The holidays are here, and whether you’re going somewhere tropical like me, or somewhere colder to visit family, traveling can be a little stressful. Don’t get me wrong, I adore traveling and who doesn’t love a vacation, but between planning, packing, reserving flights and rental cars, and making sure the cats are taken care of while we’re away, it can become exhausting. Sometimes I feel like by the time I’m actually on vacation, I’m still so stressed out that it cuts into my days of relaxation. It’s time to make a change! Here are some tips that help me to decompress once I’m finally on vacation:
Sometimes I feel like not taking time off from work rather than going on vacation would be less stressful. If you feel like that too, make sure you do some prepping. I personally like to give my team a heads up at least two weeks in advance to make sure that we are all covered before I leave. Also, if I’m able to access wi-fi while on the plane, I try to respond to some of my e-mails so that I’m not coming back feeling overwhelmed.
With having a blog, it’s difficult at times for me to detach from my phone during the entire trip, but I truly like to live in the moment and set aside a certain time of the day to be on my phone. Luckily, now that you can save your draft on Instagram, you can edit your caption and pictures on the plane and save them for when you’re ready to post.
For me, spending time outdoors always helps me decompress. It’s a time to explore and focus on my surroundings and appreciate a new place. Being somewhere new also helps me to reflect on how grateful I am to be able to travel. Traveling is so important to me, so when I am able to, I like to try and live it up as much as possible. Also, I don’t know about you, but after a hike, or a day at the beach, I tend to sleep better at night. Win win for me!
4. Try Something New
I am such a creature of habit and always go back to the places I love, but I feel like a great way to decompress is to go somewhere new. Being around new people and places is a great way to get out of your comfort zone and can be so inspiring! I feel like branching out always helps me to focus on the situation at hand, and live in the moment, which is so great to me. I also try to live like a local as much as possible and try the local cuisine, which is always fun!
5. Go with the Flow
You guys know I’m working on this. Gavin is so much better at being flexible, but sometimes, things just don’t work out the way you want them, and I’m learning to realize that it’s okay. When you’re on vacation, there really is no clock and you can do things at your own pace.
I hope this helps and if you have any tips or tricks you use to relax and decompress on vacation leave them in the comments below!