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    Default Post trip depression?

    I haven't seen any related topics on this, sorry if I'm in the wrong spot.

    I was just wondering if it's normal to feel so depressed after returning home from the DR? It's been almost a week and I still am not happy. I had my first ever all inclusive in Sosua last week;first time in over three years away from my kids and husband. I thought I'd have a nice relaxing trip and the break from "real life" would do me good.

    But it had the opposite effect. After a week of doing nothing but lying in the sun and going to the buffet, I found it extremely depressing to come home and have to get up for work and make all the meals, get kids to school and extra curricular activities. All I can think about is the sun, beach, and pool. I'm trying to figure out how/when I can get back. I know - poor me, having to live in the real world...but has anyone ever felt this way and please tell me it goes away!

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    Eventually. The tropics are like a dream.

    However, you should know that there are millions of us here that do get up and work, get the kids off to school, and putter around the house and fight and struggle to live a decent life.

    What you enjoyed was the tip of the big iceberg of life. You can achieve a livestyle similar to that sun, beach and 0h-so-relaxed feeling if you work hard and save your money.

    And life is even better away from the beach...go figure.

    Just think that the alarm clock has gone off...and now you have to get back to reality.

    In a few months, you can do it again...hopefully. And I am glad you enjoyed your time here!! Really, I am..


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    I usually felt like that upon arrival home from AI trips. So we decided, after many of these trips, that owning a place down there would feel better coming back to our winter home. It is an idealized lifestyle!

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    Depressed was not the word,i felt far worst than that,i guess thats why most expats are here now ?

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    Good morning,

    Depression for me goes two ways. I LOVE the sun, but I also miss my family every time I arrive in the sun.

    As the song says, you can't always get what you want...

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    interesting. My wife has never gone off to a tropical vacation without me. If she did, she may have never come back. LOL

    Actually, we took exactly 1 vacation without the kids our whole lives, until recently becoming "empty nesters"; and actually still prefer when we can coax our "kids" to join us. I sometimes think we should have done it a little more often, but everyone has their own set of priorities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamgirl View Post
    I haven't seen any related topics on this, sorry if I'm in the wrong spot.

    I was just wondering if it's normal to feel so depressed after returning home from the DR? It's been almost a week and I still am not happy. I had my first ever all inclusive in Sosua last week;first time in over three years away from my kids and husband. I thought I'd have a nice relaxing trip and the break from "real life" would do me good.

    But it had the opposite effect. After a week of doing nothing but lying in the sun and going to the buffet, I found it extremely depressing to come home and have to get up for work and make all the meals, get kids to school and extra curricular activities. All I can think about is the sun, beach, and pool. I'm trying to figure out how/when I can get back. I know - poor me, having to live in the real world...but has anyone ever felt this way and please tell me it goes away!
    Yes, mamagirl, this depression will go away but you may have the longing to get back down the road. i know, have been travelling to dr for many years and each time, i hated to leave. my husband and i are now in the position to live there for at least a few months out of the year, possibly more if i can stand it enough to be away from my grandbabies. that part will be hard. your post to me suggests you are a mother with young children and have a busy life with them. i would suggest that you start saving your money for long term in the future so you can one day spend more time in the DR. Good to have dreams, and THEY CAN come true.

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    I find that a strong Santo Libre, and going to The Jetblue website and clicking away instantly cures any of my postpartum trip blues. BOOK another trip miamol!

    tio tambo'

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    It is tough to pay the bills here but I will admit having the sun shine has a therapeutic effect, not to mention the friendliness of the locals. Life is less stressful down here though, for me at least, even though we are barely making it.

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    It is tough to pay the bills here but I will admit having the sun shine has a therapeutic effect, not to mention the friendliness of the locals. Life is less stressful down here though, for me at least, even though we don't have a lot by Western standards.

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