The study, by leading global travel search engine, Skyscanner Australia, found that one in five (21%) Australian travellers admitted to experiencing “post-holiday blues,” and over 40% of them are using the thought of their next holiday to combat the negative feeling. While one in ten (12%) indulged in guilty pleasures including eating, drinking and retail therapy as a distraction, 20% of respondents chose to distract themselves with work instead.
Of those who experienced negative emotions following a holiday, almost two-thirds (62%) said they were “sad or upset” to return to everyday life. While holidays are meant to help us feel relaxed and refreshed, another 16% said they were “restless” after their time off, while and 13% reported to still feeling “tired”.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom as 47% of Australians felt the positive effects of their holiday, claiming that they were “rejuvenated” (25%), “happy” (28%) and “grateful or blessed” (36%) to have a break. 44% of the happy-holiday returners also planned another holiday in hopes of extending the post-holiday good vibes.
For those who would like to get over the blues by planning their next trip away, check out Skycanner’s pick of the best value destinations for May 2017 and other cheap holiday destinations to enjoy in 2017.