It’s the most wonderful time of the year….until you come back from your holiday and it’s over. But wait! You can stave off the end-of-holiday doldrums (and maybe start the plan for a beach getaway for this time next year?), with just a few little adjustments.
Our inspiration for these tips come from a great post from The Huffington Post By Suzy Strutner but we have added in a few extra comments too!
1. Make a wish list of “home” adventures
Just because your holiday is over doesn’t mean the fun and adventures have to stop! Write a list of all the local things you would like to do and start ticking them off! Could be as simple as a walk up to the local highest point or a picnic in the local park. Could involve taking a drive on one of the local tourist drives (destination: local pub/cafe/eatery) and then home again. The adventures don’t have to stop just because your holiday has!
2. Make a shrine to your “happy place.”
Display a jar of sand from the beach where you spent Christmas, or a teacup from your mum’s house. Maybe a photo collage on your laptop screensaver or think about a Pinterest board to remind you of your happy times. They’ll reassure you that those fun times won’t be forgotten.
3. Remind yourself why you love home
Is it friends? Family? Your old familiar coffee shop? Typing a quick list of the things you’re thankful for at home will make returning from vacation-land feel much cheerier. Add it to your happy place shrine.
4. Get stuff done before you leave
There is nothing worse than a pile of smelly laundry, accumulated dust, unpaid bills or un-emptied bins greeting you after your return from a blissful break! Even the thought of it could spoil your holiday whilst you are away! Get as much done as you can before you go and revel in the cleanliness when you return!
5. Take a buffer day
If you weren’t so stellar as to handle tasks beforehand, a day of catch-up will do the trick. Either that or just a day to clear up after your holiday and pack away all your gear. Its a great chance to get back into your usual routines and remember – take it slow. Don’t forget to make those calls to catch up with family and friends who are probably itching to hear all about your trip! ..and as a final tip – book a catch up with friends that you have missed (or send a text saying hi – I’m home – photo attached!).
6. Plan a mini-vacation for next week
It doesn’t have to be big, and it can literally be to the local cafe. Just give your brain something to look forward to during the long months ahead (until your next vacation of course!).
7. Consider takeaway
Well, given you have probably cleaned out the fridge before you left (!), there’s probably nothing nice and fresh to eat anyway. Don’t feel you have to rush out to get all the groceries to get a great meal prepared. You could be really organised and have a “freezer” meal ready for your home arrival (spaghetti bolognaise is our favourite) or if not, don’t stress, one more meal “out” won’t hurt.
8. Attack jet lag
The only thing worse than returning to work is returning to work with droopy eyelids. Stay up late, go to bed early, drink loads of water… whatever extra effort you personally require to stay lag-free.
9. Hold on to a vacation habit
Keep the hot-chocolate-after-dinner routine you established during holiday travels. Or call your friend for a late-night chat like the ones you had on vacation. There’s no point in scrapping these tidbits of fun!
10. Just be
Your unpacking, washing etc doesn’t have to be done all at once. Take a moment to have a nice cup of tea/chilled wine on your return and a few moments to revel in the fact that you have had a great holiday away. Even if your holiday wasn’t quite as great as you planned, take a few moments to laugh at some of your adventures. Bring a smile to your dial with a chat with a friend about your trip and be ready to think about where your next adventure might take you!
…Have we convinced you yet that your holiday doesn’t have to finish when you get home? Have we inspired you to think about a beach holiday? Northern Rivers area NSW (including Kingscliff, Casuarina, Pottsville and Cabarita Beach) is the perfect spot – and its location is ideal – 1/2 way between the Gold Coast and Byron Bay. Patrolled beaches line the coast. We even have Lisa and Pete’s top tips on things to do in Kingscliff! Check out our blog and news, location and attractions and what’s on and markets for more great tips and things to do on your Northern Rivers summer holidays!
Happy holidays – dream about what is possible; believe you can do it; make the most of your leave; plan, book and enjoy your holiday; then dream about where you will go next! It is your turn!
…and… if you are looking for a resort-style luxury beachfront holiday home for your family holiday, romantic break wedding accommodation, (watch our video here), or a girls getaway contact us at La Maison Pacifique for availability and a quote…. Remember, our rates compare really well with local 5-star resorts – and La Maison Pacifique is private – on the beach – walking distance to cafes at Cabarita Beach – perfect spot for whale watching (June to November each year) – children optional!
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