Aah, vacation time. The perfect reason to break away from your usual routine and explore new territory. Vacations can help you relax, de-stress and leave your cares behind for a few days as you restore your mental and physical health. However, many people make the mistake of over-packing their itinerary with dozens of activities, and end up returning even more worn out and tired than before the trip.
Make sure your vacation is not only memorable, but also one that will help you feel better when you return home with these travel tips:
Book Yourself a Spa Day
A day at the spa is the perfect way to relax and restore your energy when you’re on vacation. Settle in for a massage, rejuvenating facial or a much-needed body treatment at the hotel’s spa, or head to a local day spa for a day of pampering. You’ll enjoy a few hours of peace and tranquility, and may be able to take advantage of spa amenities including a sauna, steam room or whirlpool.
Choose a Single Activity for Each Day
Instead of booking up days of tours, excursions and activities, focus on just a singular activity that you can look forward to each day, and spend the rest of the time enjoying your surroundings. Running from one activity to the next can make it impossible to truly enjoy your vacation time, and the whole trip can end up becoming a stress-filled experience. Choose a single activity such as a guided tour, scuba diving lesson or a day at the nearby shopping plaza for each day of your trip so that you don’t get burned out!
Avoid buffet lines, fried foods and sugary treats throughout the day to keep your energy levels up and avoid vacation weight gain. Eating healthy, nutritious foods such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and lean protein throughout your vacation will help you ward off hunger pangs and can also keep away the pounds!
Enjoy the Hotel’s Amenities
You don’t have to hit the beach or make reservations at a restaurant when you take the time to enjoy some of the onsite amenities at the hotel or resort. Many properties have heated pools, gourmet dining venues, and state-of-the-art fitness centers on site, which means you can “stay in” for a day and still make the most of your vacation. This strategy can take the pressure off of making extra trips and travel arrangements.