Have you ever come back from the holiday like you needed a vacation? Or did you go into your house with a sense of fear after a trip? Or did you come to your holiday destination more stressed than when you left home? These things are avoidable. Whether you are on holiday not to do something, or if you are the type of traveler who comes with a military itinerary, there are a few things you should do before leaving home to maximize your enjoyment of the journey before, during and after It happens. Here's what to do.
Put fresh sheets on the bed
If you had the type of trip that made you never want to come home, you will feel better about your return to normality if it comes to soft, clean sheets. It's like coming to a hotel, but no one will make you check out at any given time. In the same way, make sure your house is clean and tidy before you go: when you come home from the hotel, "cleaning" you, so it is best if you can turn off the cleaning for a few days when you are back.
Buy breakfast food or at least coffee
The only thing worse than waking up jetlagged and hungry is to wake up and get hungry in a house without food. If you go on a short trip, store your fridge with breakfast food for your return. If it is a longer holiday, put some easily defrosting provisions in the freezer and make sure you have coffee. Also, go through the fridge and freeze or throw out anything that will take on your own life while you are away. "What is it that smells?" Shouldn't be someone's first word after a holiday.
Put gas in the car
Did you fail to buy breakfast food? At least you can drive to a dinner. And if you are to arrive at the job with an envious sunburn, you should probably be on time.
Manage your email messages
Don't save for the plane. The plan is to watch movies, sleep and go into a vacation style, which cannot be achieved if you try to balance a laptop on a retractable table while wondering about the slow inflight Wi-Fi.
Research where to go and make some plans
Don't spend your trip on your phone and find out which places you can see: spend it on those places. Of course you will make different choices when you have arrived, but you will become a more committed traveler if you already have an idea of what you want to do. You will also be a less crumpled traveler if you have any ideas on where to eat. Just because you can use the internet everywhere does not mean that you should.
Check your credit card for foreign transaction fees
Foreign transaction fees can be added during the trip, so it is best to avoid them if you can. If you do not travel frequently, it is worthwhile to let your credit card company know where you will be. If your major purchases are normally at Whole Foods Market © in Chicago, a large restaurant bill in Morocco can lead to a frozen credit card.
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Request an early check-in
Your hotel or Airbnb © can say no, but it doesn't take much to ask. Arriving after a long flight and being able to unpack or take a quick nap is a good start to a trip. If an early check-in is not possible, consider changing clothes in the handbag so you do not have to snatch your suitcase in the hotel lobby.
Take pictures of your passport and email them to yourself
Because sometimes bad things happen to good people. (Did we mention that we are a life insurance company?)
And finally … don't do any of this this night before leaving
Travel can carry you out, even though it often causes a lot of sitting, so if you have been until midnight the night before cleaning the stove, you feel you need a holiday before it even begins. If you arrive at the airport, you are already half way to where you want to be, but far away.
Michael Davis is a freelance writer and editor who has covered everything from fashion and music to parenting, work and finance. He has been a chef, restaurateur and record company owner. Opinions are his own. Sponsored by the Haven Life Insurance Agency.
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