In honor of Stress Awareness Month, we’re focused on sharing content about how to prevent, reduce and limit stress. Unsurprisingly, one of the best stress busters is taking a vacation. But, the key to a stress-free getaway is having it go as planned. A study shared by Harvard Business Review revealed that “Poorly planned and stressful vacations eliminate the benefits of time away.” In other words, you could go through the effort of requesting time off and arranging travel and hotel accommodations, only to spend your entire vacation as stressed as you were before you left.
No one wants to be stressed out while hammocking under palm trees or hiking through forests (or whatever you’d do on your dream vacation.) That’s why we’ve compiled some tips for you to plan and enjoy your ultimate stress-free getaway.
Before the Vacation:
- Plan ahead! The same study cited in the Harvard Business Review found that planning a vacation early results in less stress. Look at your calendar for the next few months and find some time to get away. You’ll feel less anxious knowing that you have plenty of time to get everything in order.
- Discover the perfect place to stay by using Talkdesk customer Trivago. Trivago allows users to find their ideal hotel and price, leaving you with more time to plan the fun activities you’ll enjoy on vacation instead of worrying about how you’ll afford a place to stay.
- Leverage review sites, travel blogs and local reviews to evaluate the attractions in your vacation destination. Write down the price, website and hours of operation for the activities you’d like to do. Call or contact the attractions ahead of time and ask if there are any requirements that need to be met before you or those in your group can participate in the activities. For example, maybe it’s imperative that you wear tennis shoes on the zip line so they don’t fall off. By planning ahead of time, you can pack specific items you may need as well as anticipate potential scheduling conflicts.
- Vacation spending can easily exceed your budget, so be aware of conversion rates and local fees, and gain a general sense of how costs in your destination could be different from home. Speaking of a budget, you’ll want to make one that plans for food, transportation, excursions, souvenirs and small emergencies.
- Don’t wait until thirty minutes before you leave for your destination to get your packing done. You’re almost guaranteed to forget something if you’re packing in a rush. Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything.