Once upon a time, a vacation was meant to be the definition of relaxation. Now, this isn’t necessarily the case. In fact, we are more used than ever before of hearing the phrase that people “need a vacation after a vacation”, just to recover from their grueling activities.
In short, vacations have become stressful. Whether it’s because some of us just want to make the very most of our annual leave, or a completely different reason, we won’t speculate. Instead, we are here to give four pieces of advice that can help you along your way next time you sign up for a relaxing getaway.
Mistake #1 – Your itinerary is too full
Nowadays, this is probably the biggest mistake that people make. Through the internet, everybody seems to know the top attractions in a destination to visit. This tends to mean that everyone tries to cram all of these attractions into a single visit. Ultimately, it’s a trip that is compact to say the least and usually when you are running from place to place, it’s only going to result in the S-word.
Mistake #2 – You don’t let go of technology
This is another modern-day problem, so to speak. We are well and truly in the age of technology and as a lot of studies are now telling us, many of us are addicted to our smartphones.
Ultimately, this can be your downfall. You are pulled into the everyday stresses that tend to relate to work (and social media), and the result is that it can spoil your vacation.
Mistake #3 – You don’t research your destination
Another common mistake is that you just don’t research your destination. The stresses of this can be multiplied if you are traveling with children – when a well-researched trip is absolutely paramount to a happy one.
If you arrive at your destination of choice, be it a luxury hotel, or a B&B, without any form of itinerary, things are going to turn south pretty sharply. You won’t know what is available in the area, and you also might have missed the boat in relation to booking these attractions.
There’s a fine line between booking too much, and not planning anything. Make sure you fall straight between these two points.
Mistake #4 – You pack too much
Finally, don’t fall into the trap of packing too much. Again, this is all-too easy to do if you happen to be traveling with the family, but avoid whenever possible.
A lot of us now have worries about forgetting those “valuable” items but in truth, the only thing you need for your trip is your passport, money and yourself. Everything else can be replaced, or is not an essential in as many words.
If you start to bring too much along on these trips, every place you visit is going to feel like an exhausting hike. Your shoulders will be killing and ultimately, as we all know, tiredness tends to lead to the S-word creeping up on us again.