Booking a vacation is a great way to have something to look forward to; you can spend months daydreaming and imagining what your vacation will be like. Who will you meet? What will you see?
Because you want to make the most of your vacation, it’s natural to plan as many things to do as possible so that you can ‘make the most’ of where you’re visiting. However, this doesn’t always make for the most relaxing vacation. You might just return home feeling like you need another one!
Don’t make these mistakes if you want a relaxing vacation this year:
Trying To Cram Too Much Into Your Itinerary
As mentioned before, it can be tempting to try to fit as much into your itinerary as possible to make the most of this visit, but you shouldn’t. Only include a couple of activities that you really want to do, and leave yourself plenty of breathing room to explore as you see fit. You’ll only regret having to rush from activity to activity and never get to take a moment to experience the place you’re visiting properly.
Booking The Wrong Type Of Accommodation
Your accommodation needs to be suited to your personality and the type of trip you want. Do you want to stay in a hotel full of screaming kids? It may be great if you’re traveling with your family and want to make friends, but not if you want more privacy. Don’t forget that you have plenty of options, from condo rentals to beach huts. It all depends on where you’re going and who with, so think about it carefully and look up reviews on impartial sites before making your decision.
Packing Way Too Much
Lugging a big heavy case around with you is going to cause you stress, period. There are ways you can attempt minimalist packing wherever you may be going, if you’re smart. Keep things to a minimum and be vigilant. Do you really need 5 pairs of shoes? Realistically, you could probably get away with two, or even one depending on what your plans are! Anything you don’t take you will usually be able to purchase, so don’t stress.
Stressing When Things Don’t Go Your Way
You can’t control everything, so there’s no point stressing if things don’t go your way. Assume that something even better will come up for you, and just enjoy the moment. Learning to go with the flow is a valuable skill.
Having Too High Expectations
While it’s great to daydream about your upcoming vacation, setting your expectations too high could mean you leave feeling disappointed. Make sure you’re realistic about your expectations and take each day as it comes.
Staying Stuck To A Screen
Tip: for a great vacation, leave the screens in your hotel, condo, or wherever you are staying. Smartphones can be helpful if you’re lost or you need a place to eat, but failing to look up from the screen will mean missing your vacation completely. Take this time to have time away from the online world, and you’ll return home feeling refreshed.