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20 lifesaving ideas to beat the vacation blues

Your vacation is over? You are stuck at home for the foreseeable future? You believe that is going to be horrible? There is a word for this: PTD (Post-Travel depression). Think again. It is so easy to hold on to that happy vacation feeling at home. 


20 lifesaving ideas to beat the vacation blues


1. Remind yourself that after the trip is before the next one.

2. On your flight back home, read the airline magazine it gives great inspiration for your next vacation.

3. Look at your vacation snaps, if they are great why not consider turning your home into a gallery space?

4. Talk to everybody you meet about your trip, they might start talking about their recent trips too, this is seriously going to be the best talk ever.

5. Start to plan your next trip as soon as you leave your vacation spot (at least do so in your mind).

6. Buy food when on vacation, e.g. honey, jam, oil, salt, tea, coffee, biscuits, spices and use them at home.

7. Buy locally made beauty products on vacation, like body oil or body scrub and use it there. When you use them back home the smell will trigger that happy feeling.

8. Make regular visits to the travel section of your local book store, dream away while you browse their coffee table books.

9. Throw away your TV, start reading and dreaming of foreign places.

10. Get yourself new cookbooks, open one page (blindfolded) and cook that dish that night.

11. Hang up a giant wall map (exactly like the ones we sometimes were made to schlepp for our teachers from the archive to geography lessons at school). It is the best way to be close to the world.

12. Catch up regularly on world-wide current affairs, so you will stay connected to the world around you.

13. What was it that made your last hotel stay so special? The bed linen? The table cloth? The cutlery? Decorate your home, why not live in style all year round?

14. Decorate your home with travel memorabilia, old suitcases, globes, photos, cushions.

15. Play tourist in your hometown. Look at everything like you would see it for the first time, take a camera or use your phone.

16. Have you ever heard yourself saying: “I went to xxx and people were so friendly?” Talk to people at the bakery, laundry, cash register ... and smile often to recreate this careless vacation atmosphere at home.

17. Listen to music from your last vacation spot, and dance wildly in your living room. You went to Greece? Think of Zorba the Greek.

18. Go to the cinema, theatre, concert, museum, gallery, be as active as you would be on vacation.

19. Eat at restaurants, visit cafes for coffee and cake, go outside, and enjoy your hometown.

20. Join Instagram and connect with people from your favourite places. You can meet me, THE TOURISTIN there too. 

If you want to be happy, be. (Leo Tolstoy)

Hope these ideas help to keep you in the travel spirit, and bring back all these good feelings. We all know travelling is the best thing in the world … next to chocolate.

How do you overcome Post-Travel Depression? Can’t wait to hear from you.

From Berlin with love

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Greetings stranger. I always try to be myself and to be a tourist as often as I can. I would love to get in contact with lots of hard travelling tourists who love to be out and about as much as I do. I am looking forward to all your comments. Thanks so much in advance.