While vacationing is meant to give us a break from the daily grind, the planning process can often feel like a chore and become a source of stress. In fact, 37% of vacationers have canceled or delayed a trip due to the stress of planning.
So how do we handle the stress of planning and actually get on with enjoying our vacation? To find, out, Wyndham Vacation Rentals asked more than 1,000 travelers what would make them less stressed. Heed their advice to ensure that you are vacation ready:
Don’t wait until the last minute to pack: Nearly two in three (65%) say not procrastinating on packing their bags would minimize stress. A week before your trip, make a complete list of everything you will need to pack. Make sure the clothing items are washed ahead of time, and pick up any extra essentials you will need to complete your list. It may help to make two separate lists: one with items you can pack ahead of time (like sunscreen and your bathing suits), and one that you will need to pack close to departure because you will be using them (like phone chargers and your tooth brush). You won’t forget anything, and you’ll reduce your stress as well.
Embrace space, clean clothes and closed doors: Nearly two-thirds of vacationers (62%) think booking accommodations with space and privacy would make their next vacation less stressful, and half of vacationers (50%) think that being able to do laundry would help. Vacation rental homes offer these for vacationers, plus added benefits like a kitchen and living area. The ability to find privacy in your own bedroom, and then rejoin the crew in shared living spaces can have a significant, positive impact on your psyche.
Plan for a buffer between work: Many travelers said taking extra time off work before or after your vacation would help. Most (64%) felt that taking an extra day off of work before the trip to take care of things would be a stress-buster, while 57% felt coming back a few days before you have to return to work would have a calming effect.
Power down: More than half (56%) of those surveyed felt not checking work email and voicemail reduces stress. And, nearly four in 10 said going without devices entirely would make the vacation less stressful. If cutting off devices completely isn’t realistic, you can create some separation by leaving your phone on silent or leaving it on the charger while you’re at the beach or at dinner. Limit checking devices to two 15-minute increments per day, and then refocus on enjoying your time away.
Sources: Vacation Ready Survey conducted by APCO Insight on behalf of Wyndham Vacation Rentals, 2017.