For most people, the main reason for going on holiday is to relax and get away from it all. But sometimes, going on a trip can be more trouble than it’s worth. Long days of travelling, worries about money, or companions who want different things out of the trip are some of the main causes of travel-related stress. Here are our top five tips for planning a stress-free break.
Holidays are all about indulging yourself, but flights, accommodation and food all add up. When you start planning a trip, it’s worth working out a holiday budget you can stick to easily. As well as budgeting for your accommodation and flights, it’s worth putting some money aside for emergencies. You should also work out a daily spending amount, by checking out the cost of living in the place you plan to visit. That way, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your trip without overspending. Another great way to budget is by booking an all-inclusive break, so that flights, accommodation, transfers, three meals a day, drinks and snacks are all covered.
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2. Make sure you’re on the same page as your traveling companions
You can be sitting on the most beautiful beach in the world, but if you’re not getting on with the people you’ll with, you won’t be able to appreciate the experience. It’s really important to check that traveling companions are on the same page as you. If your friend likes going out drinking every night and sleeping until noon, whereas you’d prefer to spend your days sightseeing, the chances are you might end up at odds with each other. Go away with friends who have similar expectations and a similar budget to you.
If you’re travelling with your family, make sure you find a location that everyone wants to visit. Choose a place that offers a range of child-friendly activities that grown-ups will also enjoy. Alternatively, if you’re a solo traveler looking for a travel buddy, there’s more info here: https://solotravelerworld.com/find-a-travel-partner/
3. Consider a staycation
If you want to avoid the stress of visiting a foreign country – renewing passports, changing currency, or braving the peak-season queues at the airport – it’s worth considering a staycation. Every country has its own unique landscapes and cultural hotspots, but it’s easy to disregard them in favour of more exotic locales. There are some great places to visit in the UK, ranging from the rugged Scottish Highlands to the picturesque, honey-coloured city of Bath. You’ll be surprised how many great destinations there are within a short drive of your home. Here are some top staycation tips: https://www.timeout.com/uk/things-to-do/best-places-to-visit-in-the-uk-2019
4. Visit one of the world’s most relaxing destinations
If you want to plan a stress-free trip, it makes sense to visit somewhere you’ll be able to relax and unwind. Forget high-octane cities and head for quiet, walkable towns and idyllic beaches. Caribbean destinations such as Aruba are renowned for their serene atmosphere and stunning vistas, while Croatia is known for its laid-back atmosphere. As well as choosing a chilled-out destination, you’ll also want to make sure your accommodation is geared up for relaxation. Look out for hotels with fantastic spa services, in tucked-away locations. It’s likely that most adults-only accommodation will have plenty of spots geared up for peace and quiet. Here are some peaceful destination ideas: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/advice/your-most-relaxing-and-restorative-holidays/
5. Go away for the weekend
Going away for a long trip can sometimes be stressful. If you have a busy working life, you might find yourself struggling to meet deadlines before the trip, or find yourself falling behind when you return. Finding pet care or a house sitter, can be tricky and expensive. But taking a short trip, such as a long weekend away, allows you time to unwind without lots of advance planning. Make sure you choose somewhere nearby, so that you don’t spend a lot of time traveling. There are lots of great destinations within an hour or two’s flight time from the UK, such as Paris or the Algarve, and a lot of staycation options. Prioritise relaxation by choosing a hotel with a spa, or a serene beachfront location. Here’s some inspiration for you: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2018/sep/01/10-best-alternative-affordable-city-breaks-europe-late-summer
Pay attention to these top tips, and we guarantee you won’t need a holiday to recover from your holiday! Select the right budget, companions and place to visit, and you’re bound to have a stress-free trip.