Sometimes when we go on vacation, we don't necessarily have a relaxing time. Has this ever happened to you? You go on vacation and with all the running around and the tight schedule, you come home saying to yourself, that wasn't relaxing at all. How frustrating! I agree.
Well, here are tips to have a relaxing vacation.
Find a destination that radiates a relaxing vacation.
Pick places that will bring you back to nature, like going to a more private beach, going to the mountains, staying somewhere near a lake or trail. Because you can't do much on a cruise besides the activities, it is a great option to relax.
Determine the length of your trip that works best for you to truly relax.
I know for me the trip needs to be longer than three days, 5-7 day vacation is ideal. Think back on your past vacations and determine what was the most relaxing vacation for you. Did you like the shorter holidays? Were you able to decompress quickly?
Don't take work with you.
I know this is really hard for small business owners because it is so easy to do these days. But, try your best not to take too much.
Don't check email or social media.
This one can be hard too. If you want to check your email, check it first thing in the morning or at night ONLY. This tip will help you keep it to a minimum, and you can still enjoy your stay.
"On vacation I totally unplug. I don't bring a laptop with me." ~ Will Wright
Add relaxation time in your vacation.
Because you are on vacation, it doesn't mean you need to do everything. Think of only the top to-dos you want to do on your vacation. Make reservations for them. Then create a separate wish list. Some examples are places to eat, places to visit but you don't need a reservation for, food to try. Include on your wish list: the name of the store or eatery, what it is, the address, the phone number. This way, if you do have some time and what to find something to do, you already have a list available to choose from.
Plan a Plan B.
Not all plans will go according to the program. We can't always determine when this will happen, so have a backup option researched ahead of time to help you relax if something does go wrong, and the plans must be changed. The wish list above will also work as your plan B. Remember it's OK if this happens. Sometimes things happen outside of our control. Going with the flow is best for everyone.
If you have little ones traveling with you, be sure to plan for several different shorter projects for them to do.
Giving the kiddos short projects to do during a vacation will keep them preoccupied and allow you to get some well-deserved relaxation. Short car games, coloring books, drawing pads, and small bags of Legos are some examples of things to bring for the kids.
Now it's your turn. What is your favorite travel tip? Please leave a comment below.
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