Momma Told Me: It's a vacation, not a death sentence.
Let's be real. Travel is a bundle of stress wrapped around a fleeting escape from the ordinary. Studies show that the anticipation of a good thing, such as a vacation, can begin having a positive effect on our health from the moment we put our mind to the plans. But those same studies don't consider all of the time, phone calls, and lists that will be made from Point A to Point B. And I am a nervous traveler, in the plane/train/automobile I worry non-stop about whether I have locked the door properly, left enough food for the cat, or forgotten a crucial packing element like toothpaste or a hair dryer.
Upon arrival my stress wanes only a little; now the time has come to go over the details, the 'plans' of one's vacation. There are meals to consider, timing to figure out, and the logistics of cramming as much into a short period of time as possible. And, when I put it that way, it doesn't seem too relaxing does it? One of the secrets I've found to a more enjoyable vacation is to plan an authentic experience. This may mean, while you have an idea of the things there are to do, you also understand that there may be a plethora of other things to discover and explore once you get there. But you can't just jump into a random city, state, or continent and expect for things to go smoothly.
Not only can you cut down on some of the stress, and 'dislocated' feel of staying in a cold and clinical hotel, but you will have a real genuine slice of the locale outside your window every day. And how handy is it to be able to ask about the best restaurants and lookouts from someone who has actually experienced them? Goodbye tacky lobby brochures!
Would you ever consider booking someone's guest room or house for your vacation?
What Daughter Says: Sometimes we get wrapped up in all the planning and details that we forget to enjoy the world outside our window.