8 Cures for the Post Trip Blues

You return from a fabulous trip abroad, and soon after are drowning in the dreaded post trip blues. We’ve all been there. Life on the road may be chaotic, and stressful at times, but it’s always exhilarating and rewarding. And once you return home you try and coast by on the high from your adventure. But soon enough the post trip blues creep on.
We all can’t be jet-setting across the globe, riding on the coat tails of one trip to another. Many of us have full-time jobs and lives at home.

So, how do you manage to beat the post trip blues from creeping into your life? After many a trips that left me wanting to seek comfort in my bed, under the covers, I’ve amassed a handful of tips to beating the blues. Here are my top 8 ways to stay happy and cure your wanderlust in between trips.

1. Start Planning

Beginning to plan for your next adventure always helps ease the blues of being home. If you busy yourself with where to go, where to stay, and other details of your next adventure your excitement will help boost your happiness knowing a new trip is in your future.

For me researching and planning is almost half the fun of travelling!

Related Post: Conflicting Thoughts on Returning Home

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2. Read

Pick up a travelogue or book set in one of your favourite cities, or better yet one set in a place you’ve never been. Reading of travels, or exotic locales, will help stir your wanderlust, and perhaps inspire a new trip idea.

Don’t forget to read travel blogs in between your travels. Not only will you be reading about new destinations and adventures, but you’ll also be learning about some insider tips and tricks from the pros.

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3. Learn a Language

Engaging your mind in learning a new language will improve your mental state in various ways. Not only will it get your mind off the blues, but it will stimulate parts of your brain that you don’t always use. Plus, it’s a great way to meet new people when you travel and have a more authentic experience if you know the language of the people around you.

A great app to try is Duolingo. It’s free and offers in-depth ways to learn languages, from writing to speech. It offers at least 20 different languages for English speakers.

4. Enjoy Your Travel Photos

Beat the post trip blues by relishing in your past trip photos. Whether it’s printing off a bunch to create a scrapbook, of photos, ticket stubs and other travel mementos, or maybe choosing your favourites to produce a beautiful hardcover photobook of your trip. Another idea is to print off some of your favourite photos and construct a photo collage on your wall. That way every time you see it you can smile and remember all the amazing places you’ve been.

5. Cook an International Meal

Do you have a favourite meal from a country you’ve travelled to? Consider putting together an international meal, or throw a country themed dinner party for friends and family. Or look up an international recipe that you’ve never tried, perhaps from a country you’ve yet to visit, and try it out.

6. Take a Hike

Getting outdoors, spending time surrounded by nature, does wonders for you mood. There’s even been tons of articles lately about how hiking makes you happier. Not only will your mood improve but so will your creativity, concentration and so much more. And being active, especially outside, whether that involves hiking, swimming, snowshoeing, or something else, will definitely bust those post trip blues away.

Check out this piece from Bianca over at My Wild Earth about the benefits of hiking!

Devil's Pulpit trail

Hiking the Devil’s Pulpit

7. Visit Museums

Consider making a visit to a museum or art gallery to cure the blues. Visit museums with exhibits showcasing artifacts from exciting destinations that you haven’t visit yet. Or head to an art gallery that’s home to a collection of paintings of beautiful places that you love or have yet to travel to.

8. Explore Locally

So few of us actually play tourist in our own city. Dig deeper into what other travellers come to your city to see, or find new and exciting things like street art, new cafes or try a new restaurant. Explore your city with new eyes, go beyond the familiar.

Another idea is to take a road trip to a nearby town you’ve never been to. It’s like your still travelling to new destinations while you’re at home!

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Post Trip Blues - 8 Cures

Stephanie

I'm a Canadian gal with a passion for wildlife, the great outdoors and travel and hope to inspire others to feel the same way! Travelling mostly solo I love to explore Ontario Gems in my own backyard as well as exotic cities around the world.

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20 Responses

  1. Tami says:

    Thanks for the pingback! I’ll be checking out your articles because we’re headed to Ontario in September, and I need ideas!

    • Stephanie says:

      You’re very welcome! Love all your ideas! And hope you enjoy yourself this September, it’s a great time to visit. And let me know if you have any questions Tami!

  2. Sadly I am experiencing this phenomenon right now. I am pretty much doing all of the things you list, too. 😀 I might bike instead of hike, and I might eat at an ethnic restaurant rather than cook, but same premise.

    Travel Happy!

    • Stephanie says:

      I’m right here with ya Charles! But keeping busy, getting outdoors and more really do help!

  3. Cindy ladage says:

    Love this great advice especially the local aspect after you return home you really do go through with drawl and making plans for another trip for looking at the beautiful things that you have in your own backyard is a great way to get past it .

    • Stephanie says:

      Thanks Cindy! This is my longest bought without international travel, but exploring locally really does help. It’s incredible what you can find in your own backyard.

  4. Great list, Stephanie! I feel like I’m constantly planning my next trip and reading travel blogs and books, so that keeps my trip blues away for the most part. I think the most difficult transition for me was after several months abroad. Every day I was reminded of Germany and missed it so much. I think learning a language is a great way to get excited for an upcoming trip. After 11 years, I’m finally headed back to Europe later this year. I think I’ll pick up my German language practicing over the summer in preparation.

    • Stephanie says:

      Thanks Erin! So happy to hear about your return to Europe! Love Europe so much! Hope you have a great trip!

  5. Cat says:

    Thanks for sharing your tips! I always suffer from post-vacation blues. Editing my travel photos and start planning my next trip seem to help me combat it!

    • Stephanie says:

      Thanks Cat! I agree, immersing myself in my photos, or planning another trip is so helpful.

  6. Mindi Hirsch says:

    We’ve solved the problem with full-time challenge. This lifestyle has its challenges, but post trip blues is not one of them.

  7. Jaimee says:

    OMG so one of my closest friends just went on her first solo trip and loved it, but came back and was seriously so devastated it was over. She ended up having people over for a feast to cook them one of the dishes she learned to make in one of the hostels she stayed in! Cooking is such a good way to relive your trips!!

    • Stephanie says:

      So glad to hear your friend not only went on her first solo trip but is bringing those memories to life in her everyday life through food!

  8. I also love finding little trinkets or decor for my apartment while on the road – this helps with the wanderlust! Although with the amount of German signs that are piling up in my apartment… I think I need a few others to balance it out! Love this post darlin’!

    • Stephanie says:

      Thanks Lindz! It really does help surrounding yourself with souvenirs and other accessories that remind you of your travels.

  9. I’m all about the planning so definitely that and reading travel books. I check them out from the library all the time! I like having a trip to look forward to no matter how far in advance it is. 😉 Great list!

    • Stephanie says:

      I agree Melody, planning a trip is half the fun of travelling and having something to look forward to is like a carrot and the end of the proverbial day, lol!

  10. Great tips! My favorite thing about coming back from traveling is doing more planning for the next trip! And I think a lot of us forget about exploring locally.

    • Stephanie says:

      Thanks Tarah! I love planning too! And I agree, we forget about the treasures in our own backyards that are just as amazing as anything else we’d find overseas.

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