Montreal, Greece, Italy, Mexico City or Timbuktu – it doesn’t matter where you travel to, giving it your wanderlust cravings is one of the most magical things anyone can do. It’s the chance to escape life for a week or two, soak up some real rays, forget about your work emails and immerse yourself in a culture so different from the one you know you’ll never want to go back.
But at some point, you’re going to have to, and that’s when the post-holiday blues will settle in. This is the worst. You’re meant to feel fifty shades of relaxed when you return from a vacation, but the post-holiday blues don’t obey this rule, making it hard to maintain that sunny disposition you seemed to be radiating while exploring the northern hills of Tuscany or wherever.
So, without further ado, here are some top tips for keeping the good vibes going well after you return from that most dreamy of vacations:
- Clean Up Before Departure
You don’t have to go overboard, but nothing is going to drag you into a blue mood more than getting back to a house that’s a mess. Coffee cups littering the living room, laundry basket overflowing, dishes stacked to the ceiling – that sort of thing. To avoid this and get that refreshing “ahhh, I’m back home” feeling, have a quick runaround before you leave.
- Best Bed Possible
If there is one thing you’ll miss more than anything when away, it’s your own bed. It’s having a duvet that can be snuggled up in, a marshmallow to sleep on and all your usual familiarities. Unless, of course, your bedroom doesn’t tick these boxes, in which case you need to invest in a new mattress, something this link can help with big time: www.mattress-guides.net/purple-mattress-review-complaints/. Trust us, when you get back from a long, tiring journey home, all you’ll want to do is climb into bed and watch Netflix. It’s a sort of decompression chamber. So make it the best mattress possible.
- Start Planning The Next One
While we all think the best part of a vacation is the vacation itself, studies have shown the moments leading up to your vacation could be the happiest. Yup. Just planning a trip can lead to increased feelings of happiness, which is why you should start planning your next adventure the moment you touch down. Having another escape planned won’t just make real-life easier, it will give you something to get excited about too.
- Feed Your Memories
As you probably know, food and memory are linked in some inexplicable way, sort of like E.T. and Elliott. So, in the same way there are foods that can take you back to your childhood, get in the kitchen and start making the meals that will remind you of your holiday. What an experience it would be to whip up your favorite meal from your last vacation and make a night of it. Or, if you want to go five steps further, check out local cooking classes and start perfecting this cuisine. Make pasta like you had in Rome and ramen like you had in Japan. It will make home a lot easier to handle.