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5 Ways to Relax More on Vacation


Did you know that July is National Vacation Rental Month? It is that perfect time of year for family vacations now that nearly all schools are out and there are tons of vacation rental properties offering a range of valuable benefits for all travelers.  Our family tries to escape at least for a long weekend every July. It’s a great way to recharge ourselves and relax.  However, relaxing is sometimes a challenge when taking a vacation away from home. We are our own worse enemy when it comes to enjoying ourselves. If we aren’t worried about the money we are spending on vacation, we are worried about what’s happening in the office, or how we are going to possibly get all the laundry done before having to return to work once we get home. It’s a never ending battle, but I’ve come up with five ways to help you relax and enjoy your time away….


5 Ways to Relax More on Vacation

1. Pick the right place.

Sometimes a hotel room just isn’t enough. It’s great to get away, but if you are really wanting to relax it’s so much better to have the extra space, privacy and often times greater savings you can find with vacation rentals. Admit it, sometimes we just need a few minutes to recharge and escape and when you book a vacation rental many times the properties have fully-equipped kitchens, living rooms, and multiple bedrooms to hide in accommodate everyone. Places like Wyndham Vacation Rentals’ properties offer a range of valuable benefits for all types of travelers and they even have the added bonus of hotel-like amenities at many of its properties such as shuttle service, a concierge desk, and housekeeping.

Finding the right place can definitely help you relax!

2. Do it ahead of time.

Don’t wait until the last minute.  Find a place where you can book ahead of time and know that you are covered.  The Wyndham Vacation Rentals is backed by the Vacation Rental Bill of Rights, an industry-first service pledge that lets you know they are there for you before, during and after your stay. Rest assure doing things ahead of time is key to enjoying your next vacation.  It’s not just about the booking ahead of time, but planning too.  Which leads to the next thing on the list….

3. Find family members top picks.

Deciding where to go and what to do can be difficult for family vacations because everyone likes something different. One way to take the stress out of the trip is to have everyone write down 3 things they want to do while on vacation and then picking one thing from every list to incorporate into the trip.  Whether it means laying by the pool on Monday because that’s what Jeanette wants to do or going snorkeling on Tuesday because that’s what James wants to do, giving everyone a little something makes for peaceful times. However, don’t plan too much….


4. Plan a free day.

Pick a day to do nothing. Those are the days when you it really forces you to relax. Maybe during your down time you’ll catch up on some of the laundry if you are staying in a vacation rental so that when you get home there is one less thing to do. Maybe you will read a good book while the kids enjoy the pool or maybe you’ll just nap. Whatever it is enjoy it!

One of the benefits of staying in a vacation rental is that you aren’t cramped in a tiny room with 2 beds, a desk, and TV so if you just want to hang out in your room you don’t have to be on top of each other and if you want to enjoy the access to a full kitchen you can prepare a “home cooked” family meal to enjoy on your free day.


5. Schedule down time.

Doing things with the family can be exhausting when you schedule back-to-back activities. Be sure to leave time in your daily schedule to recharge! Maybe it’s a light lunch in the vacation rental or maybe you have a “free” night.  Whatever you decide, just make sure there is some time each day when you have NOTHING to do!

All these tips on relaxing will only happen if you let it. Vacations can be fun and filled with activities without being stressful and while still including a lot of time to relax. There is nothing worse than coming home from a vacation feeling like you need a vacation.

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  1. mary ambrosino says

    great vacay tips

  2. I think your last tip about scheduling down time is a good one. Oh and I love when the hotels make those swans out of the bath towels!… I wouldn’t expect it at a vacation rental so that is really cool to see. I think we will be looking at this roomier option for our next vacay!

  3. I love a good vacation, there’s nothing better than enjoying the surroundings you’re in. I definitely agree about having a free day!

  4. Great tips! I ALWAYS make sure to plan a rest day during my trips. It’s fun to just relax at the hotel and “do nothing.”

  5. Great tips! Planning a down day is a great point. It’s always nice to have a day to recharge during an active vacation.

  6. Awesome tips! I stress way too much, and pregnancy is taking it’s toll on me. I need a vacation ASAP, and will definitely try and relax more, using some of your tips!

  7. I totally agree with letting everyone have a say in the vacation activities. When the kids were little, it was no big deal. But now that they’re older, they really do want to have a part in choosing our itinerary. And of course, then they enjoy it that much more!

  8. We are going to Orlando for Thanksgiving this year and I am currently looking into places to stay. I am going to have to look into Wyndham.

    Great tips, I agree that having down time is key for any vacation.

  9. I totally agree, it’s so important to have a free day. This way you actually feel like you are relaxing! Thanks for sharing!

  10. I have never rented a vacation home, I assume its so much better because you have so many more amenities. I too think its great to schedule down time during the vacation just so you don’t have that feeling like you need a vacation after your vacation when you get back. Maybe we’ll be able to do this one day.

  11. I could see myself trying a vacation rental. I’d like to squeeze as much relaxation as possible out of my vacations.

  12. I totally need to learn to relax more and especially on vacation! I think I need another vacation right away!

  13. I totally agree with your list, particularly #5. Sometimes, going on a vacation is stressful when all you got to do is to move from one place to another and engage in physical activities. I don’t know with others but my idea of a perfect vacation is not necessarily travel but relaxation and rest. Kudos! I love your post!

  14. These are great vacation tips. Planning a free day sounds like a great idea. I need to relax more during vacations.

  15. CourtneyLynne says

    OMG such great tips!!! Having a free day is so important. You always end up discovering something you want to do! Even if it’s an extra pool at your resort that you wanna go sit by 😉

  16. These are great tips! I sometimes struggle with relaxing during vacations due to everything going on and plans we have made.

  17. I love this post! We going on vacation next week so I’m definitely going to use your tips. Perfect timing for me.

  18. I sometimes come back from vacation more tired than when I left. These are all great ideas and I always try to plan at least one free day.

  19. My husband needs to read this post. He is always so stressed about flights, our schedule…pretty much everything!

  20. I’m such a procrastinator when it comes to planning vacation stays! I’ll book the ticket ahead of time just not the room or place, lol.

  21. All good advice! I think it’s a great idea to schedule some down time to just enjoy yourself. We usually come back tired from vacation because we did so much.