Ok, let’s face it. You spend months planning your wedding, and it’s over in a day. Then you get whisked away with your sweetie for a lovely vacation – just the two of you. And then that ends. Honestly, I think that the post-travel blues are accelerated when you combine dealing with the facts that both the wedding AND the honeymoon have come to an end. So what do you do to combat post-travel depression? Here are some ways to get pepped up once you get back!
Come home to a clean space.
Often times we leave in a rush. We make preparations for a house sitter, hire a petsitter, pack, and get so excited to go that it’s easy to leave our homes a wreck. If you have the time before you leave, do a quick pick up around the house. I’m not talking a deep cleaning, but tidying up your abode will give you a good feeling when you walk in the door.
Search for meaningful souvenirs.
While you are traveling, be on the lookout for a good, lasting souvenir that you can display and you will still appreciate years down the road. Picking up little goodies for your friends and family (without causing stress searching while you are gone) will add to the excitement of being home. You’ll find joy in sharing your journey and giving them a small, tangible taste of your trip.
Get a good night’s sleep.
Having a cozy bed to sink into once you get home is the best feeling! Investing in a quality bed in a box mattress offers a restful night of undisturbed slumber.
Plan a recoup day.
No one wants to come home from a trip and hit the ground running. One sure fire way to stave off the post-trip blues is to give yourself a day (or two!) to have a little downtime before you settle back into the routine that daily life brings. You will be able to get back to the daily grind feeling refreshed and ready.
Design an album.
Whether taken with your phone or an actual camera, there are sure to be lots of photos of your journey. Upload your images to a website and create a travel photobook – you and your spouse can stay home, order pizza, and have a date night while you reminisce and select photos for your personalized book. If you’re not a picture taker, collect postcards along the way, and place them in a scrapbook style album when you get home.
Are you creative in any way? Even if you aren’t, make some sort of tangible memory of your trip. Write a poem. Paint a canvas. Type a blog post. Test out recipes. Bring those feelings back by using that energy to craft something wonderful inspired by your journeys to get rid of the post-travel blues.
Gather with friends.
Nothing helps us to come out of the post-trip blues more than getting together with friends. Chat about your trip or just catch up about life in general. If you’re feeling really adventurous, have your besties over and try to recreate some of the regional foods you had while you were gone to give them a literal taste of where you have been.
Be a hometown traveler.
We all plan trips to go away, but what about seeking out things in your hometown or at least close by? Spend a day exploring a quaint downtown, eating local foods, visiting a museum, or walking a trail right in your own backyard. You may never realize that your city could be quite a destination!
Plan your next trip.
Financially and work wise it may be a year or even five before you get to take a big trip again. No matter how off in the distance it may seem, plan for it now. Start researching things to do and make a budget. Doing so will give you and your sweetie something to look forward to instead of focusing on any post-trip depression you may feel.
Connect with other travelers.
Maybe you met a few friends while you were gone, or you just want to chat with like minded people about where they’ve been or where they are headed next. Search social media and follow a few travel accounts and join any travel groups you may find. You can even leave a review for the places you visited – that always helps me bring back memories!
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No matter what path you choose, be sure to prepare for a possible post-honeymoon letdown. To be transparent, this post was inspired by my own recent bout with feeling blue after a wonderful trip. If things are still lingering, be sure to tell your partner and seek out help if need be. Happy travels (and returns)!
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