Sep 11, 2012 1 Comment
Beat the back-to-reality blues by nurturing that feel good factor
- Wear eau de beach : ‘Our sense of smell taps straight into our brain’s memory centre, so a fragrance that became familiar while you were away will instantly transport you when you sniff it at home’. ‘Moisturising your skin with a holiday essential such as after-sun, will help keep it soft and smooth and remind you of your trip. If it has inbuilt fake tan, even better-it will extend your golden glow.’
- Cook like a local : ‘I travel with a little black book and always return with a handful of local recipes’. ‘Ask locals where the best places to eat are, and you’ll be inspired to recreate new ideas and flavours at home.’
- Get arty : ‘Turn your holiday snaps into works of art such as canvas prints, a lovely reminder of your time away’. ‘An extra-large unframed canvas will add impact in a spacious room, while a group of small, framed prints would work beautifully hung above a bed or chest of drawers.’ Companies such as Photo Canvas Printing offer varying sizes of canvases. You can even spilt one image across three canvases – prefect for landscape shots.
- Plan a party : ‘Before you go away, set a date to meet up with friends for a post-holiday party’. ‘Agree to all bring your holiday photos, and any souvenirs you picked up, too. Classic summer drinks such as sangria and pina coladas always add to the fun, as you share stories, and perhaps find inspiration for your next trip.’
- Stay active : We try new things and socialise on holiday, but don’t make this last at home. ‘Nurture the attitude you adopt on holiday. Think about what you enjoyed; if you loved the pool, track down a nearby outdoor pool. If it was walks on the beach, buy a book of local walks to inspire you at weekends. Even sign up for a language course, or try a wine-tasting courses that focuses on the region you visited.’
- Plan another trip! : ‘I always advise clients to get planning again, even if they’ve just got back from their holiday. ‘It gives you something to look forward to. Talk to those in the know, dig out a map and pinpoint your must-see destinations. Make the most of having the time to decide what you want out of your next escape.’