How to Beat Post-Vacation Blues

The Post-Vacation Blues. They are brutal. You enjoyed yourself on your vacation, probably had nice weather, and then the harsh reality of returning to the grind of work can be utterly depressing.

Some ways to beat the blues:

1. Relive the trip through photographs.

I absolutely love taking pictures. I wish I could take a photography class and really learn how to use a fancy camera.

One of the best parts about a vacation is reliving the experience through the photos. I ordered a bunch of prints from and when they arrived I happily organized them in a photo album and also hung a few photos in my cubicle at work.

There’s nothing better on a long, rainy workday than staring at photos of my sunny vacation. šŸ˜‰

2. Eat food that reminds you of your trip.

After eating some Southwestern and BBQ food in Tucson, I was determined to try a few recipes that reminded me of it.

I found a few recipes I want to try:

Yum! My mouth is watering at all these recipes. Plus if you’re like me, you probably eat out more on vacation. And it’s food that’s not normally in my diet. So it’s a nice thing to eat familiar, comfort foods are home. Especially if on vacation I wasn’t eat much in the way of veggies…(And no French Fries don’t count!).

3. Start planning your next trip!

Michael and I have a few vacations planned for 2011. The next trip we’re hoping to do is Vegas. It’s been way too long since we’ve played in that playground.

The second trip is this fall: Texas! I’ve never been to Texas (or the South really). I’m looking forward to another adventure.

4. Start a new project!

After reading Julie & Julia on my trip to Tucson I decided that I wanted to try a cooking experiment: French cooking. But since I’m trying to keep those pounds off, I’m determined to figure out “lighter” ways to recreate Julia Child’s recipes. We shall see how I fare.

I’ve picked up some cookbooks by Julia Child from the library and in the next few weeks I will be seeing how I can monkey with them to make them lower in calories. I’m really excited about this!


5. Take a Mini Break

After I got back from Arizona, the one thing I really wanted to do was visit the beach.

It had been awhile since I made a day trip to the Oregon Coast and I after spending a week in the desert the pull to the Coast was even stronger!

Michael and I also booked a one night getaway in a few weeks for Hood River. It will coincide with us picking up our case of wine from Quenett.

6. Continue Regular Fitness and Food Habits

Getting back on track with normal food, routine workouts are important too. It’s nice to take a break from the routine on vacation but it’s crucial not to completely abandon the healthy ways I established before the vacation.


It was a pretty seamless transition for me after vacation. I took one day off and then started back with my workouts. It really helped stave off the blues.


QUESTION: How do you keep the post-vacation blues from plaguing you?

Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

10 thoughts on “How to Beat Post-Vacation Blues”

  1. If you are trying to lighten up Julia, then you won’t want to try Pate de Canard en Croute (boned duck stuffed with pate and wrapped in pastry)! Someone actually made it for my book club last summer. About a million calories, but amazing!

  2. I’m really excited that you are coming to Texas! What part? Be prepared to never want to leave! Of course, I may be partial šŸ™‚ If you give me an idea of where you are going to be and for how long, I may have some suggestions on some outdoor adventures for ya’ll!

    1. My cousin is getting married in Waco somewhere in October. We’ll be staying at the resort with the whole family doing family stuff. But at some point we’re also going to be visiting Michael’s dad. He lives Dallas. We’ll also check out Austin. I’d love suggestions for things to check out!

      1. Well, if you are going to Austin there is TONS of stuff to check out. Very hip, hippy-ish kinda town. Aside from the normal tourist things to do there I would suggest checking out Barton Springs. It is a spring fed pool with an average temp of 68 degrees year round. October in Texas can run the scope of being hot to fairly warm. If it gets cold here in October it is the end of the month, even then cold means 50-60 degree weather.
        The other place I really think you guys would like is Enchanted Rock.
        I don’t know if you would be able to fit it in, or if it would be too far off the beaten path for you guys. But with your love of hiking and exploring I highly recommend at least researching it. Plus if you visit Enchanted Rock you are not too far from Fredericksburg. Fredericksburg was settled by German imagrants and the food and shopping there is amazing.
        Now for Dallas. Must MUST visit Deep Ellum. Yes, it is the club/party district. However if you love live music there is a little dive there called Trees. The often have big name bands play there. If you happen to miss one of the more well known bands, don’t fret, the cover bands they have are amazing.
        Those are the big suggestions for the I-35 corridor. If you guys decide to branch out to west Texas, where I live, I have more suggestions!

  3. I definitely had the blues after I got back from Vegas at the beginning of this month. I coped with looking at those pictures almost everyday for a week! I had such a good time on the trip- and we’re already scheming our next “staycation”…

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