I’m writing this intro whilst deep in the throngs of the post-vacations blues. We just returned from an epic trip to Russia (I’ll share our itineraries soon)! And as much as I love being back in my own bed and not living out of a suitcase, I can’t help but feel sad when vacation is over. Today I am sharing some tips to help you transition back to reality after a vacation.
Also, today is Paul and my’s 4th wedding anniversary! Happy Anniversary, Paul!
5 TIPS TO HELP YOU TRANSITION BACK TO REALITY AFTER VACATION
HAVE A FREE DAY BETWEEN ARRIVING HOME AND RETURNING TO WORK
We pretty much always extend our trip for as long as possible – arriving home late on a Sunday night. This is perfectly fine, but it is nice to have a day or two free between arriving home and having to be back at work. If you do choose to extend that trip to the last minute (GUILTY 🙋🏻♀️), make your first day back a light day. Don’t schedule any meetings or appointments, just focus on getting back into your routine.
DO LAUNDRY & CLEAN YOUR HOUSE BEFORE YOU LEAVE FOR VACATION
This sounds silly, but I love to have all of my non-vacation clothes pre-washed and put away before I leave for a trip. I also wash the sheets and towels before we head out. It’s so nice to have the laundry done and fresh sheets to come home to.
On that note, clean your house before you leave. Run the dishwasher as you’re heading out the door, put away loose items and tidy up your space. On occasions I’ve headed out after leaving a mess behind. It adds an unnecessary stress when you return. Take 10 minutes and do a quick clean before you leave – you’ll feel so much better!
SCHEDULE A GROCERY DELIVERY
Schedule a grocery delivery or pick-up for the day after you return home. Pre-scheduling this necessary task will make your transition home easier. You won’t have to worry about making a grocery list & finding the time to run to the store. Many stores like Walmart, local grocery stores and Amazon Prime offer these services!
ORDER DELIVERY OR TAKE-OUT THE DAY YOU RETURN
Have a meal plan for first day home. We never cook our first day home, instead we rely on take-out or delivery. If you do want to cook instead of eating out, have a plan for something simple, like spaghetti! Choose a meal with ingredients that aren’t perishable and make sure you already have everything you need before you leave. Many bigger cities have UberEats, Postmates, etc – and if you’ve never used them before, they usually have a first-time offer code!
PLAN A FUN EVENT
Schedule a fun event in the following week. Like I said, post-vacation blues are real. Combat that by planning something fun, like dinner with a friend or a movie-date with your significant other. This way, you have something to look forward to after your return to reality!