Now that summer’s here a lot of people are gearing up for some holiday time. But it seems like taking a vacation can be as stressful as work sometimes. How often have you said to yourself “I need a vacation to recover from my vacation”? Here are 5 tips on how to simplify your summer holidays to ensure they’re both fun and stress-free.
- Staycations. Holidaying close to home is growing in popularity. It saves you money, is better for the environment, supports your local economy and lets you avoid dealing with long line ups and delays at airports. Pull out a map and draw a circle with a 100 kilometer radius around your house. Then start plugging in all the nearby things you can do and see. You’d be surprised how many great spots you’ll discover.
- Don’t overdo it. I think there’s a natural tendency for people to want to do everything when they are on holiday somewhere. And while making the most of an experience is very important, it’s also important to be able to enjoy that experience by not running yourself ragged. Pick and choose a few key things you really want to do and give yourself the time to really absorb and enjoy those activities.
- Be flexible. Allow for a bit of spontaneity in your vacations and expect the unexpected. Nothing ever goes exactly to plan and it’s important to be able to adjust your schedule in the event of bad weather, delayed flights (if you’re flying), military coup d’etats, etc.
- Build in a back-to-work buffer. For me, the worst part about vacations is going back to work where I know an overflowing inbox of emails and to-dos awaits me. Don’t schedule any meetings for the first day you’re back from vacation and block it off as a catch-up day. Work from home if you can and give yourself that day to get caught up to speed and on top of your emails.
- Pack light. Reduce, reduce, reduce! I used to be terrible at packing, bringing everything I could imagine. Packing light will save you money (fewer bags to check at the airport) and stress (lugging around, worrying and keeping track of multiple pieces of luggage). Here’s a great website with some packing light tips: http://gogreentravelgreen.com/green-travel-101/ultimate-guide-to-packing-light-45-tips-to-lighten-your-load/
Funny stories. Good advice. Josh Martin is author of the book “Simple(ton) Living: Lessons in balance from life’s absurd moments.” Click here to learn more and to purchase a copy.