Vacation planning can be difficult, time-consuming, and stressful – even if you’re only going away for a weekend. There are times when you return feeling as if you need a vacation to recover from your vacation. That feeling defeats the purpose of taking the time away. But it doesn’t have to be like that. Here are three tips to better streamline your weekend vacation for a stress-free trip.
Determining a budget for your trip is the first step to alleviating stress. Your budget may impact what time of year you travel, what accommodations are available to you, and how you’ll get to your destination. With this knowledge in hand, the preliminary choices that you have to make are immediately made easier. After all, there’s no reason to include a five-star hotel on your list if you know ahead of time you’re unable to afford it.
Often, it is last-minute planning that serves as a major source of stress for vacation. According to a study shared in Harvard Business Review, planning more than a month ahead contributes to a positive vacation experience. Use this pre-trip time to secure your method of transportation, whether you are flying, renting a car, or taking a train or bus. This also a good time to research activities. Groupon and LivingSocial are budget-friendly resources for selecting activities in a multitude of cities and their deals are time-sensitive.
Now that you’ve decided what you’ll do on your weekend trip, it’s time to schedule those activities. Clustering your activities by area is an effective way to maximize your vacation time. A weekend is a limited length for vacation, so you’ll want to make the best use of the time you have available. Combining activities and tour by location decreases the stress that can be associated with navigating a new place and reduces the time spent traveling from one destination to another. A word of advice: Don’t overschedule your weekend. Some flexibility in your schedule allows the opportunity for adventure.
Knowing your budget, planning in advance, and grouping activities by location can eliminate the majority of the stress a vacation can cause. You are now ready to plan the ultimate relaxing weekend away. The only big decisions remaining are where to get your massage and which spot on the beach you’ll claim.
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