You’ve just returned home from holidays and you can feel the travel buzz slipping away. You’re now beginning to feel a little sad as you know your holiday is officially over… does that sound familiar?
If it does, read on to spot the signs and learn how to kick the post-travel blues!
What are Post-Travel Blues (PTB)?
Measuring on the pain and sadness scale somewhere between remembering it's Sunday night and you have to work tomorrow, and finishing a great TV series, coming home after the buzz of travelling can leave you feeling down and out.
Have you ever returned home from a trip and felt inexplicably sad? Have you assured friends and relatives you missed them so much on your trip but secretly would ditch them again in a heartbeat?
Sounds like you’ve got a case of PTB!
At Fast Cover we characterise PTB by feeling sad about being home and craving being somewhere, anywhere else – especially on another continent!
If you’ve been feeling like this for a couple of days or weeks, you may have accepted this new state of being as your new life. But don’t worry, there are ways to manage PTB. You can live a completely (almost) normal life once you understand how to treat your post-travel blues!
Who suffers from PTB?
Here at Fast Cover, we haven’t heard of anyone being immune to PTB. Everyone from young children to centenarians are at risk once they’ve been on a trip, whether they’ve travelled in Australia or overseas.
What causes PTB?
We’re not doctors, but we suspect there’s some underlying biological pathway in the human brain activated from going on holiday which can’t be simply deactivated, leading to PTB.
Anyone can get hooked on the leisurely pace or excitement and adventure of a holiday. Adjusting back to the daily routine can be difficult and most often you can subconsciously reject ‘normal’ activities including work, cleaning and returning phone calls.
What are the triggers of PTB?
It’s perfectly normal for your PTB to be triggered by a range of everyday activities. These can include:
- Seeing an airplane
- Waking up to your alarm
- Hearing a school bell
- Doing the chores, from cleaning the bathroom to vacuuming to cooking dinner
- Seeing a cocktail with an umbrella in it
Everyone’s experience of PTB will be slightly different. But if you recognise some of the following symptoms in yourself or a friend, you may be looking at a case of PTB.
- New habit of daytime napping
- Expressing a strong desire for buffet breakfasts
- Buying those small cocktail umbrellas to put into your drinks
- A tendency to wear loose harem pants
- An insatiable appetite for exotic food
- Interjecting or starting most conversations with “When I was in…”
Fast Cover’s tips to Managing PTB
You don’t have to go cold turkey from travel and travel-related activities to get over PTB. It’s far healthier to manage the symptoms:
Going straight into your work routine from being on holiday can be quite a shock to the system. Flying in Sunday night to be up for work on Monday morning may not be the best idea.
Try to ease yourself into your old routine. A few days of rest before jumping back into work will give you time to see friends, tackle laundry and come to terms with the absence of room service.
2) Be a local tourist
There’s no reason you can’t be a tourist at home! Some of the things you could do include:
- A day trip to a town a few hours away
- Explore somewhere nearby over a long weekend
- Take long walks through your hometown
- Visit local museums and art galleries
- Try out a new restaurant or bar
- Put a little chocolate on your pillow each night
3) Become a travel resource
Share your knowledge with anyone who’ll listen.
- Jump online and join travel convo’s on blogs and in forums.
- Connect with other travellers and leave reviews on forums like Lonely Planet and TripAdvisor.
- Tell your friends all about the trip. They’re obliged to listen at least once right?
- Write your own stuff! We’d love to hear your stories, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and you may become published.
- You could also start a blog or send your stories in as guest posts for other blogs.
4) Recreate Travel Memories
You don’t have to act out your favourite moments, but you can bring aspects from another culture into your home. You could try:
- Cooking some of the dishes you enjoyed overseas
- Learning more about the history of your destination
- Learning a craft you saw while on holidays
- Redecorating a room or space in your house in the theme of your travel destination
- Learning a language
5) Get creative with souvenirs
Turn your photos and journal entries into a creative project. Why not:
- Make a scrapbook
- Create a playlist of songs that remind you of the trip
- Draw or paint a photo
- Write some stories of your time away
It’ll be like an extension of your trip!
Is there a cure for PTB?
There is only one known cure for PTB. Go on another holiday!
1) Dream BIG!
Turn the post-travel blues into pre-travel anticipation! Whether you have a set date for your next trip or not, you can start planning straight away! Where do you want to go next? A cruise? Backpacking in Southeast Asia? To the Olympics? Find your travel destination.
Once you’ve booked in your next adventure, you can get a travel insurance quote from Fast Cover. Remember, repeat travellers can get a discount! We’re travel lovers ourselves and want to make preparing for your next trip as simple as possible.
2) Start Saving
Nothing brings you back to reality like realising you’ve spent all your money travelling! Start saving again and think of every dollar as a dollar closer to your next trip. What could you get for $20 or $100 in your next destination of choice?
3) Research your next trip
Saving and research go hand in hand! Every trip takes planning, so start googling your dream holiday today and find travel hacks for your next holiday.
You could also read travel blogs to get inspired. Check out the Fast Cover Travel Suitcase for some new ideas and sign up to the newsletter for regular inspiration and hot offers.