The times we had | Beating the blues

I remember the first time I went abroad in my teens. It was a family trip to Turkey during the height of summer and I completely fell in love. In love with the people, the culture, the heat, the beach, the apartments. Everything. It’s a place we’ve gone back to time and time again, purely because every time we go, we fall a little more in love with those Turkish blue skies. I always know how I feel about a place as soon as I’m back home, because all of a sudden I’ll get hit with a ton of holiday blues. Ah, those dreaded blues! Turkey always hits me hard. I googled ‘Holiday blues’ a while back and it came up with lots of different links but one thing I figured out (which I hadn’t known before) is that it’s an actual thing! Post travel depression or PTD.

Crash landing

You know you’ve been hit with the holiday blues when you get home and take a sudden crash land into reality. We quite often get so swept up in our holidays and being away from home, that we forget reality actually exists.  There’s a quote I heard a while back; ‘Create a life you don’t need a vacation from’. and it’s one that really stuck with me. Why do we have to come home and feel satisfied with ‘reality’. If the reality we live is one that isn’t making us happy, then why do we not do something about it? I know I do. I book another holiday. Probably not the most wallet friendly and practical way of going about it, but it helps me and so I do it. I don’t understand all this practicality stuff  – what does practical even mean?

One of two ways

Sometimes a holiday will leave me feeling one of two ways. I’ll come home and feel inspired, ready to conquer the world and take my work to the next level. I’ll work day and night to make something of my business/job and really put 100% into it. Or it’ll go the other way – I won’t have the energy to do anything and I’ll mope about wishing I was somewhere else. It’s so hard to snap out of that sometimes, but there are ways I do.

Snap out of it

It’s not quite as simple as ‘snapping out of it’ but in a way this is what I do. I get into the mind set of “Well, I had a lovely holiday. I’ll go back again one day and for now I’ll look forward to the next holiday”. If I haven’t got another holiday booked, then when money allows me, I book another one. People always ask how I afford to travel but it’s simple. If you want something enough then you will make it happen.  We go without a lot in order to afford holidays. Andrew works overtime, I work overtime and we make sure we don’t spend our money on things we don’t necessarily need. For example, I will rarely buy myself new clothes.  But that is for another post!

” I would rather own a little and see the world, than own the world and see a little” – Alexander Sattler 

6 Comments

  • http://www.allthebeautifulthings.co.uk says:

    Oh I hate the holiday blues! I am countdown for our Summer holidays now, I just love going away! Thanks for linking up #BloggersBests

  • Helena says:

    There is wealth in experiencing the world with loved ones #TriumphantTales

  • Annette, 3 Little Buttons says:

    Gorgeous photos! I hadn’t even realised that holiday blues were a thing. Oh no… that must be quite a hard thing to deal with. Do you go away for quite a long time? Anything too much over a week, and I’m usually wishing my way home. Thanks for joining us for the #dreamteam xx

  • Jaki says:

    Post-holiday blues are hard going! I didn’t realise it was a recognised condition though! I love your photos! Thanks so much for sharing with #TriumphantTales, hope to see you again on Tuesday.

  • Cathy (Mummytravels) says:

    I totally agree! I think a bit of holidays blues is natural – however much you love everyday life, a trip away should be so special that you’d sad when it’s over (even if you’re glad to be back at the same time). And my standard reaction is also to book another trip… which is also why I don’t find myself buying many clothes!

  • http://www.mummuddlingthrough.com says:

    What an incredible spot for some gorgeous photos. You are right – I remember many a time having that ‘I just want to be back there’ feeling. It’s longing for the escapism of real life I guess, but that’s what holidays are all about, and sadly, they must come to an end!
    Thanks for sharing this with #CoolMumClub the 100th edition x

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