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You know what I am talking about, don’t you? You just got home from your vacation and are settling back into the old routine of working, working out and eating healthy after letting yourself get away with just about anything during your trip and you already feel like you’re in need of a vacation again 🙂 That’s what I call the post-vacation blues. So, how are you gonna beat it? Let me know if you have any good suggestions. In the meantime, here are my suggestions on how to beat the post-vacation blues:

  1. Enjoy all the things you usually can’t do during your vacation: home-cooked food, your comfy bath robe, the fun work-out (I like Zumba :)), etc.
  2. Treat yourself to something nice like a massage, a mani/pedi, a long walk in the park, … The possibilities are endless.
  3. Reconnect with your friends back home and go out: meet for coffee or dinner and talk what happened at home during the vacation or share details from your trip.
  4. Enjoy the memories of your recent trip. Start downloading the pictures. Maybe make a nice album on Facebook or create an actual album for the coffee table (online or the good old-fashioned way of scrap-booking). Write your blog – my posts will come soon 😉
  5. And last, but not least…. plan your next trip. While my next long trip abroad is in the more distant future, I am planning a quick girlfriend getaway this weekend. Anything to get you out of your routine again and prolong that vacation feeling a little bit.

And now I am gonna get away from my computer, follow my own good advice and go to work out. I’ll probably be really bad since I haven’t worked out in 3 weeks, but at least it’ll be fun – hopefully! Upbeat Zumba music, here I come…

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6 Comments

  • Andrew says:

    Hey Sabrina, nice list. I did a similar post in October right after I got back from two weeks in Greece. http://www.groundedtraveler.com/2010/10/15/vacation-juice/
    It does seem that after a long vacation, getting back into the routine can be a struggle. This is especially true if the weather shifted while you were gone. Leaving in summer and coming back in Fall can be harsh.

    • Sabrina says:

      You did? I gotta go back and read it. Maybe you have some more good suggestions for me 🙂 Actually, the weather was one of the easier parts this time. The 2-3 weeks in Europe were freezing and coming back to the Texas sun was the best thing about being back so far.

  • Oliver says:

    Na Sabrina,

    ist ja kaum zu glauben, wer heutzutage so alles bloggt. Ich wollt es mir nicht nehmen lassen, hier mal auf deutsch zu posten, das können Deine Ami-Kumpels nämlich alle nicht lesen 🙂 . Ich schwenke in Zukunft aber gerne auf Englisch um, dann haben die anderen auch was davon.

    Bin vollkommen zufällig über Deinen Blog gestolpert. Als ich “Texas”, “Sabrina” und “Marco” gelesen hatte, war die Sache mehr oder weniger durch. Aber vielleicht irre ich mich ja trotzdem und Du bist gar nicht Sabrina aus dem schönen K. in NRW?

    Jedenfalls schön, dass Ihr auch mit einem post-vacationalen Trauma zu kämpfen habt, das geht mir nämlich genauso. Bin auch wieder in HH und habe es etwas schwer, wieder reinzufinden, nachdem ich 2 Wochen zu Hause rumgegammelt habe.

    Habe mich noch nett mit Deinem alten Herrn unterhalten. Bei dem Freund Deiner Schwester muss ich vorsichtig sein, der versteht mir zu viel Deutsch : ).

    So, ich melde mich die Tage noch mal. Grüß mir George W., wenn Du ihn triffst.

    • Sabrina says:

      Huhu Olli,

      Du hast schon Recht 🙂 Ich bin’s. Wir hatten am 23. einen super Abend mit Euch allen und Marco hat sich gewundert wieso seine kleinen Koelsch immer wieder voll waren und wie schnell man da den Ueberblick verliert 🙂 War nett! Post-vacation Blues auch in HH? Kann ich verstehen! Ich bin dieses Wochenende in San Angelo fuer einen Kurztrip mit einer Freundin. Kann ich nur empfehlen…. also San Angelo und auch generell einen Kurztrip nach einem laengeren Urlaub! Poste bald ueber unsere Europa Tour ueber Weihnachten. Vielleicht erkennst Du ja ein paar Sachen 🙂

      Liebe Gruesse,
      Sabrina

  • Great advice! I love the idea of pampering yourself after a vacation, since I think all too often we think that since we’ve been on vacation now we need to get back to work. Also think it’s a great idea to start planning the next vacation. When I need a pick me up, I start doing research for the next trip which always gets me excited again!
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    • Sabrina says:

      Thank you! So far, I’ve let the pampering slip a little, but I did a little weekend trip and that felt really good. This week I’ll try to get a massage or something and start planning the next short trip. I’ve got my mind set on skiing in the near future at least for a day or two 🙂

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