5 Things That Will Ensure a Truly Enjoyable Vacation

5 Things That Will Ensure a Truly Enjoyable Vacation

Vacations serve as a great way to spend quality time with people you love. It also offers a chance to get away from the hustles and bustles of life and catch your breath. But did you know that vacations are also good for your body and brain?

Since going on vacations can help reduce stress, you will have a lower risk of contracting cardiovascular diseases and other illnesses related to overwork. It also improves a person’s productivity and focus while promoting better sleep.

Planning to go on an out-of-town trip soon? Here are five things you must accomplish in order to fully immerse yourself in the experience of going on vacation and truly enjoy your time away from your usual routine.

1.   Planning Way Ahead of Schedule

In general, planning is the phase of any project that is considered the most grueling and stressful of all. But when it comes to vacations, this step is actually one of the most beneficial to the human body.

According to a study conducted in 2010, the anticipation people experience during the preparation phase of their vacation boosted their happiness levels. The research also found that people are happier while they are still planning for their trip than when the vacation has already concluded. This means that the longer you plan for a vacation, the more you’ll feel happy.

2.   Avoiding a Jam-Packed Itinerary

One major mistake most people tend to make when planning their highly anticipated vacations is overscheduling. Granted, this is sometimes the side effect of anticipation, but if you truly want to maximize the effect of the trip to your overall health, it is imperative that you reduce your itinerary.

Doing so will prevent you from rushing from one place or activity to the next throughout your entire vacation, which is counterproductive if you’re after rest and relaxation. Instead, focus on savoring each moment. This practice can transform, for example, a simple luncheon into the best Friday brunch of your life that you are sure to remember years into the future.

The bottom line is to stick with the adage, “Less is more.”

3.   Being Prepared for Anything

While planning too many activities can ruin your vacation, likewise, not preparing anything at all can also cause it to become an epic failure. Aside from the jolt of happiness you can get from anticipating your trip, planning the vacation basics would also help you avoid nuisances that could pile up and cause stress rather than reduce it.

Booking a hotel ahead will help you save time, effort, and money in scouring the place for decent lodging. Hiring a tour guide can also save you the headache of figuring out how to reach the destinations in your itinerary.

4.   Booking During Off-Peak Seasons

Nothing ruins a well-planned and extremely anticipated vacation more than constantly wading through a thick crowd of bustling tourists. So make sure to schedule your vacation during dates when fewer people are visiting.

Doing so will help you save more on the cost of travel and lodging as most airlines and hotels have lower rates during off-peak seasons.

To top that off, it will also allow you to maximize your vacation time since you won’t have to rush just to get ahead of other tourists to visit the attractions listed down in your itinerary.

5.   Leaving Stress Behind

For most people, stress is the number one reason why they go on vacation. Unfortunately, not everyone can easily leave the stress behind.

If you’re one of those people who cannot seem to take off from work, even if you’re not at work, planning ahead will definitely help you keep your workload from piling up. You won’t have to rush through your to-do list in the days before your scheduled trip if you organize your workload and time well.

You can also inform your colleagues about your upcoming trip so they would know not to send more requests and work to your desk right before and during your vacation.

Remember that overworking before or after the vacation is counterproductive and defeats the true purpose of the trip. Leaving stress behind also means you have to remain in the present — both mind and body — during your vacation.

Conclude Your Vacation with a Bang

While most people schedule the best parts of their itinerary for the very beginning of the vacation, studies have shown that you can benefit more from your time away if you save the best for last. This is because of something called the “recency effect,” where the human brain recalls the end of the vacation easier than it recalls the beginning.

With this in mind, you should book a first-class seat during your flight back home rather than when you fly to your vacation destination. Fancy dinners and other luxurious parts of the itinerary should also be scheduled before you head home. Doing this will help you feel happier and more rejuvenated upon your return to work.


Soraya Abdul Azis is the Social Media and Design Manager for Saadiyat Beach Club in the UAE, the very first beach club on Saadiyat where guests can enjoy and celebrate a world of fine living, health and well-being. Soraya has worked in Design, Advertising and PR in Dubai and Beirut for the past 4 years.

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