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A Case of the Post-Vacation Blues

July 28, 2017

I’ve been home in Denmark for almost two weeks now and truth be told, I’ve already browsed all my apps to see if any airline happens to have cheap flights to Southern Europe in August. I am fairly certain that I will indeed implode if I wake up to one more day of gray clouds and rain. While Scandinavian summers aren’t exactly known to be sunny and exceed temperatures of 24 degrees C, this summer has been the worst by far. I think I remember a few days of sunshine in June, but that’s about it. Summer has been canceled and the Danes are going crazy. So much so that Copenhagen is completely empty, aside from the tourists who apparently hate the sun and decided to come here instead. Everyone has escaped to a country far, far away to just get a glimpse of the sun – even if it’s just for a week. And I don’t blame them.

Coming home after 2 weeks of constant sunshine in Sardinia to THIS has been… tough. I feel really bothered by it. Summer and the sunshine are so essential to my well-being that I’m flat out scared that I’ll have a winter depression by September if nothing changes. I want it to be sunny when I go to work and sunny when I come home. I want to go and work out and then go down to our backyard and grill some veggie burgers, drink a glass of rosé, and play cards until bedtime. I want to spend the weekends by the Danish beaches, reading a good book while eating sweet, Danish strawberries. I want to wear sunglasses and shorts and flip-flops, and put sun lotion on before going out. I want my freckles, which only come out when it’s sunny, back. I want to invite our friends out to picnics and play a game of Swedish Kubb in a park. Basically: I want summer but summer decided it would rather not visit Denmark this year.

So in short, since I came home I’ve been having a bad case of the post-vacation blues and I don’t know how to cure it. Watching Netflix, as many people suggest, doesn’t work as I’m a firm believer that Netflix is for all the other 10 months of winter we have in this country. So what does one do to cure the post-holiday blues? If you have any suggestions, please do tell in the comments below!


I would rather be here… (picture from last year in Hvar).



Top photo by user smartfat used under creative commons license CC BY-NC 2.0


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  • Reply Sara White July 29, 2017 at 08:22

    Ugh, that used to be exactly how I felt every summer when I was living in Victoria, Canada, where I found myself wearing jeans and sweaters straight through summer and still bringing an umbrella with me everywhere. This probably isn’t the most practical way to escape vacation blues… But I actually ended up moving to Rome, where summer is absolutely guaranteed. Oddly enough though, I’m now trying desperately to escape summer in Rome (it’s supposed to be 41 degrees next week, with humidity, which is basically torture) and am dreaming of cool, rainy places where I don’t start to sweat first thing in the morning… Funny how perspectives change, right?

    • Reply Anja July 31, 2017 at 09:19

      Oh believe me, I am so contemplating moving to something sunnier! (I even did ten years ago but came back). I love the closeness to friends, family, my job etc.- it’s just the stupid weather that bothers me here 🙂 But I completely get what you’re saying, it seems you always want what you can’t have 😛

  • Reply Meg July 29, 2017 at 08:27

    This is so tough to read! I feel your pain as I recently returned home to the UK after travelling and the summer has only been so-so… although what did I expect?! I guess my tips to avoid the post travel blues areto focus on a project to take your mind off things, be it blogging, or learning a new skill; surround yourself with friends and plan fun weekends with them; read lots of inspiring stories about other amazing travellers; and of course, dream about the next trip! Good luck – and I hope summer appears!

    • Reply Anja July 31, 2017 at 09:20

      Yes! This is such a good suggestion. I do think I will take a writing course or something that I’ve been wanting to do for long.

  • Reply Eva July 29, 2017 at 09:19

    Don’t worry, you are not alone in this – summer never arrived in Sweden either. My parents are now visiting me and were all excited about blueberry picking (I’m an expat living in Sweden and my parents visit this time of the year). There are no blueberries around! Last year the bushes were already flourishing. This year everything is late. Spring came so late. Where is the summer? Coming from Italy my parents are appreciating the cool days and nights, but I wish there were less clouds in the sky to be able to properly take advantage of those glorious 20-hour-long summer days! Sigh, at least I ope for a decent winter, then…

    • Reply Anja July 31, 2017 at 09:21

      So interesting – I am from Sweden, so I know it all too well 😛 Seems that Scandinavia is just a late bloomer – maybe we’ll get our summer in October or something? There’s hope! 😀

  • Reply Jessica July 29, 2017 at 09:43

    Ohh mannn I know this allll too well… I am from Belgium, almost the same situation. I always get a winter depressions and post holiday dip… I love netflix, I also like to game… I think best way to cope with it is: find a hobby you like ( gaming, netflix bingewatching, cooking, painting or drawing.etc…) AND start planning for other holidays!! Hahaha

    • Reply Anja July 31, 2017 at 09:22

      Great point, I could take this time to properly chill, relax and do what I love. Am already planning my next trip, which always beats the blues a bit. Thanks for the suggestions!

  • Reply Julie August 2, 2017 at 13:37

    Hi Anja! I live in Scotland and visiting my native Denmark this summer I’ve noticed how the summer is disappointing everyone, but I’m so enjoying that I can wear sandals instead of closed shoes, short sleeves instead of a sweater or jacket. I do remember summers in DK being miserable but comparing it to the Scottish one it doesn’t seem so bad! I visited a friends who insisted we go for a dip in the sea even though it was drizzling a little and it felt very adventurous even if not my usual idea of the beach!
    I suppose finding what feelings those summers give you and try to find something else that can make you feel a little bit of the same. The suggestions of learning something new/focusing on a hobby I think sound good.
    And it’s ok to feel disappointed. The lack of summer is nobody’s fault!

    • Reply Anja August 3, 2017 at 10:28

      Mange tak Julie 🙂 I can imagine that the Scottish summers are what we’d consider fall and I completely get what you’re saying. I guess it’s all about enjoying the small things, right? At least we don’t have to wear jackets, and there are some sunny hours here and there. But I guess because last summer was so much better and we’ve all been longing for those sweet Danish summers that this summer just disappoints because of the expectations.

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