We wish it could last longer too, but then how do we experience the joy of planning another holiday.
To help ease your way back into your normal routine while retaining the excitement from the Christmas holiday trip, try some or all of these tips:
1. Turn off the international package on your cell phone.
Many travelers add an international calling, texting and/or data package to their usual plan so that they can use their cell phones affordably during a trip overseas. Once your trip is over, make sure to remove the package from your plan so you’re not continuing it to pay for it over the next month and beyond.
2. Take care of your body.
It’s not uncommon to get sick right after a trip, but you can help prevent this by taking care of yourself when you arrive home. Crossing time zones, stressing out over flight delays, over-indulging at restaurants and bars, sleeping fitfully on planes … these are just a few of the ways that travel can be hard on your body.. Drink lots of water to rehydrate yourself after a long, dry plane ride, and counter all those heavy restaurant meals with fresh fruits, vegetables and salads.
If your body is craving sleep, take a nap rather than forcing yourself to adapt immediately to your new time zone. Many travelers find that an extra “recovery” day after their vacation — to sleep and catch up with other post-vacation tasks — is useful in easing themselves mentally and physically back into the real world.
4. Deal with your email.
If you haven’t been keeping up with email during your trip, you’ll likely arrive home to a bulging inbox. The longer you wait to deal with it, the more it will pile up, so take a few minutes to zip through the heap, responding to anything urgent and deleting any newsletters or alerts that you’ll never have time to read. Don’t forget to turn off any “out of office” or “away on vacation” auto messages you turned on before your trip, and to restart any newsletter subscriptions you may have canceled. And if you haven’t already called or texted, send a quick note to your family and friends letting them know you’ve arrived home safely.
5. Share your experiences with other travelers.
While planning your journey, did you read hotel reviews or compare restaurant ratings or check out the experiences of other travelers on travel sites and blogs? If you’ve benefited from the wisdom of other travelers in the past, consider paying it forward by writing about the highs and lows of your own journey. For best results, do it within a week or two of your trip, while you can still remember the names and locations clearly
6. Start planning your next trip.
A recent survey found that while travel makes us happier, it doesn’t take long after a trip — usually just a couple of weeks — for us to return to our normal levels of contentment or lack of it. Luckily, it’s not just travel that makes us happier; so does the process of planning a trip. If you’re looking to stay excited and motivated you can start dreaming about your the next trip. It’s never too early to start planning that next journey, plan right and plan smart with Travelbeta.com