Going on vacation is obviously a treat; but there are a few things that could make it even better. If you’re a couple, then things cannot get any better. But what if you’re going solo and wish you actually had someone? You should look at your impending vacation as your chance to, in part, meet that someone.
Don’t Neglect your Health
Taking care of your health should not be put on hold just because you’re on a vacation. In fact, it should be amplified since you are going to a foreign country. You need to equip yourself with all the medication you need (that you can carry across the border) and you need to inform yourself about the medical practices in the city you’re traveling to.
Today’s technology has made this easier through medical apps that will notify you of a medical doctor in your close proximity at all times, where you will be able get advice on illness concerns, a persistent cough, and even info on STD antibiotics if you need it. You never know where your travels will take you, and who you’ll meet once you’re there, so you need to be assured you’ll get the necessary help whenever the need arises.
Go Stress Free and Leave the Planning to a Professional
Unless you’re the decidedly hands-on type, you might consider leaving the planning of your vacation to someone else. One of the most stressful aspects of going on vacation is, in fact, the planning stage. However, there are travel agents and tour booking helpers that can take on this task for you.
It makes sense, when you think about it. After all, if you’re heading to a high volume area such as New York or Arizona, you’ll have trouble creating a travel itinerary since there’s so many things to see and the booking/planning agent will know exactly what attractions you wouldn’t want to miss
Leave the Work at Home
If you’re a workaholic, you probably shouldn’t even go on vacation – people like you who actually love to work should just stay in the office! All joking aside, all of us need to leave the work behind from time to time. If you want to maximize your enjoyment, only go on a vacation when you’re ready to.
Before you leave, you can fix up your desk with the work you intend to jump right into when you return. The sense of preparation this gives you will soothe your mind. Have it all set-up, get on the plane, and don’t look back.
Make Sure the Vacation Is Long Enough!
This is a common mistake; far too many people take too few days, thinking it’ll be enough. Being away from work for just four days is not enough time to fully unwind mentally. Once you’re back to work, it won’t feel like you’ve rested at all.
Although the occasional three or four-day vacation is fine; these are more appropriately called mini-vacations. If you want to truly experience a refreshing time, you’ll need the 10-day variety. It’s long enough to feel like a couple of weeks, but short enough so you don’t forget what your actual job is!
Going With Friends? Plan Accordingly
Just because you’re all very close, doesn’t mean you won’t have wildly different interests once in a new place. If you don’t acknowledge this before leaving, it could be one of the biggest sources of stress.
One suggestion is to plan a group event each day – just a single one – where you all meet and go hang out. Then you’re off on your own (for the most part) for the rest of the day, and you can perhaps meet in the evening for dinner and talk about the things you did that day.
Take a Cruise
You get to be as near the water as possible without getting wet, and you often get to visit several vacation spots on a single trip. Room, board, food and entertainment are in plentiful supply, and the effort required on your part is as variable as you want it to be. You can stay on the cruise ship the entire time, or get a bit adventurous and visit the cities you port. A cruise can be one of the most relaxing vacation options because of these attributes.