Travel Tip Tuesday: Three Tips for Reducing Vacation Stress

Travel Tip Tuesday

Vacation stress? Sounds like an oxymoron, right? Not always. In fact, anyone who has ever traveled to the bel paese and met face-to-face with a transportation sciopero knows better. While I can’t do anything about those annoying train strikes in Italy, I can offer you three tips to help reduce your vacation stress and help ease you  back into working world reality.

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1. Take a few days “off” during your vacation

Many of us-current company included-like to maximize our vacations and experience as much of our new surroundings as possible. However, to minimize your vacation stress, plan a couple of days “off” into your schedule.

Over-planning is one of the major causes of vacation stress, so plan a few days when you can sleep in and not have to rush to museums, catch another train or make another dinner reservation. You might not see everything on your first trip to this new place, but you know, in reality, you wouldn’t have seen it all anyway.

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2. Don’t Work

This may sound obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many non-travel industry folks (writers, photographers or travel bloggers) I’ve seen working while they are on vacation. People tote their laptops, respond to emails and stay connected to work instead of enjoying their family vacation.

If you are one of those people who has to be connected, then set aside time every evening when you can respond to emails or phone calls and turn your cell phone off when you are having lunch with your family. Those emails will still be there when you get around to reading them.

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3. Plan Your Reentry

Take off at least one extra day after you arrive home and use it to rest, unpack, wash clothes and unwind from your vacation. You might think you’d prefer to spend every last minute on your trip, but you will be glad you planned ahead and allowed yourself time to reenter the real world.

What other tips do you have for reducing vacation stress?

Until next time … Buon Viaggio!

5 Responses
  1. leave on purpose your mobile turned off…or better don’t take it with you…I did that on a 3month time out…and it did work out perfectly 🙂
    Thanks for sharing this. Greetings to fabulous Calabria!!

    Hey Michela, thanks for stopping by. I am actually pretty used to traveling without a cell phone and I love it. It is too tempting to use it if you have it!

  2. Vanessa

    Love your tip No. 1 about factoring in some ‘off’ days. I always tell my visitors to do that, mainly because you don’t always get to see everything on your first visit (eg try to visit a museum but sorry it is wednesday afternoon or winter hours or ticket office has closed 30mins early etc etc), lunch may take 3 hours and often trains etc are delayed. Hmmm remember your Sicily trip….?

    My idea of a stress free holiday right now is one without the kids! Even 1 night would be heavenly. A vacation with little kids is not really like a ‘holiday’ in the true sense of the word, rather just a change of scenery…

    I’ve heard that about traveling with kids, V. I could see where it would be more stressful!

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