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end of trip blues... How to stop them!?

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1. Posted by si403 (Full Member 128 posts) 6y

the last few times i've been away, for almost the last week we've had this frame of mind where we're like 'dam we'll be at home this time next week'... and its really affected our mood and motivation.

its a stupid mentality and something i try to fight because it makes no sense, you should enjoy your last days more as you're about to go back to reality from a place you'll probably never be able to return to.

how do you guys handle this? i would love to have the same 'what are we doing today' attitude until the moment we set off for the final flight home...

thanks for any help!

[ Edit: Edited on 05-Oct-2009, at 15:04 by si403 ]

2. Posted by Craggy (Budding Member 43 posts) 6y

Even if I go away for just a couple of days I get that same feeling! The only way I can get round it is to give my mind something to focus on when I'm home, like studying something for a course or language. I read books about subjects that interest me while I save some more money! Not alot of help I know but it's all I do!

3. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 6y

I don't think I've experienced what you talk about. Maybe that's because I see the journey home as part of the whole travel experience, and it's not until after I've got home when I feel post-trip blues.

4. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 6y

A friend once told me that the way round to being optimistic about winning the lottery is to always have a ticket for the next main draw. So when you lose there's no downer, as the next ticket is already there for the next chance.
I do the same with travel. Sometimes it's no big deal coming back to the UK after a gruelling week or two working abroad, but if I've had a wonderful time then as soon as I'm able, I book a few days away somewhere and as well as being something to look forward to, it takes my mind off having just come back from a wonderous experience in some far off land.
Works for me.

5. Posted by Elena1111 (Budding Member 7 posts) 6y

Sometimes I also have such problems. But in this case I try to concentrate on my trip, because I understand that I have a little time to make all things, which have been planned by me.

6. Posted by magdalina (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

I usually have a heavy depression after returning from a trip. The best way to fight it - trying not to think of all the wonderful things you've seen and to concentrate on your daily routines for a while. The memories will come back, but after some time they won't bring that pain. What about being still on the trip - that's the opposite. I'm not thinking of home until the very end and try to enjoy my stay until the last minute.

7. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 6y

Start planning the next one!

8. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 6y

I usually suffer from a similar complaint but its not really depression, more like wish that I could have spent longer in the place I've come from; see more of it, etc etc... So, to get over that, I'm lucky being a writer, in that I write about where I've just been.

For me it's cathartic and helps overcome those negative feelings, plus it has the bonus of focusing my mind exactly on the small details of the trip. This can be really helpful if you ever decide to return because all of those little details become crystal clear memories, almost like a internal guide-book.

Anyway, that's what works for me.... and of course as Magykal so aptly put it "Start planning the next one!"

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Oct-2009, at 05:45 by zaksame ]