Booked a holiday and hoping to find some tranquillity and catch up on some all-important ‘you’ time? Sometimes holidays can be more stressful than the daily routines of life – constant email checks, family contacting you non-stop, and worrying about whether you’ve left the heating on at home!
We know that it can be hard to leave all the stresses at home, but we’ve compiled our top tips that will hopefully leave you with a hassle-free holiday.
1. Turn your phone off (intermittently)
With the stresses of modern-day living, accidentally leaving your phone at home just whilst you pop to the shops can be a stressful experience, let alone being in another country with it turned off and no way for anyone to contact you.
Sound like bliss? Just kidding!
We know that it’s probably more likely to stress you out more if you permanently ban your phone from the entire break. Instead, try turning it off intermittently. If you’ve got a local walking tour booked, or you’re out for dinner or enjoying a relaxing wine tasting session, just switch it off for the couple of hours that you absolutely do not want to be interrupted.
For more information on how not to let your phone ruin your holiday, check out even more tips.
2. Like your phone, check on work (intermittently)
Work, like a phone, can leave you stressed and uneasy if away for too long – and sometimes you need to be aware of the really important stuff that’s going on back in the office.
If you can’t go cold turkey from work during your break, then set yourself ‘work hours’ just as you would on a regular day in the office. Limit yourself to a quick 10-minute email read before you start your day, and maybe once more in the afternoon. That way you don’t have to stress about being away from the office completely, and can still set plenty of limits to enjoy your break.
3. Don’t be afraid of independence
We get it – sometimes you just need some alone time. Holidays can be quite intense if you’re spending all your time with your partner or family, especially if they don’t want to spend their time doing the same things as you do.
Don’t be afraid to ask for an hour to yourself to go for a walk, sunbathe by the pool, or plug into your favourite book. It’s your break too.
Even if it means sacrificing watching that early morning sunrise – ensure you’re getting enough sleep. Your holiday is a chance to catch up on those all-important eight hours. If you want to stay out late one-night drinking cocktails, don’t force yourself to get up at 6 am to make the early-bird entrance tickets to your favourite attraction. Holidays are a time to relax, not exert yourself.
5. Don’t have a strict plan
Linking back to sleep – it’s important that your holiday has a relatively relaxed plan. Dashing about trying to see everything and do everything during your time there will have you feeling even more stressed than before you left. Remember that this is your time to do everything at your own pace and come back feeling rejuvenated. Don’t beat yourself up for not cramming everything in.
So there you have it. Your five-step plan of action to a hassle-free holiday. Now all that’s left is to decide where to go. Need even more ideas? These travel tips are sure to get you feeling inspired.