A vacation is an opportunity to escape from real life and enjoy yourself, right?
If you’re not careful, you could find yourself spiraling into a state of stress while you are on holiday. That kind of defeats the purpose, doesn’t it?
To avoid the stress trap, it’s important to focus on enjoying your vacation. Here are some tips that will make your vacation a true vacation:
Organize Your Packing and Create an Itinerary
While you don’t want to stress yourself over making sure you pack absolutely everything you need or scheduling your vacation to the minute, being organized is a great way to ensure that you will truly enjoy your travels.
Begin by making a list of everything you need to take with you, being careful not to overpack. Look at your list and decide which items are absolutely necessary and which ones can be left behind.
As far as your itinerary goes, write down everything you want to do and organize it by priority. This way, you can work your way through activities and make sure you do the ones that are important to you – without feeling pressured to do everything.
Take Some Time to Unwind
The exciting thing about taking a vacation is the opportunity to experience new things, whether they be new foods, new adventures, or breathtaking attractions.
However, you should make sure that you schedule yourself time during the day to unwind after a long day of adventuring.
Those adventures are going to seem far less enjoyable if you are tired and worn out. Take advantage of your accommodations by eating in, relaxing in bed, and enjoying a movie.
You can even scope out some relaxing activities in the area such as spas and beaches.
Don’t Try To Do It All
Don’t let FOMO stress you out while you’re on vacation and don’t fill every moment of your vacation with activities.
When you try to cram in as many activities as you can into the day, you’ll end up overloading your schedule and creating anxiety during your vacation.
Pace yourself and focus on experiences rather than hitting up attractions and tourist traps. The rule of thumb? Quality over quantity.
If you’re one to organize with an itinerary, make a list of things you absolutely have to do and things that you would like to see if you have time. This will help you prioritize your time instead of having you feel pressured during your trip to do it all.
Manage Your Expectations
Vacations are exciting, but if you start your holidays with unrealistic expectations, you’re going to be disappointed.
Try not to stress about trivial things like the size of your hotel room or the spectacularness of a certain landmark.
Instead, focus on what you’d like to happen while you’re on vacation such as the adventures you want to take or the relaxing moments you want to experience.
Unplug For Awhile
Yes, you’re going to bring your cell phone with you on vacation – but consider ignoring your calls, notifications, and inbox so you can enjoy yourself!
You’re going to want to have your phone handy to capture your amazing vacation moments but disable your notifications and delete your work-related apps so you can unplug from real life.
Speaking of photo-taking, don’t get hung up on taking the “perfect” holiday so you can show off your photos on Instagram and Facebook. Capture the things that happen at the moment instead of focusing on the perfect shot.
Think of photo-taking as a way to document your adventure for yourself, not something to display to the entire world.
Ease Back Into the Grind
Unfortunately, vacations end, and at some point, you will have to return to work. Don’t let the thought of going back to the grind stop you from enjoying your vacation!
To avoid the stress of going back to work, think about the vacation you are taking and the travel conditions. A red-eye flight with stopovers isn’t going to leave you feeling refreshed when you get home.
You can always book off an extra day or two at the end of your vacation to ease yourself back into real life. This way, you can take advantage of the post-holiday afterglow at home before going back to work.
Enjoy Your Vacation!
Taking a vacation is a wonderful opportunity to escape the real world, relax, and take in new experiences.
However, if you’re not careful, your vacation could end up more of a headache than it needs to be.
Follow the above tips to ensure that your vacation is a true vacation – fun, exciting, and relaxing!