Stress-Free Holiday Planning

Is there such a thing as stress-free holiday planning? I think so! The whole point of going on holiday is to get away from the stress of every-day life. Not all of us can afford a foreign holiday every year. Many people just go camping for a week, or to another part of the country (on a 'staycation') to experience something different.
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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I normally feel overwhelmed and stressed while preparing for our holiday. We have 3 young kids, so remembering to pack everything, and making sure all loose ends are tied up back home, can take the joy out of planning (and going on) holiday. I have to admit that sometimes while preparing to go away (and we've had our holidays in the UK for some time now), I think, 'Why am I doing this? It would be easier to stay at home!'

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. 


Icy BC June 12, 2011 at 6:29 PM  

I found number three helpful! I didn't think of it before!

I made a list of things to pack, printed out and give it to each kid. They crossed out the chores as they go!

♥~Judy~♥ June 12, 2011 at 10:16 PM  

I have only been able to get away from home for one vacation in my life but this year I am planning something exciting. I am planning to ride to Detroit with my son to visit with Icy. I am so looking forward to this.

Anne Lyken-Garner June 12, 2011 at 11:26 PM  

Icy, great point about making a list. I'm going to add this to mine.

Anne Lyken-Garner June 12, 2011 at 11:26 PM  

Judy, this is great. Maybe one day I can visit both of you. It would be fantastic.

Keats The Sunshine Girl June 13, 2011 at 9:42 AM  

I LOVE hols. Don't we all? Going to a destination wedding this month - a bit stressed as have to look into the wardrobe - at least 6 sets of clothes! Looking forward to China in the latter part of the year.
Don't stay at home - go enjoy hols with the family and friends, if you can.

DoanLegacy June 13, 2011 at 12:15 PM  

I used to dread vacation since I always had to do all the chores anyway, but in an uncomfortable environment. Now, I just let loose..

Great tips..

Anne Lyken-Garner June 15, 2011 at 4:51 PM  

Keats, great advice. Even if you're just taking a break, visiting family, it's worth a change from the norm.

Anne Lyken-Garner June 15, 2011 at 4:52 PM  

DL, I'm with you. I'd rather not go on holiday if I'm just going to be doing the same, dull things with people I'm not comfortable with.

Blogger Broadcast July 4, 2011 at 10:06 AM  

Pretty funny about the postcards. Yes, before I used to get so stressed out about postcards and souvenirs on trips. It took away from the fun.

Anne Lyken-Garner is a published author, editor and freelance writer. Her specialities include relationships and confidence building. You can find her inspirational memoir here.
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