Depression After Vacation Got You Down?

For as long as I can remember, I literally cry or get depressed during the last few hours of any vacation. I do not want to leave or I think about not having the 1:1 time with my mom or my husband any longer. I have some vacations where it hits harder than others. Some I’m torn as to whether I am excited to get back or I am still wanting to stay on vacation. When I get back into reality, I find myself having a hard time adjusting to real life. I am weepy, wanting to be back where I was, ready to get away from reality and etc. Getting back into the groove of things and getting back to reality is definitely not easy. Here are my 5 tips for overcoming my after vacation depression. 

5 Tips for Overcoming After Vacation Depression:
1.) Research and Plan a New Vacation
I am a serious sucker for planning ahead, but don’t worry I live in the moment when I actually am on vacation. Planning a new vacation gives me the opportunity to daydream about my next destination to fly to. I think about all the memories that could possible happen, all of the neat things I will see, how different it will be and etc. This also gives me the opportunity to save up and be ready for the endless possibilities that come with a different trip.

2.) Create New Countdown to Next Vacation

I know people always say, “Take life one day at a time” but I cannot help but look to the future. I am your typical count the hours, minutes, days and etc down till the next event. Whether it be the weekend, the time my husband gets home, my next vacation or anything I am always counting it down. I have an app for that (seems there is an app for everything these days!). Right now in my app I have 32 days till my next trip, which is for vacation and the US holiday of Thanksgiving Day. Knowing I have something to look forward to gives me a little extra pep in my step everyday.

3.) Look Through Photos and Talk to People about your trip

Whenever I get back, I usually post my photos to my Facebook and Instagram. This starts a series of questions about my trips: how it went, where I went, how I planned it and etc. I usually go back through my photos and create a picture book to look through. I will reminisce on the trip and think about all the good times I had on the trip when life gets me down. Talking with people also allows you to inspire others to go where you have been.

4.) Plan a Weekend Trip Somewhere

Weekend trips are just a little snippet of getting away from reality. My husband and I like to take day trips or weekend trips every once in awhile. Weekend trips give up time to get away from reality and live a little without having to worry about bills and all of the rest of life’s worries. Weekend trips do not have to be expensive, as there are always new things to explore in your own city or even just a couple of cities away. The maximum amount of hours I will drive for a day trip is about 3 hours. We leave early in the morning and get back late in the afternoon. This also helps to ease me ancyness of staying in one place too long and allows me to explore a new place.

5.) Ease Your Way Back Into Reality

Easing my way back into reality helps big time with my depression after vacation. I typically take a half day or a day off after my vacation. This gives me time to clean out my suit case, get life back in order and get my dogs back into the swing of things. It is not always easy going from having fun every day to going back to the usual grind of every day life. I have found that if I provide myself with time to relax after vacation, I function a lot better when going back to reality.

What are your ways to get over depression after a vacation? Let me know in the comments below.
As you can see, depression after a vacation is not always easy but there are ways around it. Each of the different ways I listed above help me at different times, in their own special way. As I continue to travel, I learn so much more about myself as well as about others around me and the world. For that, I will forever be grateful and willing to continue to see the world. What does travel mean to you? Is it a way to meet new friends or just a way to get away from reality? Stay tuned next week for a series on being an introvert, introvert/extrovert or extrovert and how that can impact the way you travel. I will have 3 new wonderful guest bloggers on the blog next week for the series, so be sure to check them out.

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  1. If only there was a way to stay on a permanent vacation LOL that would be awesome

    1. I know right? I could live that life forever.

  2. I knew this feeling..I don’t even need to be on a vacation to feel this, every Sunday I have this feeling (lighter though)..
    Thanks for the tips, I will try it for my next vacation!

    1. I definitely understand that feeling. You aren’t ready to go back to work. Same here! You are welcome! Hope they help!

  3. Planning is very important to get a satisfied vacation. Thank you for the tips.

    1. That is definitely true! You are welcome! Thank you for reading. 🙂

  4. Just got back from Los Angeles and I am already depressed by the fact that I’m back to reality…

    1. I definitely understand. Coming back to reality is hard. I wish I could continuously be on vacation. I hope you had a wonderful trip to LA though!

  5. This is so true. But with me case is different. I live in memories of that particular travel. Your post is wonderful, thoughtful.

    1. Definitely living in the memories helps. Thank you so much for reading and commenting! 🙂

  6. I feel the same, usually starts the night before a holiday ends, Its just the reality that its about to end, but planning for the next trip is a good idea. Keeps the flow going. Good Blog

    1. Thank you! I definitely think planning keeps the vacation vibe a flowin’. The feeling is hard to get past though. 🙂

  7. I am such a big fan of giving yourself a ‘buffer day’ between vacation and getting back to reality. I don’t understand how anyone can come home from an exotic vacation and then get up the next day and go to work!

    1. I have no idea how people do it. I would still have vacation brain, dreaming of the place I just went. Buffer days are the best!

  8. Hey, I especially like the idea of creating a countdown.
    I recently wrote a very similar post. Maybe you will try my ideas also:

    1. Thank you so much. I will definitely look into your ideas. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  9. Aw, my heart goes out to you. I remember feeling exactly that way once, many years ago. I had been a massage therapist for a number of years and my practice had grown so big that I burnt out. On my way back from a holiday, I completely fell apart. I just could not bear the idea of going back home to my real life. We actually landed up stopping at a coastal town for another night so I could pull myself together. When I got back home I started to make some changes so life could be more bearable again.

    1. It’s definitely hard to leave good vacations. I think I definitely need to make some changes. Thank you for sharing your story!

  10. I’m totally for the ‘booking another trip’ idea!! x

    1. I know right? I think it’s the best one, that way you already have something else booked and ready. Xx 😊

  11. The post traveling blues are very much real – I experienced it hard after I returned home after 6 years of continuously traveling the world. The funny thing is at the time I thought I wanted to come home but only after a few weeks the depression seeped in and took over. I really struggled with adapting to being back in normal life.

    1. I definitely understand your struggle. It is amazing how Different vacation life is verses reality. I wish I could always live in vacation world. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your story with me!

  12. been there. done that. although back in the day, it had something to do with my job. but i’m glad that i’m not the only one! 🙂

    1. It’s definitely hard not to get depressed after vacation! You are definitely not the only one. 😊

      1. Just came across your ‘about’ profile. Apparently, we’re also on the same situation as our parents couldn’t afford family vacation as a kid. Cheers for us then, I suppose? 😉

        1. Definitely cheers to us! We decided to give ourselves what our parents couldn’t give us. ☺️

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