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10 Ways to Combat Post-Travel Blues

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!

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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.

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Get a good night’s sleep.

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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 an album – 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.

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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.

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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  • Alex R - I agree with the meaningful souvenirs part. We picked up some good ones during our last trip and it definitely brings us back each time we look at them.

  • Jennifer - Yes! It’s such a great way to remember. 🙂

  • Cristine - I always plan a recoup day. Never can jump back into work right away. Need a day to decompress

  • Amiekay - Oh, the struggle after a vacation is so real! While I already do a lot of these tips, like meeting with friends and taking a recoup day, there are definitely a few things I never thought of here, including the idea of creating something for each trip. I also think traveling more around one’s own hometown is a great idea; it’s inexpensive and helps you appreciate what you have!

  • Tahnee - So many great ways to get rid of post holiday blues. Coming home to spotless home is the one for me lol x

  • Ashley Eiban - Oh man I totally get the vacation blues every time we go somewhere fun!! Love these tips! I always try to have the house clean and ready for us to return when we go out of town, but it always seems chaotic and we leave in a mess! Thanks for the tips!! <3

  • Jennifer - Yes! It’s one thing that I’ve been working on, too, with having the house not look like a tornado went through. Ha!

  • kumamonjeng - I travel very often – about 4 times a year and writes about travel journals. I have experienced some of the travel blues you mentioned and really, the tips to combat them are gather with friends, make local trips nearby and to look at those photos or souvenirs that I have brought back. Glad to read about this!

  • Jennifer - Yes! Your ideas are great, too, and thank you for offering them! 🙂

  • Nicole - Fantastic ideas, coming back from a great trip is hard. I always try to squeeze in cleaning my house before I leave, coming home to a disaster is depressing.

  • Journa Ramirez - Moments after long drives, traveling days can be so exhausting. That’s why getting prepared in any way is very important. I’ll let my husband read this!

  • Jennifer - I hope he enjoys it, too! 🙂

  • Jennifer - Yes, that’s so true!

  • Luci - I always have to deal with post-traveling blues, once I get back home I start to plan the next time I can go.

  • Nicola @ Happy Healthy Motivated - I suffer from the post-travel blues every time I come back from a holiday! Love the idea about exploring my home town – I think that will really help 🙂

  • Miljana - This certainly is a problem for some! I am glad you wrote an inspiring article on this to help others.

  • Elizabeth O - Great ideas here, post trip blues are never enjoyable. I like the idea of having a recoup day!

  • Jennifer - Yes! A recoup day is so important.

  • Jennifer - Yes! That’s such a fab idea. 🙂

  • Jennifer - I think so, too. There are so many things to do right where we are that we sometimes miss. <3

  • Jennifer - Yes, I agree!

  • Geraline Batarra - Planning your next trip is always exciting!! I love it, especially going with my friends.

  • Jennifer - Including your friends is a great way to go – and looking forward to the next one is always a fun idea!

  • Holly Lasha - Love this. Definitely not something that gets talked about much. Always happens to me too.

  • Megan B - Thank you for this! I’ve been struggling with this a lot these days as I’m doing so much travel –– these are some really helpful hints 🙂

  • Jennifer - I’m glad to hear they were helpful! 🙂

  • Iva Ursano - Oh post travel blues!! I’ve never really looked at it like that but that’s exactly what it’s called!! I love travelling but for me, now that I sort of live in paradise, I”m more anxious to get home than anything 🙂

  • Evelyn, PathofPresence - This is such a comprehensive list. Many times when we return from the excitement of a great trip, we don’t know what to do with ourselves. This list is more than a ‘keep yourself busy’ list – it is actually a great way to remember and relive your trip as you file it away. <3 xo Evelyn, PathofPresence.com

  • Jennifer - I really appreciate you saying that! <3

  • Melinda - I’ve definitely experienced this! These are great suggestions for how to combat the post-trip blues! One time I took the time to leave the house really clean and the feeling of walking in, exhausted, after a long trip was amazing! I will always leave a cl an house when traveling now!

  • Preet - I always deal with post-traveling blues, you have mentioned some great ways to combat them. I usually start to plan the next vacation when I come back from another. Also, a couple of get-togethers and outings help too.

  • Eneleol Ogah - I love the one of coming to a spotless and superb home! 😊

  • Jennifer - It helps so much! 🙂

  • Nathan Reid - This is a great post for travelers. It will really help to those who love traveling and struggle when they come back.

  • Jennifer - I think so, too. It helped me! 🙂

  • Christine - I totally agree with coming home to a clean space. I love to ensure I have all the laundry done, house cleaned everything slick and span before I leave because if not I just worry over the holidays… sigh!

  • Jennifer - Yes! It’s so much easier said than done. <3

  • megan beaver - These are some fantastic tips!!

  • Cianie - This is very informational and great tips to know when you’re traveling! Thank you so much.

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