Posted on Jul 10, 2006 | Comments 0
Itâ€™s the time that youâ€™ve been waiting for all year long. You have an endless two weeks away from work. While it should be a time of non-stop relaxation, the idea of your vacation is already beginning to stress you out. You wonder if youâ€™ll return from your trip more irritated and nervous than when you left.
At this point, youâ€™re harassed about the cost of the tripâ€¦whether your plane will arrive in due course for you to take your cruiseâ€¦if youâ€™ll have enough clothes for your journeyâ€¦how to keep your children in line during the tripâ€¦and whether you will actually benefit from yourself.
Itâ€™s a Major Stress Event
Instead of being a calming trip away from it all, your vacation is quickly becoming a major stress event. It doesnâ€™t have to be this way. You can take pleasure in the vacation that carries with it a minimum amount of stress.
However, devoid of concerted effort from your part it will not happen. In essence, you must work to have fun and the sooner you realize that, the less stress youâ€™ll encounter.
A great deal of advanced planning is compulsory for a relatively stress-free vacation. To begin with, you should build up a budget for your vacation; depending on how much money youâ€™ve saved.
Resist the inducement to charge it all on your credit card. Otherwise, youâ€™ll have to undergo a great deal of financial stress once you return from your trip. Once youâ€™ve established a budget, be sure to stick to it. Overspending will simply worsen your stress.
Next, you should seriously think about booking your vacation through a travel agent. The agent can do a great deal of the planning for you. An experienced agent will also know the pitfalls youâ€™ll want to avoid.
He or she is in the business of making vacationers happy, so the agent will have additional incentive to make sure that your vacation goes well. As you arrange your trip with your travel agent, there are some key questions you should ask yourself.
For instance, would you enjoy an adventure-related vacation, such as riding the rapids or going to a dude ranch? Or are you more interested in shopping and going to places of interest? Is your idea of a relaxing time a flight through the clouds or a cruise along the waves?
To plan a vacation thatâ€™s relaxing for you, the more information your agent has about your personal preferences, the better able he or she will be. Determine in advance exactly how much time youâ€™ll need off so as to make sure that your vacation is a success.
If you allot too little time, you could find yourself begging your boss for additional time as your vacation comes to an end, causing both you (and your boss) additional stress.
Also, donâ€™t allot so much time that youâ€™ll become restless. Youâ€™ll want a vacation that gives you a relief from your daily duties, but that does not leave you feeling completely out of touch.
Confirm from the travel agent just what kind of weather youâ€™re likely to encounter on your trip. One of the most stressful aspects of a vacation can be finding that you are unprepared for the weather.
Find out exactly what kind of temperatures you can expect, whether there is likely to be wind, and how likely it is that it will rain. In this way, you can get ready yourself for the type of conditions youâ€™re likely to encounter.
Guidelines for Packing in the Trip
Be generous with your packing but not overly generous. In other words, make ensure that you pack everything youâ€™re likely to need, but donâ€™t pack unnecessary things. Youâ€™ll want to make sure that you have sufficient clothes to last your entire journey, since it might be difficult for you to locate laundry facilities along the way.
But you donâ€™t want to be so overloaded that you canâ€™t move your suitcase. Also, ensure to leave room in your suitcase for the souvenirs youâ€™ll want to buy for your friends and family members.
A vacation should be the most comforting event of the year. Thatâ€™s why itâ€™s important that you try to formulate it as stress-free as possible. By maintaining a reasonable budget, doing some extensive planning, and asking for help if you need it, you should be in a position to minimize your stress level considerably. Bon voyage!
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