Looking for living a stress-free life? Well, vacations are that one time of the year we get to leave all worries and deadlines behind for a few days. But some of the stress tends to creep in anyway. Given below are some of the top tips to help you with that in the best possible way!
Plan ahead of time
So many of our vacation woes are related to delaying decisions until the last minute. A happy vacation means everything has been already taken care of – tickets, accommodation, food, packing, and transportation services. When planning a trip, start packing as soon as possible. Start looking for tickets – train or flight early on so that you can get good deals and save money as well. When we keep rushing things, the fear of leaving something out or not getting the best deal out there can easily bring down the excitement for the trip itself.
Make a comprehensive travel checklist
Planning for trips cannot, or rather should not, take place without a checklist. Of course, the nature of this will depend on where you are going and with whom as well. Because a trip to the mountains will require different things as compared to a beach getaway. Take a look at the places you would be visiting, the temperature, and the activities – and create the checklist accordingly. Medicines, socks, band-aids, etc. are always a must. When traveling with children and/or old people, it is better to make a separate checklist for their needs and requirements. Lastly, make sure you revise and revisit the checklist from time to time as you pack! Many people make a list and forget to refer to it afterward – that only goes on to defeat the purpose of a checklist.
Choose non-peak dates
Every travel destination has periods in the year where more tourists visit it. So if you want to have a rush and crowd-free vacation, you should choose your travel dates wisely. Read up on travel blogs and websites to help you with that. When you do so, you can also get many services at a much lower price. Agreed, some places are definitely better in certain months – but many times you can easily find a slot that allows you shorter waiting lines, fewer crowds, and more fun! Traveling with kids also becomes way easier during non-peak dates.
Put your work on hold
Mixing travel and work spoil things for everyone involved. It is true that the latter is important – but so is knowing when and how to draw a line. Inform your employer and/or employees about your trip and make it clear you won’t be able to work in that period of time. Clear communication may be stressful but it is for the best. If you keep getting calls and urgent emails in the middle of a beach day, you won’t enjoy any of it!
If work certainly can’t be avoided, you can either try moving the dates around a bit or limit the time you work while on vacation.
Don’t neglect food and sleep
From while packing to during the trip, make sure you get in enough sleep and food. If your itinerary is packed to the brim with things to do and places to see, it may end up taking a toll on your well being. These trips are an opportunity to unwind and enjoy, and not for running from one tourist attraction to another. Create an itinerary that makes sense for you. Leave out enough time to simply sit down in a beautiful park or at a riverside to take in the scenery. The time spent here will give you the energy for the more intense stuff. In the end, it is better to miss out on a few sites, if that means you get to have a stress-free vacation.
Allow spontaneity to peep in
To add on to the points made above, a lot of us are in the habit of planning an itinerary down to the dot. Museums, lakes, old forts, bookstores, and cafés – we are ambitious and our itinerary reflects that. But what if a museum is closed for renovation? Or you can’t visit the lake because of the bad weather? In such situations, it is great to be able to plan something new on the spot. You can ask the locals what else can be done in the city. If something like that happens, take it as an opportunity to do something new and exciting!