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People take vacations to relieve stress and enjoy the holidays with their families. Sadly, some out-of-town vacations cause so much stress, you’d be better off staying home. Here are some tips for keeping the adventure in your holiday getaway and keeping the kinks out.
Some people think that too much planning is the enemy of fun, but most vacations benefit from at least some degree of forethought. Minimally, you need to know where you are staying for at least the first leg of the journey. Use Priceline.com and Expedia.com to book accommodation.
Make sure you have backup currency. You need cash as well as at least one debit and one credit card, in case one of them flukes or you get mugged. Don’t keep all of your cards on your person at any one time.
Don’t pack at the last minute. Take the time to make a packing list at least two days before travel, and pack the night before so you don’t forget your toothbrush in your panic to get out the door.
If you are flying, get to the airport the recommended one hour before a domestic and two hours before an international flight. Keep in mind that nobody sails through security. You stand in line, you take your shoes off, you deal with the ego of TSA agents. You need time for all of that.
Print out all the documents you need: plane tickets, maps, itinerary, reservations, etc. It’s all well and chic to pull up your boarding pass on your cell phone, but what if your phone dies? Have printed back ups to be safe.
Leave work at home
You’re taking a break to get away from your stress, so don’t be checking emails and calling the office. Be sure to instruct office colleagues to call you only in an emergency.
Leave work papers at home and replace them in your life with a paperback or an audio book. Use your cell phone to watch a movie rather than send a text.
The same goes for your inner monologue. If you find yourself thinking about a work problem, forgive yourself, but then focus on the present and what you are doing right now. This can become a habit, and your family will thank you for being present on your vacation with them.
Make sure your home is safe
Nothing undermines your holiday enjoyment like worrying about whether somebody is breaking into your house or setting your garage on fire. Take whatever steps you need to rest easy on that front. These steps may include:
Taking a few precautions guarantees you will have a dream vacation rather than one that seems like it was planned by Clark Griswold. Safe travels this holiday season!
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~ Aurora James of www.rei.com