5 Ways to Beat Your Post-Vacation Blues

Ending your vacation can be an emotional, rewarding and slightly draining experience. Having to get back to work, or your daily life in general, can be a source of discomfort, disorientation and distress since you can’t easily settle back in. But even with these negative feelings, it’s still possible to overcome your post-vacation blues by following these tips.


  1. Avoid Overdoing Your Itinerary. If there’s one thing that can bring about post-vacation blues, that would be overdoing your itinerary. Forcing in too many activities into your tight vacation schedule will only give the opposite of serenity. Avoid this by setting at least an hour for your mindless pursuits, such as hanging out in the poolside or lounging in your favourite coffee shop. You can also list down some good activity options, depending on your energy, budget and the weather.
  1. Return Smoothly. A good way to return to your usual routine after a long vacation is to reward yourself with a free day after your trip. Use this time to unpack, resettle in your home again and slowly get back into your regular routines.
  1. Manage Your Restlessness. Travelling often comes with a certain intensity that can be quite difficult to unwind from, and that’s what causes post-vacation restlessness. Other than that, restlessness can also be caused by not being able to do new and different things when you return home. This feeling usually fades away within three to six weeks of getting back to your daily life. A good way to wear it off is to take smaller day trips as you return from your trip.

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  1. Prolong Your Vacation High. Once you’ve returned home, start organizing the photos and keepsakes that you got from your trip. Update your blog, create a scrapbook or upload the photos that you took on your Facebook account. Doing this will help you reminisce the fun times of your trip. If you want, you can also display souvenirs on your work desk to prolong the high you got from your vacation, even if you’re sorting out hundreds of work emails.
  1. Start Saving Again. Another way to beat your post-vacation blues is to work on your next trip. Start mapping out your budget for next vacation by making a travel piggy bank, or looking for other ways to fund your next excursion. This will distract you from thinking about your previous trip and make you feel motivated to work to fund for your next trip.

Putting your vacation to an end can be a physically and emotionally draining experience, but by following these tips, you’ll surely be able to beat your post-vacation blues and return to your regular life.