Post vacation blues is a real-life ailment. It is … Wikipedia says so. But they don’t have to keep you down. Here are five ways you can overcome post vacation blues after you have tasted a bit of the bel paese.
1. If a picture is worth a thousand words … how much is the whole album?
Some of my friends started a vacation tradition a few years ago and well, I’m gonna steal it. Hey. I’m also going to share it with you.
After they return home with the 1000+ pictures they took on vacation, then spend a few weeks going through them, select their favorites and create an album with their digital photos.
Shutterfly and Photoworks both make high-quality books that print your digital pictures directly onto the pages of your album. You can make notes, add captions and choose backgrounds that complement your Italian vacation.
2. Party like it is 1999 … in Italy
Make note of your favorite Italian dishes and search for recipes you can recreate at home. Once you have assembled your menu, invite your closest friends or family members to a Festa Italiana! You can show them your new album and share some of the limoncello you hauled back home … you know, if you wanted to.
3. Take your taste buds on vacation
You might be trying to lose those post-vacation kilos, but give your taste buds a break. They deserve it … going cold turkey is tough.
Head down to your favorite Italian bakery and treat yourself to homemade tiramisu, Italian gelato or fresh cannoli. If you really want to feel like you are in Italy, order a biscotto … and don’t call it “a biscaaati.”
4. Import Italy
Order a few of your favorite Italian items either from an online vendor or from your local Italian market or specialty store … and devour them as soon as they arrive! Sharing with your spouse is optional.
5. Feast for the Senses
I know some expats in Italy will beat me (50 lashes with an overcooked noodle) for recommending this, but watch your favorite set-in-Italy movie. Most vacationers like Under the Tuscan Sun (here comes the beating!) for the Italian romance and sensational scenery. Personally, I’d go with Benigni.
What other tips do you have for tackling those post vacation blues?
Until next time … Buon Viaggio!