Part of the heartbreak of returning home from vacation is having nothing to look forward to on the horizon. Fix that by planning your next trip. Even if hopping onto another plane isn’t realistic just yet, you can start small by scoping out possible places to go. Once you’ve got the location down, decide how you’ll budget for the trip. Knowing the exact steps you’ll need to take to make the vacation a reality will make the time go by even faster.
Create something smaller to look forward to
Another fun aspect of going on a trip is all the planning that goes into it. Channel that energy into a new endeavour, be it a career goal, a personal fitness record, or a community service achievement. It might not be quite the same as international travel, but you’ll get the satisfaction of creating a plan and seeing it through to completion.
Re-establish a regular sleep schedule
Combine late nights out on the town with early mornings of sightseeing, and you’re bound to experience a bit of fatigue. Add jet lag to the mix and you’ll feel totally spent. Don’t spend your first night home rehashing your adventure with friends: go to sleep. The sooner you get back on a regular schedule, the better you’ll feel.
Get your diet back on track
Whether you’re feeling super bloated or are missing the fresh fruit at the bed and breakfast you just left, you’ll need to find a way to get your diet back on track. Whether that means adding a healthy new habit to the mix or going back to your own ways (as fast as possible!), is up to you. If you’re missing your trip, try recreating one of your favourite local dishes.
Use memories of your trip to reduce stress
Several studies have found that picturing yourself in a happy moment could help you feel better in the present one. The next time you feel stressed or overwhelmed, turn your trip into a meditation. Find a quiet place and recreate a favourite 10-minute memory from your vacation. Add as many details as possible—dialogue, background noise, scents, tastes, and sensations. You’ll find inner calm and keep vivid memories of your trip.