Year after year, families all over the world go on vacation. Some go for the road trip, some to the beach or a famous amusement park, and others to a quiet cabin or tent in the woods. Wherever you choose to go, most of the time you and your family are attempting to get away from the humdrum routine of bills, tantrums, and a strict schedule. These are things we refer to as responsibility and we do our best to stay prepared for every situation. However, many of us forget that it pays to stay prepared even on vacation. Here are a few ways you can make that happen.
You are on vacation. Prepare yourself to take a break from being at everyone’s beck and call. Don’t make yourself as reachable as you normally would. We all need certain connections to remain open. Maybe you have aging parents you need to keep in touch with or maybe you and your honey decided to take the weekend away and you need to reachable to the babysitter. Those things are understandable, but to the rest of society, leave a Dear John letter for the time you will be away. Have it state when you will be out of town and when you will be back. You can even leave an emergency phone number. Stress that it is for emergencies ONLY. This note can take the form of a letter in Messenger, a voice mail, or a note on your front door.
Have a Backup Plan
We all dream of the perfect vacation where we get to stay up late, sleep in, lay out in the sun, and just not worry about the schedule so much, but this is life. Things happen. Unexpected catastrophes that threaten the peace of our getaway. For example, you decided to take a break and getaway to California all the way from Oklahoma. Unfortunately, your car broke down. You learn you need a new head gasket. You know how to do the work, but you need to get the parts and get them yesterday. Knowing you can get the parts online ahead of time will save you some time, money, and stress and make your vacation go a little smoother.
Prepare Your Home
When leaving home for a while, there are several things that you can and should do before you go that can leave you stress free when on your trip. Always make sure pets are somewhere they will be well taken care of. Water the plants, make sure all your lights are out, and that your thermostat is set two to three degrees warmer or cooler, depending on the season, so that you don’t waste money on your electric bill while you are gone. Make sure your house is clean before you go. Vacationing can leave you exhausted. The last thing you want to do is to come home to a dirty house.
Taking a break every now and then is a necessity. Being stressed and worried about the life you are trying to rest from is unacceptable. Make sure to follow the tips above and you will insure a peaceful getaway on your next vacation.
Originally posted on August 5, 2017 @ 1:50 pm