We all know the feeling, you come home from holiday to return back to the daily grind and pretty soon the holiday blues kick in. But what if you could keep the holiday vibe and happiness, that you feel when you are away everyday? You’d be a lot happier in life right?
Read on to discover 10 steps to help keep that holiday vibe everyday, including some suggestions from a few of my favourite bloggers….
1) Holiday Scents
Hotels often have shampoo and shower gel waiting for you in your room, so make sure you use that everyday during your holiday, and then take some back home with you. Or take a certain perfume and set of toiletries from home with you on your holiday. This way when you return back home your holiday scents become part of your daily routine every morning before work, and thus continues the positive vibes and evokes memories from your travels….
When I went to Mauritius I stayed at the Beachcomber hotels and used the hotel shampoo, conditioner and body lotion. I bought some toiletries back with me, and in the months that followed I used them at home, which instantly transported me back to being on the paradise island.
Whenever I stay at hotels I tend to take the mini toiletries home with me as they also make for nice little supplies to put in your bathroom for guests to use.
Last year for my birthday my boyfriends parents gave me a lovely set of Molten Brown travel sized shower gels which fit very nicely into hand luggage requirements as well. With a wide selection of different scents I take a different one with me on each holiday, and try to have a little bit left over so when I return home I can use that for the enviable post holiday blues, that set in those couple of days after I return home.
2) Plan your next adventure
Waiting at the airport for your flight home can often be boring and depressing. A great way to combat this post holiday mood dive is to plan your next holiday as you are waiting to catch your flight home. Take a look at your wishlist or take inspiration from the airport departure board. You could then search google or twitter to read a few travel blogs about the destination to get your excitement up for your next adventure.
On our last night in Oslo at dinner I started to plan my Ireland road trip with my boyfriend. It was just the skeleton idea of the holiday but it gave us something to focus on rather than thinking about work the next day. It can also be a great time to reflect on your travel bucketlist.
Mommy Above all says to help combat what she calls the ‘post-holiday depression’, “we plan an activity to do when we get home to keep the happy vibes going. Before we went home from Christmas, we went to an indoor waterpark for a day to ease us back into just being a family of 4. It helps us relax and get ready to go back into work mode.
We also incorporate some traditions to keep up the act of giving throughout the year, rather than just during the Christmas season. Giving back feeds our souls. One way we give back is by donating old clothes and toys to the local domestic violence shelter and salvation army on a regular basis.”Blog: http://www.mommyaboveall.com
3) Relive your holiday memories
As the weeks roll on the memory of travel changes for travel bloggers whatifwewalked. They suggest looking through your photos and editing them when you return from your holiday. By reliving your holiday memories you can reflect on what you enjoyed doing and if you are a blogger you can work out what a person looking to travel to that area would like to know. That’s fun, and blogging about somewhere is a great way to recapture the feeling of travel – by reading travel blogs you can help keep your holiday vibe alive!
Why not turn your photos into canvas prints and place them on your desk or in your home. You could even create a calendar with your favourite holiday images to remind yourself throughout the year of your travels. When you are away consider buying souvenirs from your holiday and keep them on your desk to look at when the holiday blues kicks in.
3) Fresh Air, Fresh Thinking
When you return home tired from your travels it can be tempting to just bury yourself in your duvet and sit down for a Netflix binge. Travel bloggers What if we walked take time to head out on walks just for 30 minutes or even an hour a day, it can help you to clear your head and experience a type of travel right in your own back yard.
Most of all, fresh air has been scientifically proven to help with your health. Improving food digestion, blood pressure and heart rate, spending a little bit of time outside on a regular basis can strengthen your immune system and help you feel positive and happy.
Fresh air has been shown to help digest food more effectively, improve blood pressure and heart rate, and strengthen the immune system, leading to a healthier you. “Time spent in outdoor recreation leads to a range of benefits, from reduced obesity rates to strengthened family ties,” according to Robert Manning, professor of recreation management at the University of Vermont. And, quite frankly, it’s more enjoyable.
4) Have a themed evening
Travel is all about immersing yourself in local culture and trying drinks from the destination or region you are visiting. Whilst you are away you might keep ordering a specific cocktail or enjoy a local craft beer from your holiday. Keep your holiday vibe alive and host a themed evening for your friends and family with a cocktail menu and food inspired from your travels.
5) Be a tourist in your local area
That buzz you get from exploring new places when you are on holiday, can be replicated when you return home. To recreate your holiday vibe try setting one weekend aside a month to explore your local area and visit a restaurant you’ve been keen to dine at but keep putting off. Whilst it’s great to have a favourite pub or restaurant that you keep returning to, variety is the spice of life and trying new things will keep you excited.
Take time to search for new things to do near you on TripAdvisor or ask for recommendations on your community Facebook page. Never had Japanese before? Go ahead and book that dinner reservation and you might discover a new favourite cuisine and culture to inspire your future travels.
6) Create a holiday playlist
Before you go away on holiday sit down with your travel companion and plan a holiday playlist on spotify. Whilst you are away you can listen to this during long car journeys, by the pool or at evening meals. Then when you return home and back to work flick this playlist on and transport yourself back to your warm holiday memories.
7) Practise Mindfulness
Mindfulness and wellbeing is becoming an increasingly popular phenomenon and for good reason. Setting aside just 10 minutes a day to either meditate or practise yoga can help you recenter your thoughts, combat stress and transport you back to a location from your holiday. Take a deep breath and try it now…
8) Carry on a holiday activity or try something new
Travel Blogger Suzy Stories “coming back to reality with a thud is never fun, whether it’s been a short break or extensive travels! Settling back into the normality of daily life can seem frustrating, but I like to try and keep the magic of travel alive by pushing myself in other ways at home! That could be trying a new activity, walking to an unfamiliar part of town, or working towards a personal a personal challenge. Being back home also means rediscovering that familiarity that I enjoy from the places around the world I can’t help but return to – after all, I live where I do for a reason so I might as well see it in a light that helps appreciate its quirks and virtues!’
9) Switch up your routine
The great thing about holidays is the opportunity it provides to take yourself out of your daily routine, this is actually something you can implement at home too to create a positive holiday vibe everyday. Take a different route on your way to work every day – alternate between train and driving. Or stay active and try walking or cycling a bit of your journey to work. you could even try switching up what you eat for lunch.
10) Treat yourself
We all deserve a little treat sometimes and the chance to indulge. Every month set aside some money and book yourself in for a spa treatment, plan a weekend away or buy a small gift that’s purely for you – not your home or any of your loved ones. Schedule it to arrive after
How do you keep the holiday vibe alive when you return home? Let me know in the comments below and if you try any of the tips above make sure you send me a photo and let me know how you’ve got on.
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