Pro Tip: You Need a Break
Written by: Mark Harris of AwarenessToolkits.com
Pro Tip: You Need a Break
Everybody needs a moment away from home. It doesn’t matter if you’re 18 and fresh out of high school or 46 and in the throes of a C-suite career. Taking a vacation (or its more affordable cousin, the STAYcation) is good for your mind, body, and soul. But, before you pack a bag, take the time to plan your trip, set a budget, and get to know where you’re going before you hit the road.
Flight Fillow is pleased to present today’s post to help you prepare for your next adventure.
Why Vacations Matter
To really get the most out of your vacation, you have to understand why it’s important. Vacations can reduce stress, and they give you an opportunity to reset while opening up your mind to food, cultures, and events you may have never considered before. However, it is not enough to simply take time off, you have to be prepared to enjoy your downtime. While that might sound easy, many of us find it difficult to wind down.
To ensure you get the most from your break, think about how you will handle the stress of being away from work. You should also choose a destination that allows you to prioritize self-care, such as sleeping and exercising. Once you get to your destination, take a moment to breathe deeply, and identify your stress triggers. ZenBusiness acknowledges that this is one powerful way to take control of your stress levels. Is missing an important meeting going to cause you anxiety? Are you worried the pool filter will clog while you’re gone? Whatever is on your mind, let it go.
How To Enjoy An Affordable Sabbatical (Without Leaving The State)
Sometimes, you only have a weekend to get away. This means “staycation,” which is just a simple way of saying that you don’t stray too far from home. A few tips to get the most out of your money include:
- Contact your hotel or vacation rental directly. There are many advantages to booking directly. According to Warehouse Hotel, one of these is that you can cancel if you need to. Most importantly, whoever answers the phone will have the inside scoop on deals and discounts. You can even ask for an in-state discount, which many local hotels offer.
- Choose accommodations that allow you to cook. When you need to focus on your nutrition, look for a rental that has a kitchen. Ideally, you also have access to a grill, so spend some time making delicious and nutritious dishes to enhance your away time.
- Pick a bed-and-breakfast. Bed and breakfasts are some of the most overlooked accommodations in any market. But, these offer plenty of value and, according to VRBO, unique rooms and personal attention. Plus, free breakfast.
Saving While You Stray
If you have more than just a few days to get away, consider hopping a flight and seeing the world. You’ll also want to keep yourself from a cash crunch here, too. Do that by:
- Booking an overnight flight. Overnight, or “red-eye,” flights are usually less expensive. Plus, it saves you hotel accommodations for at least one night. Get some rest by bringing along your new travel pillow.
- Avoiding the busy season. In the US, most places’ busy seasons are summer, spring break, fall break, and the holidays. Choose a location and go in the off-season. You may not have access to as many attractions, but you’ll save money and get to experience the town at its most authentic.
- Knowing where the locals eat. If you want to save money on dining out while you’re away, eat where the locals do (these locations don’t charge for hype). You’ll support farms in your vacation destination, and you’ll most likely get to experience food prepared by people from the area. If you’re not positive you’ve chosen the right place, look at the vehicle tags in the parking lot.
It doesn’t matter if you go away for a week or weekend, just go. The above tips can help you save money and reduce stress during your travels. Remember, the world won’t come to you, it’s up to you to see the world.Written by: Mark Harris of AwarenessToolkits.com