Whew! After three weeks of constant travel, I racked up: 3 continents, 4 countries, various states and even more cities. I can officially say I’m exhausted! I need a vacation from my vacation.
The saying, “I need a vacation from my vacation” is absolutely the truth!
So, the big question is: how do you re-cooperate from a vacation?
With the ever-famous jet lag, catching up on sleep in your own time zone can be tricky. In my case arriving home at 5 am in the morning after not sleeping for a good day or so, I immediately needed to hit the sack. I could have slept the entire day, but I paced myself so I could join my time zone and sleep again later that night.
Another struggle I face is the low of coming home. For 3 weeks I was on a travel high. Adventures. Spending time with family and friends. Seeing new cultures and cities. FUN. Then I arrive home to the monotony of “real life”. Unpacking. Laundry. Cleaning. Bills. MORE FUN (in a sarcastic tone).
I like to give myself a day just to deal with the emotions I’m facing and get back into the swing of life again. I know not everyone can afford a day and must dive immediately back into work, but for me, having that day to myself is important.
Homesickness. This is probably the biggest issue I face when my vacation is over. Because I only see my family once a year at best, the days after I leave are always the most difficult. I usually feel homesick for my family, even though I haven’t lived at “home” for 15+ years. It’s like a mourning process, so I allow myself time to mourn. Home is where the heart is, and no matter where in the world I live, my heart will always remain with my family!
And when all is said and done, and I have recovered from my vacation, I can then look back at all the pictures and memories with such fondness. And of course look forward to the next travel adventure that comes along!