After a blissful week lakeside in Montana, we’re back from vacation. Like many folks, when we returned home, we felt the dread of certain aspects of our daily life starting to creep in. The first day, of course, is always the most difficult one, but gradually throughout the week we started to sink back into the routine of our days.
This latest vacation, though, was so overwhelmingly serene — we enjoyed Flathead Lake during the day (paddle boarding, kayaking and jet skiing) and long dinners with great company in the evening. When I was back home, I started to think about how I could incorporate a vacation mindset into my daily life and let that vacation bliss linger a little longer.
For me, a big part of what I love about vacation is being in unfamiliar territory and exploring a new and unknown place (and of course not having to worry about work!). Vacation allows us to revitalize our senses and see our familiar surroundings from a new angle, [but perhaps there are still] so I wondered whether there might be ways to incorporate a vacation-mindset into our daily life. Here are some ideas that I came up with:
Plan Another Vacation
This might seem like a a distraction, but I’ve found it’s quite helpful to have another mini vacation on the horizon. During our trip we spent a week surrounded by serene nature, and I yearned to plan another vacation where we could yet again envelop ourselves in natural beauty. Thankfully, about a month after we returned there was an event we wanted to attend at Mammoth Lakes, a place I’ve yet to visit, and then with Labor Day weekend around the corner, I realized there was another opportunity for exploration, rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. Make sure to use all the holidays throughout the year to continue to explore and discover.
Discover Something New Where You Currently Live
There may be discoveries close to home. I feel lucky to live in San Francisco, where there are always a ton of interesting events happening and chic new restaurants opening up. Sometimes, I get rather stuck in my own routine, though, and don’t explore all that the city has to offer.
After coming back from vacation, I realized yet again how much there is to do and see in San Francisco. We’re fortunate to have wine country in such close proximity as well as the Russian River, and a little further south we can venture to beautiful Big Sur. So, if you ever feel post-vacation blues, simply go out and try something new in the city that you live in or discover the surrounding area.