It's 2:30 in the afternoon, but based on the darkness outside, it may as well be midnight. An Eeyore-like rain cloud has formed overhead, blocking out all traces of the sun, and will likely hang around for at least a few days. You see, this cloud and I are very well acquainted, but we are far from friends.
I'm battling a severe case of post-trip depression. My wife and I have just returned from a long awaited - and insanely great - trip through California, and today I sit on the couch with little desire to make a productive contribution to the world. Sure, post-trip depression may not be a recognized mental health disorder, but I assure you, it is very real.
PTD - yes, I just made up an acronym - has numerous symptoms which can include the following:
- Failure to unpack 2 weeks after returning home.
- Leaving the Out of Office response up on email.
- Saying "I hope they have smoked salmon on the buffet again tomorrow."
- Standing outside of home confused as to why there are no taxis.
- Reading reviews for restaurants in cities recently visited.
- Coming to bed and asking "Did you eat my chocolate mint?"
- Checking in at work on Facebook and wondering why no one is "jealous."
- Filling an empty bottle of shampoo from a hotel with Head & Shoulders.
- Picking up a cell phone and asking "Where is the guest services button?"
- Refusing to buy a gallon of milk because "We are only here a few days."
If you or a loved one suffer from PTD, there is help. While there is no known cure for PTD, there are ways to manage its symptoms. The most effective treatment involves booking another trip immediately upon returning home. Consult your travel bucket list to see what option is right for you.
Enjoy Your Stay