How to Eliminate Stress from the Modern-day Vacation

It's meant to be one of the few moments of the year where you can let your hair down and truly enjoy life. Unfortunately, for most people in the country at least, heading on vacation can be anything but this.

The rigours of modern-day life means that this has become something synonymous with stress. Well, it doesn't always have to be quite like this and through the course of today's post we will highlight some of the best suggestions to help you through your next vacation.

Location, Location, Location

It might be one of the biggest cliches going, but when it comes to avoiding stress the old saying of location, location, location couldn't be truer. We are not talking about choosing the Maldives over Scotland here either, but rather your location in relation to local amenities.

In short, put yourself in the heart of a tourist destination and you are asking for all of the hustle and bustle that accompanies this. However, choose something a little more out of the way, perhaps with a spa, and the pace suddenly drops.

Leave Your Phone at Home

Of course, the above advice probably isn't strictly possible. However, you can at least consciously "leave" your phone at home -- by simply deciding not to check it. Or, if you are blessed with a work phone, at least leave that at home.

Unfortunately, we have now entered a society which requires everything to be performed instantly. It means that if you do decide to take your work phone along with you, people will expect you to act as soon as you pick up a message or a call.

Have respect for those who you are traveling with and don't fall into this trap.

Stay on Top of Your Finances

It sounds easier said than done, but one of the key reasons stress occurs in vacations is because of finances. Put simply, traveling isn't cheap. However, you can at least plan somewhat and get your house in order before you depart, which can keep costs down.

For example, pre-booking hotels rather than booking on the day will naturally save plenty. Beyond that, the same rules apply for attractions, while you should also search high and low beforehand for any vouchers which might entitle you to a discount.

Understand the Needs of Everyone on the Trip

Over the last few years there has been a surge of people who have decided to travel alone. Some might suggest that this is because overall at least, the world might be a safer place. However, others say that it's simply because traveling as a group, whether this is as a family or with friends, becomes tricky as it's impossible to satisfy everyone.

As such, try and understand everyone's needs before you jet off. With children, this might be challenging at times, but understanding that you need to incorporate plenty of their activities into your itinerary obviously needs to be high on the priorities list anyway. Elsewhere, if you are traveling with your partner, understand that they might not want to be on the move all of the time, and will want periods where they are lounging around and taking in the surroundings.

Ultimately, you are trying to eradicate any nasty surprises for anyone later down the vacation.

Photos: Neala McCarten

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October 25, 2018

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