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  • Writer's pictureErin Meharg

Vacation Stress?

Does planning a vacation stress you out? It’s that time of year, summer is officially here. Do you have vacation plans? Will you travel near or far? By car or plane? How much will this trip cost you? What activities will you be doing when you get there? Don’t let all the details of your vacation stress you out! A vacation is supposed to relieve you of all your stress, not add to it.

Planning a vacation can definitely be overwhelming, especially if you have a lot of details to sort through. But don't worry, I'm here to help! To make things easier, I suggest breaking down the planning process into smaller tasks. Here are some steps you might find helpful:

Deciding if there is enough money in the budget for a staycation or vacation.
STAYcation or Vacation?

Step 1: Vacation Budget

Let's get the hard part out of the way and deal with it. Rather your budget is big or small, there is something out there that you can do to take time out for a vacation. Here in texas there are so many options close by and far away that can fit just about any budget. If money is tight this year, you could start planning for next year in advance. In the meantime, schedule a staycation, even if that means unplugging from work, catching up on reading, and juts relaxing at home. Know that you deserve a break!

map with camera and a magnifying glass, hat, sunglasses, and coffee.
Decide on your destination.

Step 2: Decide On Your Destination

Think about the type of vacation you want (relaxing, adventurous, etc.). Research potential destinations and choose one that fits your preferences and budget. If you are planning on doing some actual travel to a resort type destination, look into using a travel agent for help and special deals to save money.

July 2023 calendar with vacation stickers marking the dates to schedule off for vacation.
Schedule your time off.

Step 3: Set Your Travel Dates

Check your work and personal schedules to determine the best time to travel.Consider factors such as weather, crowds, and peak travel times.

computer screens showing booking information for travel.
Always book in advance!

Step 4: Book Your Accommodations & Transportation

Research different lodging options (hotels, vacation rentals, etc.) and choose one that fits your needs and budget. Book your flights or car rental in advance to get the best deals. If you are choosing to drive your own vehicle, look at scheduling any car maintenance in advance and have a trusted mechanic check out your car to make sure it is travel worthy. Always check with your destination if there are any parking fees. You might also want to map out your trip and account for any toll roads you may need to take.

vacation type activities like kayaking, horseback riding, snorkeling, snow skiing, bike, golfing, and museums.
Plan your activities.

Step 5: Plan Your Activities

Research activities at your destination (museums, tours, outdoor activities, etc.). Make a list of things you want to do and prioritize them based on your interests and schedule. It’s important to account for any entry and parking fees. Know before you go!

Vacation packing list and examples of luggage being packed and then packed in a car or waiting to get on a plane.
Make a packing list.

Step 6: Pack It Up

Make a list ahead of time of what types of clothing you will need. Consider the places you will be going, especially when it comes to foot wear. You do not want to be wearing uncomfortable shoes if you will be doing a lot of walking. Another factor to keep in mind is HOW you are traveling. If by plane, check out the baggage options (and fees), if by car, you may have more room, thus can pack more stuff.

I just touched on the 6 key steps that can help you plan your vacation. Remember, planning a vacation is supposed to be fun! Don't let the details stress you out. Take it one step at a time, and soon enough, you'll be on your way to a well-deserved break!

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