We go on vacation to take a break, make a difference, and get our noses out of the daily grind – right? So why is it so common for vacations to be just as stressful as our day to day routines? Probably because we expect so much from this small amount of time we have to ourselves! And if that’s something you’re worried about for an upcoming trip, we’ve got some tips down below for you. Traveling alone or not, make sure you keep them in mind during these slightly nail biting moments while you’re still planning things out.
Be Strict with Your Work Boundaries
If you’re expected to be on call at all hours, even in a job where you have shift work and no reason to be involved outside of these predetermined periods, turn your points of contact off before you travel.
You don’t need to be available all the time for people who should know better. And as someone who is dedicated to their work, you shouldn’t be checking every half hour for a new email either. Mute the group chat, set up an automated email reply, and spend your vacation thinking about yourself.
Skip the Tourist Accommodation
The more popular the hotel, the more likely it is to be noisy and crowded. Is that what you want for your vacation? Even though booking in here would provide a good central location, is that worth losing sleep over? Not in our book!
Instead, book yourself into a nice quiet place that’s maybe a little further away; boutique hotels owned by a small team of staff tend to have better customer service anyway! You’re likely to get better sleep, be able to relax in the lounge or by the pool, and have a quiet, calm breakfast in the mornings.
Don’t Stress Yourself with a Strict Schedule
A strict schedule for a vacation is old news! You don’t need to be constantly on the move, visiting on sight and then another and barely leaving time for lunch in between. Sometimes you’ve just got to go with the flow, follow wherever the road takes you, and spend a good couple hours just lounging around either catching some sun or enjoying the view.
Pack Your Suitcase with Comfort in Mind
Do you have items you like to use to feel comfortable in your own skin? Pack them for your vacation! And make sure they’re the first thing in your suitcase so you don’t forget to include them. From hand creams to fidget spinners to your favorite towel after a shower, make sure it’s in the suitcase and ready to go too. You can then unpack with the luxury of knowing you’ll set up a home away from home.
Having a relaxing vacation is easier than you might think. Just don’t let yourself get bogged down in the details! Because a good vacation is possible every time you get on a plane, even when things don’t go to plan.