Walk among the trees in Denmark, WA
I had a whinge in this post about how I was struggling a little bit with being home but this week I'm feeling better. I've got two gigs and a festival pencilled in aswell as a trip to London and the promise of a weekend in Europe so 2016 is shaping up to be pretty sweet. I know some people get the post travel blues pretty bad so I had a think about things I've done in the past to make myself feel better about being home - Lo and behold, this little list was born.
Get your photos printed out and make a scrapbook.
Relive your time away by getting crafty. Get some photos printed (I tend to use photobox as you can get normal sized photos and Instagram/Polaroid style one) and find a way to make them look pretty in a scrapbook. This one from Paperchase is ideal. Use anything you have left from your travels to make the page come alive - Tickets, flyers, bric a brac - and let your creative juices run wild. If you want something a bit more visual then take inspiration from Kayley Mills who made some awesome shadow boxes filled with bits from her travels, scrabble tiles and bulky frames from Ikea.
Explore your own backyard.
I live in North Yorkshire and just incase you are a new reader and hacen't heard me bleating on about it, I think it's amazing. It's so green and the air is so crisp and there is so much to do outdoors. The UK in general is an amazing place to explore and it's a shame the bulk of tourists only head to London when there's a plethora of things to do in the North. From North Yorkshire it's 4 hours to Edinburgh, there's national parks in every direction and if you do fancy a trip to the South, Brighton's 5 hours away. There's plenty to do and explore and the bulk can be done in an easy day trip saving you money on B&Bs.
Read travel books, blogs and magazines and research your next trip.
Okay so this one *might* make your case of wanderlust a bit more serious but hey, if you have something to look forward to it will definitely ease your transition back into normality. Get some inspiration from magaines like Lonely Planet Traveller and Wanderlust: maybe even create a moodboard of things you want to do and see. Read blogs to get a real in depth feel for a place and read books to transport you away until you get chance to go yourself.
See your friends and family.
The main reason I didn't do my farm work (apart from being physically and mentally unable too) was because I missed my family. Seeing your family and friends remind you why you came home and what makes where you are from so great.
Throw yourself into a hobby.
Learn a language, play an instrument, do something creative, it's up to you. Personally I'm an avid film watcher, enjoy doodling and going out and exploring (This isn't a Tinder profile I swear) and these hobbies keep me busy. Sure sometimes I watch a film set somewhere incredible and it sends me in a whirl about going to that particular place right at that very minute but hey, it's a nice distraction.
And if all else fails, book a cheap weekend away!
Yep if you can't quite beat the post travel blues, book yourself a weekend away. EasyJet and RyanAir offer cheap flights to Europe and you can find fairly cheap accomodation on Air B&B. Do you really need a fancy airline for a two hour flight? Nope. A quick weekend away is bound to beat the blues and add another fun filled trip to your memory bank.
Do any of you guys have other ways to beat the blues? If so please let me know!