Travel Tips to Reduce Stress

Travel tips to reduce stress and make the most of your getaway

Taking a vacation is supposed to be about relaxation and getting away, but for many people vacationing creates stress.  If you can’t seem to recharge during your time off there is help.  Here is how to reduce the stress of your vacation and make the most of your getaway.

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Make plans.  Reader’s Digest advises making plans well in advance of your vacation.  You will be more organized and can avoid disappointments.  Research what is available at your destination and make reservations for events you don’t want to miss.  It may surprise you to learn that the peak excitement of your vacation is in planning anyway.  According to experts at Frommers, “…reading guidebooks, books of history, books about the culture…brings your vacation into your regular life.”  

Reduce stress with these great planning tips:

  • Pack lightly.  List what you really need with you and stick to your list.  By not over packing, exchanges at airports and hotels go more smoothly.  
  • Don’t overbook.  Allow some downtime in your itinerary.  Planning every moment of your getaway can lead to feeling rushed, and you might miss some of the details of your destination.  According to the professionals at CNN, “Trying to squeeze too many activities into one trip with ‘no built-in time to chill’ can be exhausting, especially when your trip lasts a week or less.”  
  • Communicate.  If you are traveling with others be sure to discuss expectations.  Itineraries need to mesh well enough for everyone to have a good time.  Is the whole family going along?  Some experts recommend trying these tips:
  1. Once you select a destination, ask everyone what their top priority event is, and do each one.
  2. Enjoy the kiddos.  Make time for just you and them, and savor it.  Play miniature golf or get ice cream.
  3. Plan alone time.  Make sure everyone gets a respite every day, whether it’s taking a nap or reading a book.
  4. Split costs.  If you are taking a trip with multiple adult family members, make sure that money is discussed up front.
  5. Get a group photo to remember the event.
  • Disconnect.  Don’t focus on your electronic devices throughout your vacation.  Try setting aside a distinct amount of time for checking social media or to retrieve email, and stick to it.
  • Allow buffers.  By scheduling time before and after vacation to regroup you can get into a proper mindset for making the most of what’s next, whether it’s getting away from work or getting ready to return.  

Safe and secure.  You may be concerned that while traveling your home could be burglarized.  Fortunately there are ways to leave your home vacant but secure.  Here are tips from professionals:

  • Ensure doors and windows are locked.  Use one-inch deadbolts with reinforced strike plates on doors.
  • Secure sliding glass doors with a metal rod or a wooden bar in the track.
  • Assess your home from a streetside view.  If valuables are visible move them to more discreet places.
  • Disconnect power from garage door openers.
  • Make it appear you are home by using timers on your television and lights.  
  • Have your lawn maintained if you are traveling for an extended period.
  • Consider adding a home security system.  
  • Don’t set up your voice mailbox message or email inbox to say you are traveling, and don’t announce your trip on social media.

While you don’t want to make it public that you are traveling, some experts say to consider telling a good friend or trusted neighbor you will be away.  You can lend that person a key as well.  That way someone is collecting mail and watering plants in your absence.  You also can make the police aware of your travel plans.  Oftentimes they will add your house to routine patrols.

Make your getaway.  When it’s time to go on vacation be sure it’s as stress-free as possible.  With careful planning you can make the most of your time away.  Have peace of mind leaving your home vacant by taking some simple steps.  Putting these great tips into practice will mean you can relax and enjoy your trip.

Henry is the co-creator of FitWellTraveler. The site blends two of his favorite subjects (travel and health) to provide readers with information about how to get the most out of both.