We all know the feeling. You’ve been looking forward to vacation for months. You have everything planned down to the letter. You have been gushing to your friends about how excited you are for your trip nonstop when the unthinkable happens: you get sick. Or you can’t enjoy the vacation because something happens that stresses you out. This cannot do. How do you guarantee a perfectly relaxed vacation?
- Schedule time to relax. Specifically schedule time to relax. The activity can vary from person to person. Find time to enjoy a walk in nature, swim, take a yoga class schedule a massage. Don’t stress out about extra expenditures: check out Groupon Coupons for free coupons to save you money.
- Unplug from technology. If you are constantly looking at your phone, chances are you will check your email or sign into Facebook. Now, you don’t have to entirely unplug if you don’t want to, but when you are on vacation, leaving yourself available to be contacted by work can definitely add to your stress. Where possible, turn your phone off or at least put it in “Do Not Disturb” mode.
- Don’t plan every minute of every day. Where’s the fun in every moment being planned out for you. Allow for a little spontaneity. Of course you want to see everything. But sometimes the best adventures come from veering off of your itinerary. Enjoy that little café you saw on the corner. Go on that foot tour you encountered as you explored. Meet up with that new friend you made at that tourist attraction. Make memories.
- Stay grateful. Remember what you have. You have the luxury of taking time off. You have the luxury of visiting new places. Not everyone has that luxury. What is it you love about traveling? What have you learned on your trip? Take stock of the little things that make you happy.
Traveling should be an adventure. Whether it is for work or for fun, you can always find a positive. Find that time to relax. You’ll enjoy yourself so much more.