It’s Time to Take Back the Vacation
Just saying the word “vacation” should bring up a sense of relaxation and a slower pace. But for many people, going from “full speed ahead” to “full stop” is difficult. In our connected age of sharing and comparing, it’s easy to forget that vacations should be about taking a break, relaxing on your own or with friends and family, and creating new memories with people you love.
Sometimes it’s the simplest changes that can bring the greatest rewards. Try these five tips to help you live in the vacation moment.
Click “Like” for Your Vacation Plan
Your co-worker’s hiking trip through Yellowstone National Park looked like an amazing experience, but may not quite work if you’re more of the cocktails-on-the-beach type. Everyone’s idea of relaxation is different, so don’t force yourself into a vacation that you won’t enjoy just because someone else said it was perfect. Instead, you may need to strike a compromise with your traveling companions — a few days of camping for the outdoor types, paired with time in a hotel with pool and other amenities, or a city break combined with a beach stay.
Build in Relaxation Time
It’s tempting to plan every day from dawn to dusk to maximize your vacation “return on investment.” But too much activity can leave you needing a vacation from your vacation. Plan instead on one or two big activities a day, or follow up several days of excursions with a day of down time for relaxing at the hotel pool, dining in the onsite restaurant and maybe even a splurge on room service.
Disconnect from Your Devices
The pressure to share every moment of our lives — and make it look perfect — is strong. Every time you log into your favorite social network during vacation, you can add unnecessary stress with each crop, edit and filter. Uninstall applications from your mobile device or, at the very least, turn off notifications and set a limit for online use. You can always post some photos when you get home to re-connect with that vacation state of mind.
You’re away from home and everyday responsibilities — things don’t have to be perfect. Get your hair wet, pick up the mic during karaoke night and take some funny tourist photos. Don’t worry about what people you don’t know might think — you probably won’t ever see them again, anyway.
Give Yourself a Vacation Buffer
Allow time to settle in to normal life after your vacation. Unpack, relax and give yourself a day or two before jumping back into work, family obligations or other activities. Otherwise, you’ll likely find yourself fretting about everything that must be done upon your return and immediately losing that vacation glow in the process.
Try these tips for your next getaway and hopefully you will hit the refresh key as you return to “real life.”