9 Ways To Make The End Of A Vacation Suck Less

by | Mar 9, 2022 | Travel

The experience of travel is filled with discovery, relaxation and joy. Returning home to the daily grind often feels like the exact opposite. “There is a well-known post-vacation blues phenomenon where our mood dips down for at least a week to 10 days, sometimes to even pre-vacation levels,” said Sue Varma, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at NYU Langone Health. “With all of the excitement of new places and connecting with new people, our brains were being bathed in high amounts of dopamine and serotonin while we were having fun.”AdvertisementBut the return to your normal routine doesn’t have to be so painful. Below, Varma and several travel experts share their advice for making the transition suck less and staving off the post-vacation blues.Unpack your suitcase when you get homeMany of us have a habit of dropping our bags by the door as soon as we get back from a trip and letting them sit there for days. But this move doesn’t help with the transition out of vacation mode since it makes the home feel less inviting.“Unless you arrive home in the middle of the night, I recommend unpacking your suitcase the same day you get home,” said Phil Dengler, co-founder of The Vacationer. “This signals to your brain that the vacation is officially over and it is time to return to normal life.”AdvertisementHe also advised doing laundry as soon as possible “to reduce clutter and ease your mind.”Bring home a souvenir you can use in daily life“One thing that I always do when I travel is buy a souvenir for my apartment that is something I will see or use in everyday life,” Katie McIntosh, the travel blogger behind The Katie Show, told HuffPost.She has collected items such as pillowcases, artwork, a small rug, drinking glasses, decorative plates and a coffee maker.Advertisement“These usually last a lot longer than the cheap, generic knickknacks sold in most souvenir stores, and they always make me smile with fond memories when I see or use them,” McIntosh said. “It’s like having a piece of the destination with you each day.”Willis Orlando, senior product operations specialist at Scott’s Cheap F …

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