Make the Vacation Relaxing…before and after the travel
Posted 7/18/2014 by Rich Piatt

Make the Vacation Relaxing…before and after the travel

by Rich Piatt 

Many of us work very hard and deservedly have earned a vacation.  Research shows time off from work to re-energize is a benefit to us both from a health standpoint and in being a more productive worker in the long run.


Unfortunately a vacation often brings as much stress as is relieved from the time off.  Reasons for this additional stress can include a myriad of challenges, including unexpected delays in travel and unaccounted for expenses.  There have been many a time one comes back from vacation asking themselves ‘I am not sure it was worth it?’. 


Planning for a vacation can help reduce unneeded stress.  A couple of suggestions include:

  • Plan your vacation route and each day in detailincluding down time:…don’t let the day get away from you because the travel took longer than expected, traffic was worse than anticipated, or finding a descent place to eat was not close to the highway being traveled.
  • Spend time listing all expenses:  Transportation, housing, and food are obvious costs that are usually accounted for, but there are some fairly significant costs that are often overlooked.  Examples of costs that can cause surprises include; tolls, higher than expected taxes and fees for motel stays, and parking.  As an example on a recent trip I spent $12 on one toll way, ran into a city where the motel tax was an additional 3%, and had to pay $40 to park for the afternoon….about $65 in unanticipated expenses. 
  • Pare Back:  After laying out your detailed vacation plan from both a time and expense standpoint, try to cut back on 1-2 planned events during the vacation to allow for more down time and increase your vacation budget by 7-10% to account for unexpected expenses.


A goal of a vacation is to come back ‘relaxed’.  Taking the time upfront to layout all the events including time for R&R and having the trip paid for in advance will allow one to come back from vacation refreshed, versus what we have all often felt from our travel at times…”I need a vacation to rest from my vacation”.

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