Video collection | Post-holiday reactions

We’re all familiar with those back-to-work, post-holiday syndrome, and they make you sick and annoyed. This post is a collection of people’s reaction when holiday is over. Some of them are really funny and you’ll feel like they are describing your feelings. So let’s watch it!

Post-holiday complaint after Christmas  

“Depression kicks in.”

Promotion ad from Ritual’s cosmetic

Though I don’t want to keep that post-holiday feelings, it’s an interesting way for promotion and attraction.

Episode 1: Urban Scuba Diving

Episode 2: Amsterdam Beach

Post-trip Depression

Diagnosed symptoms:

  • I don’t wanna go home. I don’t wanna end my trip. BUT you have to.
  • Feeling tired, don’t want to move.
  • Ignoring your suitcase, don’t want to pack up.
  • Reminiscing the highlight during holiday.
  • Longing to be back on holiday.
  • I’m feeling SO BLUE.

Tips sharing

It’s a bit long video since the blogger was talking about her story, her personal experience during the holiday. But the tips are pretty useful and here’s the summarized doc point:

  • Do some cleaning, open up a new beginning.
  • Throw a party, get something to look forward to.
  • Re-sensitizing yourself and home, bring back good feelings.
  • Prepare for next holiday.

Jie. X.


Experience | How scheduling has relieved my post-holiday symptoms

I still remember my father always asked me to make plans for summer/winter holiday when I was young. Probably you may have heard many times why you should do that, how important to make schedules, but you don’t really believe or to say it doesn’t work that effectively as you thought.


I planned a 4-days trip to Gold Coast and Brisbane at early mid break. It sounds a bit crazy to do this at my busiest period. I’m super busy with studies and assignments in my final semester at uni these days. I’ve got tests to prepare and several projects and group works due right after the holiday. But I do want to give myself some break, and I’ve planned that trip since last semester.

I know I must do the schedule and stick to it; otherwise I will get much stressed and feel clueless when I’m back. Although it wasn’t a long journey, I still hit by post-trip feelings. Good thing is that constrain on schedule helps me figure out what should I do, which work should I start with.


  • Sep 25  SYD to Gold Coast
  • Sep 26  Gold Coast
  • Sep 27  Brisbane & Gold Coast
  • Sep 28  Gold Coast to SYD
  • Sep 29  GENS9005 group meeting
  • Sep 30  GENS9005 script; shopping
  • Oct 1     MDIA3004 trailer editing
  • Oct 2     MDIA3004 presentation shooting/editing
  • Oct 3     MDIA3004 presentation shooting/editing
  • Oct 4     MDIA3004 presentation finish editing
  • Oct 5     MDIA3005 test preparation, blog

So this was how my schedule looks like. Not much in details but with all works that I need to do on it. I gave myself four days at early break to enjoy the holiday; then one to two days to adjust the post-trip blue and get ready to work in later break. That gives me enough time and steps to adjust from holiday mode to normal routine.

If you are not living with the habit of making schedule, I encourage you make some plans for your holiday, including trips and post-trip. You can divide it into periods and give yourself some time for adjustment instead of having it in one go. That really helps to relieve from post-holiday syndrome!

Jie. X.

Experience | Does trip worsen post-holiday syndrome?

Travel is always one of the top three choices for holiday plan. It’s time to give yourself some reward for hardworking days, and push you into the space you haven’t known much about it before. It should be fun and excited except some unpleasurable moments might occur accidentally. However, you will notice that the hardest moment during journey is returning home. The adjustment of back to normality is so difficult, maybe you feel like suffer more from post-holiday syndrome.


Balcony view from Crown Plaza, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast.  Photo by me

I was chatting with my sister in early afternoon about her trip to Maldives last week. She had a fabulous travel and much enjoyable time. It was a New Year plan and she finally made it come true. I can see her happiness from all her posts during the journey, and I know she is going through the tough time after vacation right now. The first few days in journey are full of excitement and new experience. You met with new people, tasted and smelled food you can’t identify. You might see the views from internet or photograph before, but now they are presenting in front of your eyes, and you are able to capture this moment on your own. As time pasts and you know it’s time to end up the trip, but definitely don’t want to leave and back to normal life. Gradually, you will find tiredness coming from all directions, and getting a little nostalgic when you return home.

Screenshot of my friend's status

Screenshot of my friend’s holiday status

My sister said she started work at night when was back. That is so crazy! She doesn’t even give herself a break to adjust tiredness and routine, but jumps into two extremely different life modes. She still dreamed the beach and sea at nights. She’s trying to quickly adjust to normality but still find quite hard.

If you are planning trips for holiday, I suggest you make it at early beginning in order to give yourself some time to adjust your normal routine after trip. Because you would possibly experience double post-holiday blues from trip and post-trip.

Jie. X.