Beat the post-vacation blues

Beating the post-holiday blues

It happens to all of us, no? When you get back from a trip? The crash after the high and a bit of the blues.

It’s inevitable, after the buzz of planning and the excitement of actually being away. When you get home, back to real life, you can’t help but sink a little.

Because it happens to me each time I get back from a holiday, I’ve been able to come up with a few sure-fire ways to beat those blues.

  • Start a new project. Paint a room in your house or re-do the layout of your living room. Having something fresh to focus on will distract you.
  • Start planning the next trip. Even if it’s not for a year or more, start browsing photos on Pinterest or researching the next place you want to visit.
  • Organize your photos. No doubt you’ll have hundreds (if not thousands, ahem) of pictures from your last trip, so take the time to go through them, edit them and print off your favourites for framing or for a fun craft project.
  • Buy yourself a treat. I’m not advocating irresponsible spending, but I sometimes find that a special treat is a nice pick-me-up.
  • Be active. Go to the gym and work off that inevitable vacation weight. As they say, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.”
  • Appreciate the small things. Take pleasure in your morning cup of tea or coffee, in the smells of summer, in the weekend. Be grateful for the fact that travel is an option when it isn’t for so many. I read this great quote that says “gratitude turns everything you have into enough” and it’s so true.

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Weekend travel inspiration

PASSPORT PAGES: St Lucia

Here’s a little travel inspiration from around the internet.

12Hrs is a new website offering 12 hour itineraries for cities around the world. Their city tips “aren’t about money, but about great discoveries from all around the world.”

Some beautiful photos from North Berwick (have I mentioned my love of the UK lately?)

Picnics in Paris. Oh la la. 

Stay in a castle!

This site lets you choose and book flights based on how happy they make passengers. Finally!

Have a great weekend!

(Photo of St Lucia by me)

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Dream vacations: Iceland

Passport Pages: IcelandPassport pages: IcelandIceland is seriously high on my list of dream holidays. Between its incredibly stark, gorgeous landscapes and its unique culture it sounds like such an unusual place to visit – but mostly I want to go experience the midnight sun in June!

It would make such a fun long weekend trip, don’t you think?

Also, did you know that many of Jon Snow’s beyond-the-wall scenes in Game of Thrones were filmed there?

Image source: pas le matin on flickr

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Foldable wellies

PASSPORT PAGE Diana in green Hunter boots

 

 

PASSPORT PAGES foldable Hunter boots

Did you know that iconic welly boot brand Hunter makes the perfect boots for travel? Foldable! They’re the traditional Hunter boot but flexible enough to roll up and pack away – perfect for taking camping, to the UK, or anywhere really since they’re so easy to pack.

I picked up a pair of classic green ones recently and I can’t wait to bust them out in the Scottish highlands later this year. They’re a bit pricey but totally worth it for avoiding wet socks while you travel.

 

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Travel inspiration: English countryside

Just a couple of beautiful photos to feed the travel bug!

Derbyshire

ukAren’t these beautiful? Makes you want to don the Barbour and wellies and take a hike through the misty, cool air before stopping off at the local pub for a drink by the fire.

Photo sources are in the images themselves. Top photo is by Mike Barber, bottom is by Heather Hester. 

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Dream vacations: Morocco

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How much fun is it to keep a list of all the amazing places in the world you want to see?

Morocco is definitely at the top of mine.

Imagine even just four nights in this exotic nation, enjoying all of the historic, architectural and colourful sites.

I’d love to check in here for a few nights, and enjoy the spa facilities and evening drinks on the roof.

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Then spend the day shopping the souk and enjoying the sites and sounds.

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Genius packing tip

How great is Pinterest? Source of some of the greatest little ideas I’ve ever seen.

Like this.

I have an assortment of favourite necklaces and I like being able to take at least a few with me on trips. A girl’s gotta have options, right?

Instead of worrying about them getting tangled up together when they’re packed, if you slip them through a drinking straw they stay perfectly intact and separate.

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Love it. I’ll be doing this all the time.

Image via Real Simple.

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