Waking up to the same room, the same sounds and the same smells that you wake up to 90% of the time can become mundane, especially if you have just returned from a holiday where morning smells, feels and sights changed on a regular basis. Getting back into the same old routine that once bought your comfort can feel like a colossal struggle.
The most important thing is that you are not alone and that this is not all in your head. Sure, holidays are purely that – a break from your everyday life and they do not last a lifetime, but this does not make the return easy especially when you have weeks worth of luggage to wash and the ‘holiday calories don’t count’ attitude needs to end.
Being back after the summer break is proving to be a struggle … everyone in the office feels it and the regular dairy trips and coffee outings show that. It’s exactly how I felt after returning from two weeks in America last year. The first week back was a giant struggle and I could found myself on WebJet more than I care to admit…This is not the first time I felt this way, when I returned from a year in England I finally understood what people meant when they said ‘the struggle is real’. I had friends who went through the same thing so we shared a few coping mechanisms, some passed down from fellow blue-travellers and some from the mighty internet.
1. Plan to do things after work.
When you are on holiday you are rarely, if at all, sitting around binge watching TV after work. This is what we do in our day-to-day lives and it is a big part of our routine. But this break in routine is what makes a holiday so special, in New York we went out for dinner and drinks all the time – holiday budget and all. Obviously day-to-day life does not budget for Malibu and Coke every night, but go out once a week, see friends, go to a pub quiz. Just whatever you do get out and don’t fall back into your routine.
2. Be a tourist in your own city.
Where ever you come from people are sure to dream of going there, this is something that is especially true of New Zealanders. Where ever I have been people dream of going there, to this place that we take for granted just because we see the sky tower every day on our way to work. But if you think about it, people see the Empire State Building everyday as well, they don’t stand and take 10,000 photos of it – but we do because it is new and exciting. Explore your own city, head to a new beach or a new suburb you haven’t been to and explore it, take 10,000 photos of it. When I came back from England I moved to Wellington for uni, which gave me the perfect opportunity to be a tourist because it was new and exciting.
3. Research your next trip.
Sure you are probably ridiculously broke, and for some people still in debt, but that doesn’t mean you can keep an eye out for your next adventure. It doesn’t have to be at the end of a long-haul flight, try somewhere close. Start a new Pinterest board or a new scrapbook if that is more your style.
4. Write about your trip.
Thinking about it might be hard and writing even harder, but getting all the information out as soon as you arrive home can make it easier to remember the funny little tid-bits. This will give you something to read in a few months when a second wave of travel-blues sweeps over you and you will remember how amazing your time was – it also serves as a great reminder to save for your next trip and not splash on those new Nikes.