There are two types of people on vacation, those who wake up at the crack of dawn to cram as many activities as possible and those who want to relax. If you fall under the latter category, this is just the travel guide you’ve been looking for.

With work and social commitments, life can feel overwhelming at times. And considering the tribulations of the past year, everyone deserves a vacation. Check out our expert tips for a laid-back vacation.

#1. Choose a Quaint Destination

To truly kick back, you need to choose a quaint destination. Any overly touristy or party spot is not ideal for a peaceful getaway. If you are seeking a beach vacation, we suggest exploring a place that has a ‘village feel’, like the Outer Banks town of Duck for example.  Along with some of the most beautiful family-friendly beaches, this picturesque town also has watersports and plenty of other activities to offer.

#2. Don’t Overplan

There’s no doubt that planning is key for a stress-free vacation. But that doesn’t mean you must plan your itinerary to a T. Instead of rushing to make different reservations, leave some of your schedule open.

#3. Unplug From Work

It can be difficult to get into vacation mode when you spend most of your days working. But remind yourself that you deserve a break! Set up an out-of-office message that will inform your colleagues and clients that you’re away from work. This way, you won’t feel anxious about not responding to emails.

#4. Choose Relaxing Activities

Just because you are planning a laid-back vacation doesn’t mean you have to stay in your room all day. You can still go out and enjoy various activities. We recommend lazing on the beach, planning a spa day, taking walks, and splurging on retail therapy.

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#5. Go on a Solo Trip

While group vacations are fun and a great bonding experience, they can also be extremely stressful. How about a solo trip? Going by yourself allows you to explore a place on your own terms and stick to activities that you love. It’s also an excellent confidence booster.

#6. Pack Minimal Tech

When Elon Musk called humans cyborgs because of our dependence on phones, he wasn’t wrong. For this vacation, make it a goal to minimize technology use. In fact, it would be best to leave most of your electronics behind. You don’t really need to carry your smartwatch, laptop, tablet, and other devices.

#7. Go Offline

Social media has become a permanent part of our lives. We have become addicted to constantly tweeting and Instagramming. Though it’s a way to stay connected, social media can negatively impact your mental health. We recommend going offline for the duration.

#8. Take an Old-School Camera

Take a polaroid or disposable camera to save yourself from obsessing over getting the perfect Instagram. There is something charming about not knowing how the photos will turn out.

#9. Try Meditation

Meditation is a highly beneficial practice for managing stress and overall well-being. For some people, sitting quietly and focusing on their breathing can be challenging. If that’s the case, you should give guided meditation a try. Headspace and Calm are two useful apps offering a wide range of meditation sessions.

#10. Get to know some New People

We know that making friends as adults is not easy. Use this opportunity to interact with fellow travelers and locals. And who knows, you might end up with new friends.

Whether you have a demanding job or family obligations, taking out time for a vacation probably wasn’t easy. That’s why you should make the most of this trip to unwind and revitalize. Taking time off can do wonders for your mental health and productivity.


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