Have you ever returned from a long-anticipated getaway only to feel more run down than before you left? Have you ever wished for another vacation to recover from the first one? If so, you’re not alone. But there is hope. With a little advance planning and research, you can enjoy yourself and recharge at the same time. Here are five tips to help you choose and enjoy the perfect rejuvenating vacation.
1. When traveling with children, plan your trip with you in mind.
So often we want to make vacations a dream come true for everyone else and we forget about ourselves. Even if you’re taking a Disney vacation with your five-year-old, you can plan smart moments for yourself that will bring you home feeling like you’ve been to the spa…alone. To accomplish this miraculous task, make a deal with your husband or friend who’s traveling with you. You get an hour today, they get an hour tomorrow. Keep rotating each day. Remember to make mealtime as special for you as the little ones. Check out online menus that include chicken strips and filet mignon. Go for non-alcoholic versions of your favorite drinks so you get the family home safely, but still enjoy the flavor of your meal.
2. Shop for your destination.
Think about what you want and need to recharge and refresh your body and mind. Check out your hotel, resort, the beaches, the slopes to find out who they cater to. Do they offer childcare at every corner? Does the nightlife cater to singles? The results will tell if that locale is an answer to prayer or your worst nightmare.
3. If you decide that excitement and adventure are just what the doctor ordered to rejuvenate you, go to the experts.
Invest in a location that is designed for the thrill seeker. This will save you time and keep you from danger. You don’t always have to have a guide to have a thrill. Many destinations are designed for you to go off on your own for hiking, rappelling, rafting or riding. Choose a place that has already done the preliminary research to offer you a safe and exciting out-of-bounds experience that will bring you home invigorated, not incarcerated or in a body cast.
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4. When traveling with a companion, choose wisely.
Don’t let the friend you want to choke after two days accompany you on a weeklong excursion. Once you decide what you want to do on your well-deserved break, take along someone who can complement the activities and the downtime. If you want to soak in the sun and the hot tub, don’t take your buddy who has caffeine running through their veins and can’t sit still.
5. Make reservations.
Even spur of the moment vacationers needs to eat. Nothing throws an annoying kink in a vacation like waiting and waiting and waiting or being turned away at every hot spot in town. A little research won’t ruin spontaneity, and it will keep your time free to do all the other exciting things that pop up. If reservations cramp your style, find out what times you are most likely to get a seat within an hour wait.