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.
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