Scott and I do a lot of travel. In 2016 we traveled over 20,000 miles between flying and driving so we were always on the go. We were not traveling quite as much, but we spent five months doing park hosting at Eisenhower State Park on Lake Texoma just outside of Denison, Texas. However, we were still traveling most weekends and exploring the area. This year, we have 438 counties under our belt and two states completely finished (county wise) and we are planning two over 1,000-mile trips before the end of the year. We love traveling, but there one thing I do not like about it: Post Travel Depression or Vacation Blues.
Imagine for a moment, you have arrived home from a two-week vacation. On your vacation, you were busy cramming as much as you could and doing everything from museums, amusement parks, and every tourist activity as possible. For your meals, you are going to restaurants of all types for breakfast, lunches, dinners and snacking on fair type foods at as many vendors as possible. You have had a full schedule and not a moment to be bored.
Now, you are home and you are back at your job but you have no drive and exhausted. You find yourself watching the clock and hating how bored you feel with your humdrum life. You come home to needing to unpack your suitcases, doing something with your mementos, but you just have no desire to do any of it. Forget about cooking dinner because you just have no motivation. You could possibly be suffering from Post Travel Depression. It’s a real, recognized, problem, and when you travel as much as we do, we have had to develop strategies to deal wwithit.
We have found a few things that help us get through these times of the blues. We get outside, we focus on our hobbies, we even travel on short day trips. Often we do all three at once to help get us through it. Often it helps to start planning the next trip.
Post-TravelDepression does not have to be the end of travel, it can be the thing that causes you to look forward to more adventures.