Summer is finally upon us. It’s an exciting time; the kids are out of school, the weather is nice, and we feel inspired to have some fun and let loose. Many of us like to spend the summer making travel plans and going to exciting places with friends and family. While the idea of traveling somewhere new can be exciting, it can also be a stressful endeavor. The stress of planning the perfect vacation, down to every detail, can be onerous and hang heavy in our lives. Sometimes we even forget that the whole point of going on vacation is to relax and have fun! This week, let’s leave all the stress behind and focus on how to really enjoy your time away, no matter where you’re going or who you’re with.
Here are some fun tips to keep in mind when planning your summer vacation and how you can make it the most stress-free and fun part of the summer. After all, Ralph Waldo Emerson did say, “Life is a journey, not a destination.”
1. Know what you want. Indecision can be the root of all anxiety when planning a summer excursion. Get clear on what you want, what you’re willing to spend your time and money doing, and with whom you’re willing to spend that time with. When you’re in alignment with your wants and desires, the rest of your planning will come easily.
2. Be organized. Once you have a clear view of what you’d like your trip to look like, do the proper research to find out everything you’ll need for your vacation.
3. Be prepared. Think ahead and make a list of all the items you’ll need ahead of time. There’s nothing worse than scrambling the day before a trip trying to find the proper items you need.
4. Let go of the small stuff. Life isn’t perfect; so don’t sweat about little bumps in the way. Sometimes these detours can end up bringing the most joy in life! Detach from your “ideal” outcome and allow life to flow.
5. Be present. We spend so much time worrying about our vacations being perfect; worrying about if everyone is happy and having a good time. By being fully present to each moment you can ensure happiness and joy throughout your time away.
6. Be open. Allow yourself to be receptive to new people, cultures, and places. Be open to learning and accepting that life has brought you to this place in this moment for a reason.
7. Show gratitude. So many times we get home from travel and feel like we need a vacation from our vacation. Offering up gratitude for the time you had away can make you feel at peace with your journey.
What have you found works best when you plan vacations with friends or family? Let us know!
Michelle is Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life's Creative Director and resident writer. She has a degree in Journalism from Indiana University and is also a certified holistic health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and registered yoga teacher with trainings with Anuttara Yoga Shala and Strala Yoga. Michelle has a deep desire to help people find happiness in all areas of their lives, and truly believes the Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life movement will bring lasting change to the world. Michelle splits her time between Florida and New York City and loves connecting with people from all over the world. If you'd like to contact her, she can be reached at email@example.com