The distance from home or the cost of the holiday means nothing at all. These factors don't contribute to the holiday fun in the least. Spending time with the family, having fun, relaxing and doing different things determine how stress-free we'll be at the end of the holiday. Of course, good weather helps.
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This year I plan to have a different mindset. I've put together a plan of action (10 points) to make my holiday-planning and holiday stress-free (or at least less stressful than before).
Tricks to make your holiday planning stress-free
1. I'm getting everyone to do their bit. The kids can pack their own clothes for once. It won't be the end of the world if they have no socks or pants to wear when we get there. A large part of the stress from holiday planning comes from packing for the kids.
2. The point of the holiday is not that we have every comfort. It's for fun. So what if we forget the sunscreen. They're not that expensive. We're on holiday!
3. Take loads of Vitamin C and eat super well before the holiday to avoid crashing when my body finally relaxes. Do the same for kids and hubby.
4. Pack less. Give everyone some overnight clothes in their back-pack. If our luggage gets lost, at least we have a change of clothes, so we won't stink up the place.
5. Make sure someone's staying in the house so I'm not worrying about it while away. (I stress about the house when I'm on holiday).
6. Make a point to do different things. No computer! The phone goes on only for an hour each day. My oldest is certainly NOT taking her game thingie.
7. Give the kids some more freedom. Say, 'Whatever' instead of no. As long as they're safe, let them string their hair down a bit.
8. Give everyone a say in what we do when on holiday. This includes me!
9. Get the kids baby sitters and go off and leave them. Be young and immature again. We're on holiday - a stress free holiday!
10. Forget the post cards! Whatever. It's my holiday. So what if I forget to send friends postcards. I'm not taking half an hour shopping, another half an hour to write postcards and address envelopes, then find a post office to buy stamps.
Are you going on holiday? Which one of these points do you think will be most helpful to you? See other articles related to family and friends on this blog.