What is a vacation? This seems like such a simple question doesn’t it? But when asked, most people will give different answers. Dictionary.reference.com defines ‘vacation’ as “a period of suspension of work, study, or other activity, usually used for rest, recreation, or travel; recess or holiday.” Fundamentally, a vacation should be a period of time in which you take some time off from work to relieve yourself from stress.
It’s shocking to discover that most individuals in fact get more stressed during their vacation time. Inadequate planning, (or complete over-planning) and an unpractical list of priorities can often lead to a bad holiday experience. Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to avoid this from ever happening. By simply prioritizing your holiday adequately, you can ensure to have a great vacation.
Planning & Preparation: The biggest problem is that people either over-plan or do not adequately plan before going on vacation. Although it is essential to plan your vacation – but too much planning typically results in more stress and can kill the spontaneity of a holiday. Ensure you plan the essentials, and book a good hotel well in advanced. Furthermore – choose a reputable travel agent or tour operator – Most people don’t know how important this is. There are many unprincipled travel agents that will try to fool you with what looks like a fantastic hotel – for you only to discover when you get there that the hotel isn’t up to scratch.
Additionally, having an approximate idea of what you want to do is also very important. This way, you can get a basic idea of where you want to go, what you want to see and what you want to do. For example, if you would like to try the local cuisine – you can do some prior research online about the best local restaurants in the area you’re visiting. If you want to do some sightseeing, research all ‘must see’ attractions.
Prioritising: Establishing and organising your priorities for a vacation getaway is vitally important. Most people try to stuff as much as they possibly can into a vacation with the misguided belief that they’re getting their money’s worth by doing so. People tend to forget that they are essentially going against what they want to achieve on a holiday, which was to have a relaxing experience and a good time. If you find that your holidays are constantly rushed and stressed, then you probably need some prioritising.
There’s no fast rule to having a fantastic holiday experience – but by doing what you find fun or enjoyable is often the best place to start.
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