Travel is Fun and (Sometimes) Stressful
This summer I’ve had the luxury of traveling a lot. I’ve been to Hermann, MO on a wine trail, Savannah, GA to experience history, Charleston, SC for food, and Asheville, NC for beer. Not to mention, five trips to Chicago within a month! In two weeks, we’ll be headed on a weeklong trip to St. Petersburg, FL. So, this means that I’ve been pretty much living out of my suitcase for the past two months.
Travel can been fun yet stressful. There is a lot of planning that goes into any trip, whether it be for a weekend or two weeks. The fun part is traveling, of course, but stress can sometimes get in the way if I also feel like I have a million things to do at home.
That’s why I’m writing this post today! I’ve learned a lot this summer about being prepared for travel so I can be as relaxed as possible and actually enjoy the journey. I’m going to cover the things that I do around the house before and after travel to make it feel as if I haven’t been gone at all. Keep reading for the tips!
One thing that I’ve been doing since beginning my blog is setting up Vacation Responder emails for when I’ll be gone. When I go on vacations I want it to really be a vacation- so I don’t want to be answering emails on the beach. If you have gmail then it is extremely easy to set up an automated email for when you’ll be gone through gmail’s settings. It’s more professional to let people know that you are out of the office than just ghosting them for a week. Be sure to include that you will get back to them by a certain date!
Don’t pay for more energy than you are using! Especially in the summer, I try not to forget to turn the temperature up before traveling. I don’t turn it all the way off, because it can actually use more energy to cool my home again when I come back, but I don’t need to be blasting the AC if I’m not there. I always turn the AC to 5-10 degrees cooler to make sure my power bill won’t be super high. Just like you wouldn’t leave your TV on for a vacation, make sure other appliances are adjusted to an energy-saving setting.
Before I travel I always clean up our apartment. I vacuum, do the dishes, and make sure all of the laundry is caught up. This is extremely helpful because I know I won’t come home to a dirty house after traveling. I definitely don’t need to add one more thing to do to-do list when I get home! The very last thing that I do before leaving is to make sure all of the trash around the house is taken out. Knowing I have a clean place to come home to really does give me peace of mind!
Unpack Right Away
This step has become so important for me. If I don’t unpack right away, I feel like I can’t get anything done. As soon as I get my bags in the door, I unpack. I put all of my toiletries away, throw clothes in the wash, and put my suitcase back in the closet. It’s the fresh start that’s needed after traveling! I use to frequently make the mistake of waiting a day (or a week) to finally unpack and it just made getting ready so much harder. Half of my stuff wasn’t where it needed to be! Now life goes much more smoothly right after travel because things are back to normal.
This is by far the hardest thing to do. I don’t know about you, but I’m always exhausted after any amount of travel. However, if I take a pre-workout supplement to boost my energy and just push myself to get a workout done, it’s almost like a reset button! I feel like I have more energy and then it’s usually easier for me to get back on my normal eating schedule. When I travel I love to enjoy the food and beer too, so a workout helps set me back on track.
After unpacking and working out, groceries are always next on the list. The last thing I want to do after traveling is eat out some more. I’ll quickly scan the pantry and fridge for things we need and then head out shopping. I always start with easy-to-prepare healthy foods like a carrots and hummus for snacks or healthy cereal for breakfast. The key here is not over-doing it. I don’t want to be too overwhelmed with things I need to cook and eat right away. So, I usually just shop for enough to get me through a couple of days. I’ll feel like I have more time to cook and meal prep later.
What do you do before and after travel? Do you have any tips to make the before and after easier? I would love to have some new things to try before our Florida trip in two weeks! Let me know below!