Post Holiday Gloom

It’s odd, coming back from holiday. We had a week away and returned on Saturday and each of us had slightly different responses to being back.

The initial relief is when I turn the corner into my street and see that the house is, in fact, still there. No natural disaster / fire / flood / Godzilla attack has destroyed my abode. This is a good thing. Plus, it’s signifying the end of the journey too.

We had a two hour car journey with four kids in the car. The elder two pretty much kept themselves to themselves, but the younger ones were pretty high maintenance throughout. Sometimes, a two hour journey feels like it takes a good 36 hours to complete.

But we’re home, and the home is still there and in one piece.

Cat Feeder

Post Holiday GloomSo now there is the anxiety about the cat. I have sweats worrying about the cat feeding breaking down and returning to find an angry and starving cat. Luckily, she was fine. In fact, she appeared to have put on a fair bit of weight. She wasn’t happy though. She yelled at us for a good while, angry that we went on holiday without her. The irony of this worry is that the cat doesn’t even like me.

Then there’s the weirdness of having to deal with adjusting to being back in your own house. It’s weird to feel weird at being back home. This is where you live, but you have to readjust to it.

Practically, there’s the laundry too. Suitcases full of dirty clothes ensure that the post-holiday comedown arrives with a vengeance. Domestically, you also have to sift through mail, get the shopping sorted and all at a time when you’re likely shattered from the journey home. And they say that holidays are relaxing.

Post holiday gloom

Plus there’s the plain fact that you’re not on holiday any more. Post holiday gloom. It’s done and dusted and you’re back to ‘normality’, whatever that is. You swiftly shift into holiday time when you’re away. Nights become later, lie-ins become the norm. You’re running at your own pace and generally having an awesome time. Then it’s over.

We haven’t even covered the return to work yet. The struggle of the first morning back is something I had to deal with today. It wasn’t a pleasant sight. It’s of course traditional that you go in later on your first day back, and leave early too. It’s just the done thing. It’s acceptable because we all know the feeling, and we know how much it sucks.

And then you return to routine and it feels like you’ve never been away. Sigh. Next holiday begins at the end of June. Can’t wait.


  1. 12 April 2016

    It’s always a come down when you get back from holiday. We don’t even have the excitement of waiting for the photos to be developed anymore (yep, I’m that old). Still, it’s nice to be back in your own bed. Hope you had a good time.

  2. 12 April 2016

    I’ve never thought of a cat-feeder! Oh must purchase one, especially since we do take lots of road-trips too, especially to see my in-laws up in Beds. Doc goes to a kennel, but it would be great (money–wise) if Boots could just stay at home with a cat-feeder. Does it work well?

  3. Rosemary Szuster
    12 April 2016

    Glad to hear all was ok when you got back. Only 2 months till the next trip!

  4. Joanna
    12 April 2016

    It’s always strange coming home after u have been away even for a few days. Even so it’s nice to be able to sleep in ur own bed.

  5. 12 April 2016

    My cat never speaks to me when we get back from holiday and I hate the washing too, although due to my car issues we missed our holiday at Easter and the only worse thing than unpacking and washing all the dirty washing is unpacking the suitcases of clothes that were not used ????

  6. 12 April 2016

    It is always the way and with kids sometimes holidays do not even feel like holidays.

  7. 12 April 2016

    I am one of those people who loves coming home, no matter how long ive been away, I just yearn for my bed and my things.

  8. Kerry Norris
    13 April 2016

    I am suffering from major post holiday gloom. We have a little break away in a few weeks though x

  9. Fi Ni Neachtain
    14 April 2016

    Post holiday gloom is horrible, I hate flying back to Ireland and being surrounded by masses of grey clouds… and then the unpacking – that’s the worst!

  10. Tracy Kenny
    14 April 2016

    In a week you’ll never know that you went…I’m very interested in the cat feeder…..please tell us more x

  11. I know the feeling of relief that the house is still there. I always check the freezer, just in case we had a power cut and everything defrosted and then refroze!

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