Everyone loves a vacation, yet the time away can be quite stressful. The planning, the cost, and the embarrassment at not being able to speak the language… these things often add up to two weeks that are more draining than everyday life. What to do?
I asked the Answers community for tips on how to make vacations more like a vacation and people had plenty of ideas. Interestingly, some of these ideas conflicted. For example, several people wrote that proper planning is key. They argue that if you plan well enough, you won’t be a huge ball of stress when you arrive at your destination. Makes sense, but not everyone sees it that way. HappyMom recommends taking it easy on the plans and just letting things happen. Very Zen, HappyMom.
Other community members offered advice on who you should (or shouldn’t) travel with. Shleenish wrote four little words that many people will no doubt agree with — “don’t go with family.” Fellow responder tan0301 agrees, writing that she and her husband both took their respective mothers on a joint vacation and she nearly went bananas.
Finally, mylifeisHis gave some sage advice that I think many people often forget: Don’t cram two weeks of activities into one week of travel. Be aware that you won’t see everything, so don’t try. Heck, you can always go back.
Do you have advice on how to stay stress-free while traveling? Do you plan everything a la Clark Griswold or do you like to go with an open agenda? Please leave a comment below and let me know.
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