Have you heard of something called the “holiday hangover”?

Are holiday hangovers pretty much like Monday morning blues? Or worse?
I would say that they are much worse. Once you’re past the dreadful Monday, the blues fade away, and you count the days before the weekend starts. As far as holidays are concerned, you know that the duration between two holidays is much longer than just a week, and it makes you yearn for the next time you’re away from the laptop and the perpetual feeling of catching up. In fact, the only time I welcome a Monday with open arms is when I am at one of my favorite reserve forests – though it doesn’t really matter what day of the week it is, in a forest location.

What are your feelings like when you’re heading back home, after a really nice vacation? A good vacation rejuvenates me as nothing else does. No spa, no mall can come close to the feeling of absolute contentment I feel when I am away from the city and when I am one with nature. Of course, the moment I touch city limits after a good holiday, it’s a sinking feeling. The stress sets in immediately, and I know that until my next vacation I have to wake up to the sounds of incessant honking and traffic – rather than the melodious bird sounds and the pollution-free air that I miss so much. I call it the holiday hangover, and the only ‘fix’ that can help me get over it is another holiday. Most of the times, I cannot wait to simply pack my bags, load the camera, and leave.

In conversation with Travel Blogger Shama Ahmed A communications professional working at an MNC, Shama Ahmed is a travel blogger and nature-lover with a voracious appetite for travel. She loves to take the road less traveled to photograph and study animal behavior in the wild. Partial to the jungles of South India, her love affair with the denizens of the tiger reserves in India started ten years ago, during her first safari – when she was armed with nothing but a small camera phone and oodles of curiosity.

Being the kind of experienced traveler that she is, we talk to Shama about “holiday hangovers” – a topic that we have for long wanted to feature in our Q&A sessions. Shama helps us get under the hood of holiday hangovers in an attempt to understand post vacation blues, and how to get things into perspective.

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This interview was done for the ALL INDIA RESORT DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION