Have you just gotten back from a dream trip and are struggling to settle back into day-to-day life? Have you experienced symptoms like apathy, lack of motivation, nostalgia and even lack of appetite? Well, you’re not alone! Most people suffer from post-travel depression. It’s actually a real thing! Sometimes it doesn't hit you right away but in a few days after returning from your trip. Here are just a few ways that you can overcome it, stop living in the past, and transition back into normal life.
Give yourself a little break before you get back to work
Take a few days to rest after you come back from your vacation. Nothing can make you feel so down as jumping from warm tropical beach right into hectic work environment. Get plenty of rest, let yourself recover from jet lag, unpack things and get yourself together.
Do something different
The major reason that people get post-travel blues is that it’s difficult to transition back into the same old routine. However, just because you’re back home doesn’t mean life needs to be boring. When you finish your trip make sure you keep organizing new experiences. Have dinner at a new restaurant or go for a nature walk in a place you’ve never been to before. Make an effort to keep things fresh and exciting so you can stave away those post-travel blues. Weekend away
Just because you’re back home doesn’t mean your adventures need to end! Organize a weekend away to satisfy your travel lust. It’ll be a wonderful way to fall back in love with your local area. Spend time with friends
This is the most important thing you can do to overcome post-travel depression. Put aside plenty of time to hang out with friends and family. Go for dinner, grab a coffee, or head to a local park for a picnic. Spending time with your loved ones will make you realize how wonderful it is to be back home. Challenge yourself
When we travel, we usually face some challenges: learn new things, try to speak foreign language, transform our outlook on life. When this ends, we can feel emptiness. Find yourself a challenge! Learn 20 new words in French or read the books about the countries you have visited.
Write about your adventures or make a photo book
Make sure you also print out your pictures from your adventures and make some photo albums and scrapbooks. Share your memories on social media! This is a great way to truly appreciate all of the experiences you’ve had abroad.
Plan your next adventure!
One of the best ways to get rid of PTD is to start planning your next trip. Even if you don't have the opportunity to travel in the nearest future, start manifesting it and you will attract it into your life sooner than you think. Write down the list of the places you want to visit and always believe your dreams will come true no matter what.