Plan you way out of post vacation blues!

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You just returned home from a great trip and a heaviness, a dread, a sadness pervades.  Other symptoms include lethargy, lack of motivation, feelings of nostalgia.  Have you ever felt these?  The months ahead look bleak as you start returning to your normal routine.

This isn’t unusual and it is documented as a form of depression called post-travel depression.  Should these feelings last longer than a week or two, consult a professional.

In the short term there are things you can do to feel better.

  • First, deal with the chores that come with returning home as soon as possible. Unpack, do the laundry, go thru the mail, mow the lawn.  Getting them done will help you overcome the dread of having to do them.  Sounds easy, but getting yourself to do them can be a chore in itself.
  • Do something special. Go out for breakfast, have dinner with friends, go to a movie.  Little treats remind us that there are special things that happen in normal life too.
  • Get up, take a shower and get moving the first morning back. Just taking action and getting back to routine can help you move forward transitioning back to normal.
  • Get up, take a shower and get moving the first morning back. Just taking action and getting back to routine can help you move forward transitioning back to normal.
  • Start a book or watch a movie that takes place in a desired destination or is about the destination.
  • My favorite way to deal with return from a trip – start planning your next trip. Planning a trip for many provides its own form of excitement by focusing on what you need to take to make the trip happen.  Knowing that trip is out there provides a positive energizing booster to counter those negative feelings.

Having a travel plan, similar to a retirement or financial plan, helps make putting a stake in the ground for your next trip easier (see my post about traveling planning).  In addition to the excitement of upcoming travel, the accomplishment of having your travel goals become a reality gives an additional boost.   Should a next destination/experience feel too far away, consider a shorter getaway in the meantime, but if you are working from a travel plan make sure to factor in the impact to your next goal.

Travel should be about happiness, before, during and after your trip.  Take the steps you need to ensure that exists for you.  Call us to put that stake in the ground for your next trip.  The excitement builds as you start planning and talking to others about your next trip.  Sure helps those get rid of those blues!

Pat Ogle-CollinsPlan you way out of post vacation blues!
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Money Doesn’t Grow On Trees, So Plan In Advance!

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One of the most frequent questions received concerns money/foreign currency while traveling.  It used to be that you headed to the bank and purchased travelers checks, remember those?  These are now not recommended.  Merchants and banks in many countries do not want to accept them.  For a good portion of the world, particularly if part of your time will be in city, information in this article will pertain. Third world countries and remote areas may differ.   I recommend checking 6-8 weeks prior to departure for all destinations as situations can change.

For large sums, credit cards provide the best payment method.  In many countries, the card will never leave your sight, even in restaurants.  Even better, pay for higher priced arrangements, including hotel, rental car, rail, sightseeing and activities in advance so you have the peace of mind knowing that much of your trip is paid before you depart.  For small purchases, check to see if there is a difference in price or surcharge when using a credit card.  Remember, not all shops, restaurant, taxis, etc. will accept a credit card so always have currency on hand.

For local currency, I recommend obtaining approx. 1-2 days spending needs prior to your departure.  Most regional and nationwide banks can supply most currencies with notice of several days.  Some banks, like Bank of America, allow you to order foreign currencies thru your online account.  The currency is then sent to a local branch or directly to your home.  This can help you avoid high exchange fees found at airports in many countries and eliminate the need to stop to exchange money after a long flight.

ATMs are my recommended source for local currency during your trip.   Your ATM card will have symbols for their affiliated ATM networks on the card, including Cirrus, Maestro, Visa, Mastercard, Star and others.  As long as one of the symbols on your card is also on the ATM, your card will be accepted using your regular pin.

Know your daily withdrawal limit and plan accordingly, particularly if onward travel will take you to areas where ATMs may not be readily available. Keep in mind that if you have prepaid travel arrangements like hotel, rail, meals, etc., your spending will be much less.

Finally, become familiar with the exchange rate(s) for the destinations to which you will be traveling prior to your trip.  Devise ways that work for you to help you to be able to quickly convert from the local currency to dollars.  There is nothing worse than figuring out you paid too much for an item.

Having a strategy and plan before you depart is one more way to increase the enjoyment of your trip and may save you some money that you can use for one more little splurge before you return home.

My job is to ensure you have a wonderful trip. Call me so I can make your next trip easy and memorable!

Pat Ogle-CollinsMoney Doesn’t Grow On Trees, So Plan In Advance!
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