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Henry Moore December

4 Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Getaway

The holidays have always been a popular time of the year for packing your bags and taking a trip. Whether alone or with friends, seeing family, traveling abroad, or taking a romantic getaway, you won’t find a busier time of the year to hit the road or book a flight. Unfortunately for many, taking a holiday vacation can lead to unwanted stress.

While people take a holiday trip for their own reasons, no one wants to feel stressed while on vacation. Here are some tips for keeping the stress down and optimizing your relaxation, no matter where you’re going.

Plan Ahead


Most stressful vacations stem from not having a solid game plan. Before you pack your bags and hit the road, you need to know where you are going, how you are getting there, and what you want to see and experience while on your trip. Planning your trip well ahead of time will help avoid stress that comes with booking flights and arranging hotel reservations last minute. The more you take care of ahead of time, the less pressure you will feel in the days leading up to your trip, meaning you’ll spend less time worrying and more time enjoying your trip.

Be Flexible


When you make plans for your holiday getaway, avoid overloading your itinerary with too many things to do. If you plan out too many places to see or things to do on your trip, you might find that your entire trip is in a constant state of motion. Once you arrive at one place, you will feel immediately pressured to get a move on so you won’t miss the next thing. This pressure of getting “everything in” can add stress and put a damper on your trip. While on vacation, your ultimate goal is to relax, so leave some wiggle room in your itinerary and remember that less is more.


Pack Light


Less is more can be applied to more than just your itinerary. When packing for your trip, remember that everything you bring will have to be carried around with you, from the airport, to your hotel, and in some cases, everywhere in between. Lugging around an enormous suitcase can kill your relaxing vacation vibes and add stress to the exhaustion you already feel hauling around all your stuff. Try adopting the Japanese concept of KonMari when packing for your trip. KonMari is a method used to declutter your life and make room only for what is absolutely necessary and brings you happiness. Look through your list of things to pack and ask yourself, “Do I really need three different jackets?”


Don’t Worry About Home


Speaking of carrying around extra weight, nothing can be as burdensome as worrying about what’s going on back home while you’re miles away. You’ll find it difficult to rest and relax if you’re constantly wondering if your home is safe and sound. The best way to avoid this unwanted stress is to sort your home security before you set out. If you are worried about someone breaking into your home, you might consider investing in a security system that alerts you and the authorities whenever someone enters your home. Additionally, you could have friends and family check in on your house a couple times a week to ensure that everything is okay. Have them bring in the mail while they’re there, and bring them back a souvenir to thank them.

Most people are only able to have 1-2 vacations per year. No one wants to spend this time bogged down with stress over itinerary, luggage, and home. Take care of business well in advance to keep spirits merry and bright as you embark on your holiday vacation.


Henry is the co-creator of FitWellTraveler. The site blends two of his favorite subjects (travel and health) to provide readers with information about how to get the most out of both.

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