Sometimes coming home after a fantabulous vacation can hit you worse than discovering the expensive avocado you’ve waited to ripen is now overripe. Here’s how to avoid the post-travel blues.
CLEAN BEFORE YOU GO
There’s nothing worse than coming home with a suitcase full of dirty clothes only to find a hamper full of older, dirtier clothes. So leave your home the way your mum would expect to find it. I even like to have fresh sheets on the bed so that my-now-spoiled-by-hotels self won’t be too bummed out by my IKEA bed.
Having cleaned up means that you can unpack in relative peace, leaving you time to actually reflect on the fab time you had while away.
EMBRACE THE JET LAG
Being awake when Australia sleeps will only remind you of the difference between your quiet suburb and the raucous streets of Tokyo. And while there’s no cure for jet lag except time, you can use that time to quietly remember your holiday and start imagining where you’d like to go next.
PLAN YOUR NEXT BREAK
Once you’ve had time to mourn the end of your holiday, it’s time to move onto the next one. It doesn’t need to be a big one, just a weekend away (or even going for a drive to somewhere new) will take you outside of your daily routine.
TREAT EVERYDAY LIKE A HOLIDAY
Sometimes the biggest difference between being on holiday and being at home is your attitude. Take time to truly enjoy the moment and, yes, be present. Try new things and take your holiday self with you at home.
REMEMBER YOUR REAL LIFE IS GOOD
Melbourne may not have the Big Five, but it has fab laksa. And while you might have met some great people on the road, nothing beats hanging out with friends and family. Do things that remind you how good you have it at home. You can even force loved one to sit through a slide show of the photos from your holiday - all 8,000 of them.