Don’t turn vacation planning into a second job

Sometimes a vacation can feel so exhausting that you need another vacation to recover from everything; it’s not that you didn’t enjoy your time away, but the travel, planning, and subpar accommodations can sometimes sap you of all energy. However, you don’t want to feel drained after your vacation, you want to feel rejuvenated, refreshed, and ready to take on the challenges facing you at home. Here are a few ways you can take the stress out of your vacation, and just focus on recharging your energy.

Plan ahead

The further you book your vacation in advance, the more time you have to sort out little things, which means you’re less likely to get worked up before you even take off. Figure out how you’re getting to the airport, or check to see if the airport parking prices are reasonable; arrange for someone to water the plants and feed your cat; and, most importantly, make sure your passports are still up to date. Make sure you pack everything into a carry-on the night before you leave.

Use technology

Technology has a way of making things a little less stressful, and it’s no different when it comes to travel. Although you can’t put your passport on an app, you can check in online, download your plane tickets to your phone, and check all your reservations. It can significantly reduce stress if you know you have most of your travel documents in one safe location – you aren’t as likely to lose your phone – and checking in online means you can avoid a long queue if you’re not also checking in luggage.

Stay in a resort

Although hotels have amenities, and some come with meals included, there are often set times for meals, the pools are overcrowded, and they can be full of high-strung tourists. Instead, you should check into a resort, private villa, or even an island paradise for a more relaxing stay in your destination. A resort differs from a hotel in that it attempts to provide for most of its guests’ needs on its premises. Therefore, resorts typically not only offer lodging but also food, drink, sports, entertainment, and shopping on site. Villas are ideal if you want more privacy while you’re on vacation; yes, you might have to sort out your own food, but you also benefit from a private pool, close proximity to a beach, and the freedom to do things on your own schedule.

Book a massage

Once you’ve arrived at your destination and settled in, check with your hotel or resort if there are any massage treatments available on site, or where the nearest spa is if not. Flying is uncomfortable, and it can add more tension to your body in addition to the tension you might have felt from work or from making your vacation plans. Taking the time to ease the tension at the start of your vacation means you’re better able to enjoy a stress-free vacation.

Remember, planning a vacation is supposed to be fun and exciting.

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Rory

Founder of Turn It To Trvl. After being made redundant from my digital marketing job, in the UK, I decided I no longer wanted to work the traditional 9-5. I found a volunteer opportunity in Malawi in 2015 and am now freelancing from the warm heart of Africa. Curently building a portfolio of clients and trying to inspire more people to live a life of travel.
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