How To Plan A Vacation For Rest & Relaxation-7 Essential Steps!

I don’t know about you, but for me, summer is the most relaxing season of the year.  It just seems like the right time for vacationing.   Summer is the time when everyone, friends, family, colleagues get out of town for some R&R, so it’s only natural that you would want to know how to plan a vacation for rest and relaxation so that you can plan a trip too.

So how do you plan a trip for rest and relaxation, even if it’s just for a few precious days? What do you need to plan in advance to ensure that you get the best rest and enjoyment that would bring you great memories to enjoy all through the year?

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 First Step: Decide Where To Go Narrowing down your vacation destination options and then planning it is half the fun.   It may not be easy to do though, since there are so many options for a fun summer vacation trip.  Think about what appeals to you, perhaps a beach, a lake, or some mountains, if you are the nature-loving type like me.  Alternatively, perhaps you prefer a city.   If you have not visited relatives for some time, perhaps you can plan a trip to visit your relatives.

 Second Step: Decide where To Stay Even if you visit relatives, you don’t have to stay at their house if that will be too stressful or inconvenient.   Take a moment to decide what you want your accommodations to be – it could be a tent, an RV, a hotel, a bed and breakfast, a homestay, a log cabin,  or a hostel.  If your vacation plans involve water, you could explore cruise ship accommodations, a yacht or a sail boat.  If you have truly unique tastes, you can even consider a tree house, or a castle… there are quite a few options to consider, depending on your preferences and budget.

Step Three: Decide When To Go This may be a bit challenging because many factors will play into this.  For me, it’s not always easy to get  time off from work, so that may be a challenge for you too.  Talk to your boss about this as early as possible and request your vacation time early.  Then start working on planning your vacation for those specific dates.   If you plan to travel with your significant other, with friends or extended family, then it become even more challenging, since they will have to request vacation time too. But that’s not all!  If you have kids, remember to look at their schedules and figure out when they’re not going to miss their sports games, dance recitals, or camp(s). Rest assured that no matter how open it looks at the time when you book the trip, several things will come up later that you’ll just have to miss.

Step Four: Decide How Long To Stay If you can manage to coordinate with your boss, spouse, friends and family for the ideal window of opportunity, then that will most likely dictate how long the trip will be as well. Another big factor that will affect the length of your vacation is the costs involved. Obviously the longer you stay, the more expensive it will be. If you want to book an extended trip, look for deals. There are many vacation packages available, and some destinations reward longer stay times with special rates.

Step Five: Lock In Your Trip & Make Final Preparations Once you decide where to go, where to stay, when to go and how long to stay, then it’s time to lock in your trip and make final preparations.   Well in advance, think about who you can ask ( or hire) to watch the pets, water the plants, and take in the newspapers. Write out instructions for them and have a spare key ready. Tie up loose ends on work projects, mow the lawn one last time and get packed. You all will need a few new things, probably new swimsuits, and generally enough underthings to last for the duration of the trip. Kids will have grown out of last summer’s duds so do inventory and shop accordingly.

Step Six:  Go Shopping You definitely will want to go shopping for travel accessories to make your trip more fun and stress-free. The good news is, that you can shop for a wide variety of travel accessories from the comfort of your home.  Here are some great choices:

 eBags Medium Packing Cubes – 3pc Set (Tangerine)Check Price Cocoon GRID-IT Organizer (CPG10RD)Check Price Monster BK Outlets To Go 4 Outlet Travel Power StripCheck Price TravelRest – The Ultimate Inflatable Travel PillowCheck Price Lewis N. Clark Wrinkle Wiz,Multi,One SizeCheck Price Travel Smart by Conair Transparent Sundry KitCheck Price Victorinox Travel Organizer,Red,One SizeCheck Price Travelon Set of 2 Shoe Bags, Grey, One SizeCheck Price Taylor 8120 Digital Luggage ScaleCheck Price Baggallini Women’s Bon Voyage Bagg, BlackCheck Price

Step Seven: Go On Vacation & Have Fun Destination – vacation! You’ve planned it out, taken care of the home front to ensure that you home is safe while you away, and you’ve packed all your travel essentials. Now all that’s left is to go on and enjoy yourself.  You’ve earned this vacation for fun, rest and relaxation!  

About Darlene

Darlene is passionate and enthusiastic about helping women simplify their lives, develop stress resilience, regain balance, and find happiness, despite the personal storms life throws at them. She has published a popular series of stress management books which focus on simple, practical and healthy stress relief strategies, as well as provide FREE resources and services that help women become more stress-resilient.

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