How to Make This the Most Relaxing Holiday Yet
Written by: Henry Moore of FitWellTraveler
If you’ve been overly stressed recently and feel even more stress thinking about the upcoming holiday, you need to give yourself the gift of a holiday escape. Rather than spend your holiday vacation cleaning, decorating, and cooking, you should hit the road and take advantage of the relaxing vacation you deserve instead of the hectic holiday that you experience every year.
1. Pick the Most Stress-Free Holiday Vacation Destination
The trick to a truly relaxing vacation is to pick a destination that will help you relax instead of making you feel stress. For example, if you hate the thought of heading to the city to visit relatives this holiday because of the crowds and the noise, you should head to a beach for the holiday instead.
Most beaches are significantly less crowded during the holidays, so you’re safe to assume that you will avoid large crowds and the hustle and bustle associated with the holiday if you vacation in a place that welcomes you to relax with your toes in the sand.
Some of the best stress-free holiday vacation destinations include the Alabama beaches, Panama City Beach, Florida, and Destin, Florida. The Alabama beaches are peaceful and serene during the day with white sand and turquoise water. For a slow-paced holiday escape, choose the Gulf Shore’s historic sites and Gulf State Park or Dauphin Island’s bird watching and historic Fort Gaines. Or, if you want to enjoy shopping, choose Fairhope for its unique art galleries and boutiques. If deep-sea fishing and an exciting nightlife scene sound like an ideal way to spend your holiday vacation, Orange Beach is the place for you.
Panama City Beach, and Destin, Florida, are two other fantastic destinations for your holiday escape, especially if you want to relax by having fun with your family. Panama City Beach offers a litany of attractions, from arts and cultural events, to hot nightlife spots, to spas. Vacation rentals in Panama City Beach can accommodate your entire family or you and your partner for the holiday. Many of them offer breathtaking views of the white sands and crystal blue water, too.
On the other hand, if you want to take a solo trip and relax in the “world’s luckiest fishing village,” then Destin, Florida, is where you should go. Destin’s white beaches, world-famous fishing, and world-class resorts are just a few of the reasons to visit this part of the Gulf of Mexico in northwest Florida. The shopping and dining are the others.
2. Take the Stress Out of Visiting Relatives
If you can’t talk your family into taking a trip to the beach for the holiday, you can talk yourself into making a visit to your relatives less stressful. One of the main reasons people don’t relax at the holidays is they try to fit too much into their short time away with their families. In fact, going back home for the holiday will be far more relaxing if you prioritize people and activities ahead of time.
One trick is to avoid announcing your visit on social media, so you won’t have to spend your time warding off visits with acquaintances from high school. Another trick is to get your family together under one roof so you can avoid making several trips to see everyone and not having any time to yourself to relax.
Another way to make a holiday visit with relatives less stressful is to book a stay at a hotel, vacation rental, or resort in town rather than staying with them. Even the closest families need some time apart during the holiday, and the best way to ensure you will have time to yourself to unwind and relax is to book a stay in a place of your own. You’ll also have a much more relaxing holiday vacation if you can sleep on a plush bed rather than on your relative’s couch.
Whether you are planning a getaway with a partner to a Gulf Coast beach, are hoping to take a solo fishing trip, or want to visit relatives this holiday, you need to be proactive in making sure your holiday escape will be as stress-free as possible. Plan to pick a destination or accommodations that will help you unwind and get the most of your vacation.