These 10 tips will help you create an even more relaxing vacation no matter where your travel plans take you.
Have you ever come back from vacation & thought, “Wow, I really need a vacation after that vacation!”?
It’s sad, but also too often true.
Last year Roger & I went on a 7 day trip to Paris, Barcelona, & Rome.
It was our first time to Europe & even though we spent quite a bit of time exploring, we also did so in a relaxing way.
Instead of speed walking from one tourist attraction to the next, we used the tram to travel large distances & spent the rest of our time leisurely walking down small roads amongst the locals enjoying the scenery & culture.
Although we had a lot of early mornings & a few late nights, we were able to use some of the tips below in order to create a more relaxing & enjoyable experience.
And while we love to travel adventurously, we can always count on one trip each year that’s just for relaxing.
Every summer Roger’s family goes to the Florida Keys for a week of relaxing at the beach, pool, & condo.
It’s basically the epitome of a relaxing vacation.
We literally rotate between playing in the ocean, sitting by the pool, & snacking in the condo while watching my father-in-law’s favorite show, American Pickers.
But even though we see it as our most relaxing vacation of the year, it can be really easy for a relaxing vacation to slowly slip into a monster of exhaustion.
So whether you are planning a trip of adventure or one laying out at the beach, I’ve put together some tips to help you have an extra relaxing vacation.
1. Do a Quick Check Before You Leave Home
There’s nothing like forgetting something at home or leaving something turned on to get you started on the wrong foot of your trip.
Once everyone is loaded into the car, do a quick walk-through of your home to make sure nothing important was left on or left behind.
And for extra piece of mind, take a picture on your phone of the stove/oven, the kitchen, bathroom, garage, or whatever area of your home you always second guess yourself about after you leave.
So once you are 10 minutes down the road & starting to question your hurried memory you can check your photos to give you peace of mind.
Also, if you have a tendency to accidentally leave things at home, here are some free printable packing lists you can download:
2. Leave Work Behind
Believe me, I know how tempting it is to want to catch up or get ahead in work while on vacation, but working while traveling does not make for the most relaxing vacation.
3. Let Go of Your Phone
Believe me, I’m talking to myself on this one.
I know it’s unnaturally natural how addicted people are to their phones, but when you can easily do almost all of your work on your phone it can be extra difficult to let it go.
This is a problem I’ve been working on for years.
And while Roger will admit I am night & day difference from a few years ago, there is always room to improve, but it is difficult when traveling is a large part of your job.
Take a photo or two, but don’t feel like you have to immediately post it online.
Facebook & Instagram will still be there later when you log on later. Plus you will probably get more engagement if you wait to post it in the evening.
4. Make a Plan to Relax
If you are planning a trip that involves a lot of travel to get to your destination, or a vacation that involves a lot of adventures or excursions, you may want to plan in a few hours hours here & there for relaxation.
Planning for relaxation may sound funny, but if you, your family, or the group you travel with have a tendency to constantly be on the go, making a schedule with time slots allotted for “free time” or “relaxing time” may be something you need.
No matter how silly it may sound!
5. Make a Plan
Speaking of plans, it’s important to make a plan.
I know some people may think that it is crazy to have a plan or schedule for vacation.
But if you are adventure traveling, or traveling with a large number of people, having a plan cannot only be helpful but also increase your relaxation.
By having a plan that everyone is agreed upon before your trip you won’t be stressed trying to figure out what to do or where you should go next.
Which is especially helpful to those of us who are people pleasers & just want everyone to get along & have a good time.
And while I’m not saying you need to have every single minute planned out, having a general plan (& backup options for weather, closures, incidentals, etc.) will help your trip go smoother, especially because everyone will know what to expect.
That way you can relax & enjoy your travels.
And since you are looking to create a more relaxing vacation, I recommend adding lots of tip #4 to your schedule.
6. Keep a Steady Sleep Schedule
Staying up all night & sleeping in until noon may sound fun, but depending on your age, & the activities involved the night before, this type of vacation can reek havoc on your body.
It’s not always possible, but keeping a set bedtime & setting an alarm that is similar (within an hour or two) to your normal weekly schedule can be good for your body & will be tremendous when your vacation ends & you have to get back to reality & your normal sleep/wake schedule.
7. Catch Some Extra Zzz’s
Since we are on the subject of sleep, sometimes taking a midday nap is a great way to relax & feel extra refreshed.
Just be sure to set an alarm, because a 30-minute nap can easily become 3 hours once you lay down.
Naps aren’t something we do on a normal basis, but we try to sneak in one nap during vacation.
8. Eat & Drink Right
I’m sure your thinking, I want to relax on vacation & eat whatever I want!
But eating unhealthily not only isn’t good for your body, but it can weigh you down, make you less energetic, & leave you feeling exhausted, which is not helpful when you are trying to relax.
Just like caffeine can keep you up at night & keep you from getting good rest, drinking plenty of water will leave you feeling refreshed.
So try to give your body what it needs to be healthy & feel healthy.
Chances are you will feel more relaxed & be able to enjoy your vacation even more!
9. Don’t Be Afraid of FOMO
The fear of missing out is real, but don’t let it stress you out or keep you from enjoying your vacation.
That’s why tips #5 is so helpful!
My biggest tip to avoid FOMO, especially when traveling with more than 1 person, is to have everyone in your travel group (even your kids) choose one (reasonable) activity that they want to do while on vacation.
And if you make a plan you can ensure that everyone will have a voice & an input on one thing that they do on the trip.
10. Come Home a Day Early
I don’t, of course, mean that you abruptly end your vacation a day early.
Rather, plan to arrive home a day (or even two depending on how drastic the time difference) before you have to go back to work.
Not only will you then have time to get your house & laundry in order, but you’ll also be able to feel less rushed & more relaxed for a new work week.
Do you have any tips for an extra relaxing vacation?
I’d love to hear from you!
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With love, G
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone.
Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Colossians 3:13 NIV