Vacations are supposed to be fun, relaxing times, so don’t come back from your vacation feeling like you need another vacation. Stop overplanning, overpacking, and overstressing with these few tips to help you enjoy your trip a little bit more.
Overpacking takes more room in your car, more time to do, and makes things harder to find when you do get to your destination. Don’t pack more than you need. I used to bring about five more outfits than I actually needed. “What if I spill something?” “What if I decide I don’t like how that outfit looks together?” However, this caused more time and stress packing, and was harder to cram into my suitcase. Bring enough outfits for the days of your trip. You can do laundry if you need. If you are going somewhere warm, bring a bathing suit and a jacket for cool nights. Bring only jewelry and make-up that you have to have. You’ll be ok without that pair of back-up capris and that eye shadow you have had for two years and haven’t opened, I promise.
Vacations shouldn’t be on a strict schedule. That’s what work is for. Vacations should be carefree events where you spend time with people you enjoy, where you relax, and where you do things that are fun. Don’t get me wrong, by all means you should research where you are going and pick out some things you like to do. Just don’t plan every last minute. I have been on vacation with people who over-plan and it isn’t that fun. You are always rushed, trying to get to your next destination with x amount of hours to do this or that. Not only is it stressful to be rushed, but you might miss out on something truly awesome by passing up that little hole in the wall restaurant or hurrying by that side street.
Give yourself a break. This is a vacation. You have to wake up early enough with work, school, and other engagements. Vacations are for rest. My dad was always up at the crack of dawn on vacation, and he made sure everyone else was up, too. Sightseeing is less enjoyable when you are tired, and if you have kids with you, they will be grumpy from being awakened so early. Trust me. My dad can tell you, too.
Try New Things
Vacation is about experiencing a new place and new things. You always have that chicken sandwich for lunch. Go out on a limb and try a totally new type of food for you. Never had Indian? Go for it. Like Chinese food? Try Thai instead. Open up your palate and you just might find a new favorite. Try new activities, too. Want to be adventurous? Try parasailing at the beach or spelunking in the mountains. You could even take some lessons like surfing or scuba diving. Explore a little bit and open up your mind. You’ll have lots of great stories when you come home.
Don’t Forget to Relax
Relaxing is what vacation is all about, right? So in between all of your new adventures, be sure to chill out in the hot tub, lounge on the beach with a cold drink, or even just sit down with your family and watch tv. Take some time to unwind and you will come home feeling rested and rejuvenated.
Vacations are good for you, so have fun, do lots of things that you enjoy, and bring home lots of great memories to share with friends and family.