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January at the Boardwalk Resort, Walt Disney World, Florida

I talk a lot about planning and preparing for vacation, but what about the moment you board the plane or get in the car to go home? The days just after vacation, when you have to try and get back into the routines that make up real life? I’ve been fighting off the post-vacation blues since we got home from the Walt Disney World Resort in January, so I thought I’d share some of my tips.

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February in Illinois – WHY did I agree to come home??

3 Tips for Beating Post-Vacation Blues

So how do you get over the post-vacation blues, without swearing off vacations forever? Here are my top 3 tips:

Start Planning Your Next Vacation

WDW Entrance Sign

Seems so far away now!

It’s never too early to start dreaming of your next vacation! If your family is like mine, a week at the Walt Disney World Resort isn’t an annual thing, but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with the dreaded “stay-cation.” I’m pretty sure that’s the most depressing idea anyone has ever come up with!

We try to take a weekend trip at least once a month. Usually that means going up to Chicago to the Museum Campus or 6 Flags Great America, then out to the suburbs to visit family. That’s ok though – vacation is about getting out of the normal routine and doing something fun together.

Relive the Memories

At last count, we took several thousand photos on our trip to Walt Disney World. We also bought the PhotoPass+ package, which added about 200 PhotoPass pictures to our stash. Those photos are my favorite souvenirs, because they let me relive those moments.

Just another crazy moment - who gave my kids drums??

Just another crazy moment – who gave my kids drums??

Over the next few months, I’ll create a memory book with some of my favorite photos and the stories that go along with them.

If you’re a scrapbooker, you already know about the tons of travel-themed pages available to you. I’m playing with two digital options:

  • Disney Story iPhone app – lets you create storyboard movies with music and captions.
  • iBooks Author – a Mac app that lets you create enhanced eBooks with photos, video, and audio tracks.

I’ll share the results when they’re finished!

Bring Your Vacation Home

For me, vacation isn’t necessarily about the place. It’s a state of mind. It’s being able to let go of all the irritating little details of life and just enjoy time with family and friends. I like the person I am when I’m on vacation – I’m the best version of myself. Of course, being in a place where you’re surrounded by people who go out of their way to make everything wonderful certainly helps! Bringing a little bit of that magic home, making it a part of everyday life, helps keep the connection to Vacation-Me alive and well.

The Blogger at Work

The Blogger at Work

I like souvenirs that I know I’ll enjoy when I get home, like my new favorite coffee mug. I use it when I need a reminder that life is good. But bringing vacation home is more than a themed coffee mug. It’s remembering to make time to do the things we do on vacation – relax, dream, just being our best selves. The dishes can wait for a few more minutes.

I told you mine – now it’s your turn!

What’s your favorite thing to bring home from vacation?