Lets talk about holiday blues…
Written by Sarah Macklin
It’s always the same: you have a magical holiday, and then you come home and reality hits, leaving you feeling sadder than when you left.
Post holiday blues are a common, well-known feeling. They’re talked about frequently on social media, and felt by people who have gone away for any amount of time, from days to weeks. I would say that holiday blues are a combination of the sadness of returning to work, to normal life, to cooking and washing up every day, but also the sadness that you’re not still on holiday, revelling in the sunshine or diving in the sea.
I have recently returned from the most unbelievable honeymoon, a trip that I won’t forget as long as I live. We couldn’t have picked any better countries to visit or better activities to try. We travelled down Vietnam, starting at the top in Hanoi, and travelling down through Halong Bay, Hué, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh. We covered 5 cities in 11 days. Then we moved on to Singapore as a stop over for 3 days before flying to Bali for a relaxing week on the beach.
The trip was absolutely jam packed: motorbike tours, cycling through the Vietnamese countryside, noodle making, visiting temples, shopping, overnight trains, boat rides, rickshaw tours, seeing caves, touring the Cu Chi Tunnels, visiting Gardens by the Bay, eating on top of the Marina Bay Sands, seeing monkeys in the monkey forest, swimming in the sea at sunset. We were so busy, and had some incredible experiences with some amazing people we met along the way.
After seeing all these wonderful things, of course it’s going to be difficult to return to work and normal life. Recovering from post holiday blues isn’t easy, but there are some things you can do to help relieve the sadness.
Book Your Next Holiday
As soon as we came back from our honeymoon, I was instantly looking at other tours that were available by the same company we booked through. I know this probably isn’t the best time to book another holiday—you likely have no money left from the last one—but booking a trip, no matter how big or small, will set you on your way to recovering from post holiday blues. You can book a trip with a small deposit, and pay a monthly sum to slowly pay the holiday off. You can book it a year in advance and it gives you something to look forward to.
You don’t have to book a trip to the other side of the world either. Just a small weekend away in your own country, or a mini break to a country that’s only a 2 hour flight is ideal.
Relive your Trip
Just because you’re back home doesn’t mean it’s over: the memories are forever.
You can arrange to meet up with friends and family to share all your tales of adventure. You can spend some time having all your photos printed, and organise them into a scrapbook or photo album. You can merge any videos you’ve taken together to create a bit of a video montage of your time away, and re-watch it.
In Vietnam and Bali, the whole street smelt of incense because all the shops would burn it. We bought some incense from a market and now we light it everyday at home to bring the memories back. I also kept a journal whilst we were away, writing 6-7 pages a day about what we’d seen and done. It’ll be a lovely thing to look back on in 10 years time to relive the holiday.
The best way to stop yourself thinking about your trip is to busy yourself with other things. Maybe the first night you’re back avoid the monotony of cooking tea and go out for a meal, even if it’s a cheap pizza somewhere.
It’s also likely that lots of things you did on holiday can be done in your own city. We visited lots of temples in Vietnam, but they’re the equivalent of churches and cathedrals over here. We went cycling through the countryside in Vietnam, and we’ve got North Wales around the corner where we could do exactly the same thing.
If a friend was visiting your home city for the first time, what restaurants would you suggest they absolutely have to visit? What experiences would you be telling them to try? You might be surprised at what you haven’t done and seen in the place you live.
You should also see if there are any events going on where you live. September is the most popular time for food and drink festivals to pop up all over the country, so if you’ve had a two week holiday in August, organise a trip to a food and drink festival when you return.
I'm sure you can find somewhere that serves buckets of cocktails in the UK as well.
Post holiday blues won’t last forever, but they can feel pretty terrible at the time. But there are ways you can cheer yourself up and it doesn’t require too much effort.
Sarah is a blogger at Dream of Home – a blog with a home interiors and wedding focus. She bought and renovated her first house in January 2017 and that’s how the blog started. It follows her journey through renovating, decorating, and also has plenty of advice for other people looking to renovate.