Travelling is fun, but it’s often looked at as a series of to-do lists that become more and more complicated as you go along. You have the pre-trip planning, as in, booking the actual flight, the hotel, the car and insurance. You also have to plan your itinerary for the trip and select the activities that you want to take part in for the trip itself. It’s a lot of list-writing and planning, and you spend months excited about a trip – but what comes next?
Most of the time, we want to slump on the couch and recover. Jet lag, the sheer period of being busy during a holiday and even the idea of leaping back into daily life like the holiday of a lifetime never happened – it’s all rather depressing! There are things to do, so to prevent the slump, let’s look at what you can get done right now.
- Returning your currency and checking out https://budgetboost.co/where-to-sell-my-gift-cards-for-cash/ to sell your unwanted travel gift cards is a good place to start. You need to get your money into a currency you can use again, and it’s a good place to begin when you are settling back to normal.
- Check your bank and credit card statements to ensure that there hasn’t been any incidents of identity theft while you’ve been away. It’s becoming more prevalent for travellers, so look it over quickly.
- Switch your phone back to local service just so that you aren’t considered as international anymore. You may also have to pay for it to be switched to international, so it’s best to swap back as early as you can.
- Checking your email while you’re away? A big no-no, but that likely means a huge build up right now in your inbox. Check your email and deal with spam and any important ones. Also, make sure that you turn off your out of office emails and restart any subscriptions that you had cancelled for the month.
- Get some sleep! Crossing time zones is stressful and it’s not that uncommon to have a lowered immune system after travelling. Drink lots of water, get yourself back into your time zone and get some rest!
- Starting to plan the next trip is the next thing to do after you return from your break. It doesn’t take long to return to normal after a holiday, and you could end up feeling pretty out of sorts. To combat the post-holiday blues, you need to start planning another trip in a destination that you’ve always wanted to visit. It’s never too early to start daydreaming about your next journey, and you have the time to do the research now for your break later in the year.
Travelling is good for the soul, but it’s also good for you to make sure you plan for after your trip has finished. Lists aren’t just for the lead up to your holiday – they’re for afterwards and beyond, too.
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