By Elli Davis, September 24, 2010
Photo by Archway Andres
Even holidays, vacations and trips we look forward to can cause us a lot of stress. We have to shop, pack, book the tickets, find a place to stay and while we are away, we also worry about our home. No, I am not going to offer you a flawless working recipe on how to have an absolutely stress-less vacation, but I hope to give you a couple of tips which could be helpful.
Timeshare: It is likely you have heard about this “method”. It can make your travel preparations less complicated due to the fact that you do not have the stress of finding and booking a hotel. Buying a timeshare basically means that at a given time, you have access to your share in a property. You can choose one almost anywhere, invest and eventually enjoy it. For more details about the topic, I am planning to write an article solely about timeshares in the near future.
Plan: Timeshare is usually carefully planned quite a long time before the actual holiday. To moderate the amount of stress, not only the accommodation but everything else should be planned in advance. There are only a few people who actually make their plans well in advance, giving them many months to complete anything else at a calm and steady pace. Usually, senseless and a little desperate shopping trips are taken about two days before the trip itself. These trips are a great source of stress and anxiety. Stop that!
Write a list: Lists are priceless, they really are. Relax a little at home, sit down, think about what exactly has to be done and bought before the trip and write it down. Take the list with you everywhere. It is always fantastically helpful and not only in the case of travelling somewhere. Many people write lists all the time to be organized.
Check: Is your passport still valid? Do you have the tickets? Check everything, including electricity, gas and all the machines before leaving your home. Even before the date of departure, try to keep all important documents in one place so that you will remember where they are. The last thing you want to be doing is searching for them hours before going away – that time is usually stressful enough without having to search for something important.
Home: Do not forget to lock and secure your home, but leave the keys with someone who can take care of the place, the grass or the flowers while you are gone. You should have someone you trust to look after your house in the case of emergency; so that you won’t spend your vacation worrying about whether your home is okay.
Since the summer vacation season is almost over, many of you have probably had some recent travel experiences. Have you ever done anything special that you think made your trip much easier? If so, share your thoughts, don’t be shy, I am looking forward to reading them.