AAA’s Four-Step Cure for Post-Vacation Blues

Phoenix, Sept. 12, 2013. With the summer travel season over, people may be feeling a little blue with no vacations on the horizon.

“You spend so much time planning and anticipating a vacation, it’s common to feel a little blue after all of the excitement of a big trip is over,” said Amy Moreno, senior travel manager for AAA Arizona. “However, there are a few things you can do before you leave and after you return to help ease back into reality.”

As the largest leisure travel agency in North America, AAA recommends doing the following to help cure the post- summertime blues:

1. Come home to a clean house. Unpacking is a big enough task as it is. Before you leave, tidy the house or enlist the help of a cleaning service.  This way, you won’t have much else to do but put things away and do laundry when you get home.

2. Have something to look forward to. Shifting from vacation mode back to the grind is a rough transition. To make this adjustment a little smoother, plan something fun to do shortly after returning home. Whether it’s something as small as going to a movie or perhaps a day trip somewhere close, having something to be excited about will alleviate post-summertime sadness.

3. Print and organize photos. Whichever method you use to store your photos, do so shortly after your return. This will not only help you re-live the memories, but the memories will still be fresh so you can label photos to remember and record all of the important details.  

4. Start planning the next vacation. Think about what you loved about your trip, what you’d like to do again and what you’d like to do differently. Start planning that “next time” on your way home from you current trip or shortly after. Keep a list or a Pinterest board of things you’d like to do and places you’d like to visit as you see them. Also keep tabs on travel promotions with travel news sites and newsletters so you’re first to know about deals to your dream destinations. AAA’s e-Traveler, Highroads online and Highroads Facebook page are a great way to stay in the know.

“Keeping a running list of things you’d love to do on your next trip will keep that anticipation of your next vacation going,” Moreno said. “It will also make it that much easier when you and your travel agent start finalizing plans.”

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AAA Arizona, the Arizona affiliate of AAA, provides automotive, insurance and travel services to more than 840,000 Arizona members. Annually, AAA’s Roadside Assistance responds to more than 450,000 calls for help on Arizona roadways. The auto club also provides discounts and financial services to AAA members. Since its founding in 1927, AAA Arizona has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.