Everyone looks forward to their summer vacation. A chance to destress from the pressures of work and allow your brain and body to have a well-deserved rest. Nothing is better than relaxing on a beach with a cocktail and a good book or hiking to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise over an unfamiliar country.
However, right now at the beginning of 2021 and continuing on with the pandemic, it almost seems that taking a holiday and a stress-free one is a long way off. Even if you did book something the dream holiday may not always be the reality you thought it would.
For some holidaymakers, the vacation can be even more stressful than the home life they leave behind. You have to deal with all kinds of things going wrong from flight delays to whingeing children to an unexpected bout of food poisoning. There might be times when you wish you’d just stayed at home.
But a vacation needn’t be frustrating. No matter how complicated your plans or how many children you have, with the right planning and strategies you can ensure your holiday is as relaxing and enjoyable as you need it to be.
To help you out, here are four great tips for a completely stress-free holiday.
Most people find it difficult to completely switch off from work. Even when they’re thousands of miles away and can’t do anything about it. No matter how much you are tempted to check your work email, don’t. This will never end well. It will only end up stressing you out and putting you in completely the wrong frame of mind for relaxation. You should have already put plans in place to cover your absence, so switch off your phone and temporarily delete your email app. Your mental wellbeing will thank you for it.
Plan your trip, but not too much
One of the most stressful things about a vacation is the unexpected. When traffic makes you nearly miss your flight, or the campsite you planned to stay at is full. Minimise these eventualities by creating an itinerary for your trip. This will ensure you have everything booked in time and you always know where to be and when. However, you don’t want to have to be a slave to your holiday plan for the duration of your trip. Plan the important things like travel and accommodation, but leave yourself plenty of free time to enjoy yourself and follow your heart.
Keep the kids happy
Nothing makes a long journey more unbearable than unhappy, complaining children. But if you can keep them happy, your holiday will be a lot more pleasant. Kids are notorious for getting bored, so make sure you pack plenty of books, games and snacks to keep them occupied on flights and car journeys.
Protect your home
Did you remember to lock the front door? Did you shut that window? Did you leave your straighteners on? Give yourself peace of mind and make sure your home is safe while you’re gone. Ask a trusted friend or neighbour to keep an eye on your property and consider installing a security alarm or hiring a CCTV installation company to prevent opportunistic thieves from breaking in.