There’s a funny paradox around the whole going on vacation thing. Even if you’re filled with tons of excitement because that time of the year is here when you finally get to go where you’ve been dreaming of for a few months, planning ahead for your vacation can turn out quite challenging and also tiring.
So, if you’re not the type of person who has long hit the next level of mindfulness, it seems that going on a holiday can become quite a chore in the end. There’s an unspoken pressure that forces you to have fun, forget stress and get relaxed from the very first day and obviously stop thinking about work from the minute you leave your home. Fortunately, there are a few tips and tricks that can significantly reduce your vacation related anxiety and all the unnecessary fuss.
Plan and pay for everything ahead
The more you pay in advance, the less stressed and freaked out you will be on your vacay. We’re referring to restaurant bills, accommodations and more. So you should definitely consider paying for the most that you can upfront. Usually, hotels also offer a reduced rate if you decide to pay the bills in advance. If you plan to attend all kinds of events, it’s also recommended that you plan ahead and buy the tickets before you arrive at the destination.
Don’t buy what you don’t really need
While you’re finally enjoying your vacation, it so happens that you enter the best souvenir shop ever. The first thing that comes to your mind is to buy everything for everyone back home. But, don’t be in such a hurry because you might end up buying too many unnecessary things. So, stick with the common souvenirs which are not too expensive.
Keep yourself busy with entertaining activities
Even if you’re on vacation, you have to stay busy. Of course, we’re not referring to work but to entertaining and fun things to do. You can read a good book or watch your favorite TV show, you can go for a hiking adventure, you can even take a boat trip, or you can head over to BettingTop10. If you’re a sports enthusiast and have a bit of fun and exciting time. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s a fun and relaxing activity.
Save the indulgence for the very last day
Why? Well, the answer is pretty simple. The final portion of your vacation will leave the longest lasting memory and impression so spend your last day doing something really lavish such as going to a massage, taking a boat ride or trying the fancies restaurant.
Prepare for the return to real life
There’s always the shadow of loads of work waiting for us to get back from our vacation and this may trigger lots of anxiety most of the times. This is not really inevitable because you can do something to avoid jumping right in the middle of work once you’re back home. If you are self-employed you can do more work before you leave, and if you’re working for a company, you can ask your colleagues to prepare a short de-brief for your return so that you know where things stand and avoid getting taken by surprise by all kinds of events that have happened while you were gone.
The last thing but the most important one is to keep in mind that vacation is meant for having fun and putting your worries aside, so try and do this as much as possible.
Brad is a former Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, is an award-winning travel, culture, and parenting writer. His writing has appeared in many of the Canada’s most respected and credible publications, including the Toronto Star, CBC News and on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine. A meticulous researcher who’s not afraid to be controversial, he is nationally known as a journalist who opens people’s eyes to the realities behind accepted practices in the care of children. Brad is a contributing journalist to Advocator.ca