stay. And the best bit is they’ll be there ready and waiting when the time comes to lock down your next getaway.