Vacations are intended to take us away from our stresses, a time to relax and recharge. Of course, this only works if you fully devote yourself to getting some much-needed downtime. Otherwise, your vacation could wind up being counterproductive, and you might come back feeling more stressed than when you left. While you can’t control work emails or delayed flights, things just don’t go according to plan sometimes. However, there are a few things you can do to make sure you really get the most out of your next getaway. Check out Travooo for additional guides when travelling alone.
Don’t Do It For Social Media
This may sound obvious, but make sure you’re traveling somewhere you genuinely want to visit. Like many other aspects of life, our vacation choices are often influenced by social pressure. It’s easy to fall into the trap of planning a vacation that will impress others, or that we feel like we should be taking. Whether you want to spend a week in a hotel room with good books and room service, or surf the waves in Indonesia, make sure the place you choose sincerely reflects your interests. Where would you go if no one else knew or cared?
Get Into The Planning
This may sound like a chore to many of us. However, participating in some vacation planning will heighten the anticipation connected to your upcoming trip. In a general sense, anticipation accounts for a substantial percentage of human happiness and this applies, especially, to vacationers. Studies consistently find that people who are scheduled for an upcoming getaway are generally happier during that anticipatory period than those who aren’t. Planning vacation activities will really get you thinking of all the fun you’ll have, and experiencing much of the same joy the actual experiences will bring.
Another important part of planning a vacation is research. It may seem like a no-brainer, but people often forget to check the weather forecast for the days they’ll be traveling. While shopping on vacation is part of the fun, you don’t want to end up buying so much clothing, if you’re ill-prepared for the climate, that you need to buy extra luggage for the trip home. Checking bags isn’t cheap, and the last thing you want to do is pay for unnecessary expenses at the end of your trip.
Take into consideration the things you plan to do while there. It might help to make a list of activities you want to try, as well as the clothing or equipment you’ll need to do them. Any outdoor activities like hikes, or activities that may entail lots of walking such as museums or scenic tours will require comfortable clothing and shoes. Are there restaurants you’d really like to try? Special events? Do they have dress codes? Packing fewer items that can be mixed and matched with one another is more efficient than separate ensembles. Give yourself time to pack, so you remember everything.
Lastly, don’t forget to go with the flow. When you’re traveling, it’s a given that something won’t go exactly as planned. Often, though, those wrong turns wind up connecting you to the place you’re visiting and the people who live there on a more authentic level. It’ll make a great story in the end.