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it doesn’t matter what type of trip i’m coming home from (road, plane, work, fun) or the length but somehow i always come back from traveling feeling disconnected from my body. i think i’m more a creature of habit than i realize and when i leave town i am not good at maintaining my structure. i’ll skip workouts, eat differently, sleep differently, forget to drink water, drink more alcohol, etc and the whole combo of things leaves me feeling like a bit of a mess. i’ve realized this pattern by now and have some post travel rituals that i usually do as soon as i get home that help me feel back to normal quickly. i’d love to hear if you experience the same thing, i know people who absolutely love to travel and don’t share this same feeling at all but i’m sure there are plenty of people who feel thrown off, even from a long weekend trip (like me!). what sorts of rituals do you have? what makes you feel connected to your body or relaxed after you travel?

for me, i want my first meal back to be healthy and for some reason i always want either pho or a baked sweet potato, i dry brush and take a bath, drink tons of water, unpack almost immediately, and go to bed early. then the next morning, i drink hot water with lemon, honey and apple cider vinegar and move my body in some way, take a brisk walk, jog or pilates. oh, and i’ll lay off drinking for a few days because time away usually means one too many glasses of wine. that combo of things generally has me feeling back to normal in no time. i didn’t actual realize how intense i was about my post travel rituals until my husband pointed it out, he calls it the “joanie detox” which it basically is but i don’t like not feeling like myself so the rituals are important to me and my sanity! i’d love to hear your pre or post travel rituals that keep you feeling like you! – joanie


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    Nicki B. says:

    I totally understand how you feel. I coach gymnastics so when it’s competition season and I’m out of town every other weekend, my daily routine is turned upside down—I feel completely out of sorts! I’ll have to try out your tips. I find that unpacking immediately after getting back into town helps me mentally.

    bri says:

    yes, it’s so hard to motivate myself to unpack right away but it helps so much in settling back in!

    Stacy says:

    I’m definitely the same way, but I haven’t quite figured out how to kick the habit of behaving like a sloth for a week after travel (even a 2-day trip!) I’ve always been terrible about unpacking after a trip, and have made it a point to unpack the day I return after my past few trips. Definitely helps! The whole eating right thing? Still working on that 😉

    bri says:

    the eating part is hard! but i think the avoiding alcohol part is harder! pouring yourself a glass of wine sounds so nice after a long day of travel but i won’t end up sleeping as well that night if i do so it’s such a catch-22. i think tackling the unpacking part is a big step! so hard to look at a pile of crumbled, dirty clothes and feel motivated to handle it. Xx

    Lynne says:

    I think just eating out of the ordinary stuff and drinking throws me off. I just read an article in The Atlantic about how unhealthy diet is linked to depression so now it all makes sense.

    bri says:

    looking that article up now!

    Sara says:

    I am the same way! I benefit more from pre-trip preparation to make sure I come back feeling calm though. I make sure I am caught up on laundry, that the dishwasher was run and unloaded, the house was swept/mopped/vacuumed before leaving, and counters were cleared of any mail piles or accumulated junk. That way, the laundry from the suitcase isn’t as daunting and I don’t feel like I’m coming back to a checklist of things to do. I can literally walk in the door and relax. And I totally agree on eating healthy…I keep bags of prepped vegetables on hand for quick stirfries. I have found that fresh bell peppers freeze well! And since sweet potatoes and onions won’t go bad during a vacation away, I always have those on hand for when I get back. No grocery store run needed!

    bri says:

    you’ve got your travel routines down, girl! and i completely agree about leaving the house as clean as possible! coming home to dishes in the sink and an unmade bed is a serious bummer.

    Nikki says:

    What a great ritual, it must make it a little easier to come home to some self care!

    Jeri says:

    I totally know what you mean and definitely go overboard when I’m travelling, as if every trip (work or personal) is my chance to go wild! And then I come home feeling partially happy about breaking from my routine, and partially crappy from it as well! I have my own detox routine of going to a few exercise classes and eating better, and also just spending some time enjoying my home and my space!

    bri says:

    haha, yes! my chance to go wild is exactly the thought i have too.

    Marcella says:

    Ahhh I’m kind of dreading this even though I’m so excited for my upcoming trip to London/Paris! Just the thought of traveling for a conference for 3 days and then coming home and leaving the next day for Europe for 5 makes me feel nervous already for my skin to break out! I’m definitely going to try and workout at the conference at least, Paris might be another story 🙂 Definitely going to be all about that wine at a bistro table in the afternoon.

    bri says:

    ah, yes! quick turn arounds are stressful but honestly, there is something magically about Europe where the combo of all the walking on top of quality food doesn’t leaving you feeling awful. I did london and paris in the fall and came back with my clothes still fitting/not feeling totally out of sorts and we indulged in every way but did a ton of walking to balance it out. have the best time! Xx joanie

    Eva says:

    I also get into a post travel funk! Part of me feels like it’s just that I have less excitement when I get back, so I feel groggy and kind of used up. I usually get less sleep when traveling (waking up at sunrise for photos, eating late etc.) so I can be wiped out upon return. My tips are catching up on sleep, getting on a good schedule, exercising, tidying up as soon as you get back, eating well, and drinking tons of water. Within a few days I’m feeling back to normal!

    Eva |

    Gracie says:

    I know you pain. I always come back a different person, exhilarated but worn out at the same time. My first ritual is a good long sleep. Only after that comes the unpacking thing. Also, I have to do the washing immediately after everything is unpacked. Then I meet my friends (for I travel solo), take them the presents I’ve brought from my trip, share my adventures (being still there in my mind), and when I talk this through it gradually “brings” me back home, back to reality, so I finally realize or rather accept that fact—the trip is over, and I’m back to everyday life…

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