How to take the hassle out of your holiday
Monday, 5 November 2012
Holidays are good for you : fact. In research carried out by Rotterdam University it was discovered that holidays can boost wellbeing for up to two weeks after returning home, as was reported in a 2010 feature in The Telegraph.
With this in mind and the winter fast approaching, it’s not surprising that many of us are thinking of escaping for a winter sun break or planning our getaway for 2013. However, the research carried out also stated that in order for the holiday to have the maximum benefit it had to be “very relaxing”, so once your holiday is booked it’s worth ensuring that all your holiday essentials are purchased and packed before setting foot on the plane.
Throwing the contents of your wardrobe into a suitcase the morning of your flight might seem the simplest thing to do, but proper planning and organisation will ensure your holiday is stress and hassle free.
Buying the proper travel accessories is a wise investment; purchasing a good quality suitcase for example is important for a number of reasons. High quality luggage with strong fastenings and safety locks will help ensure the security and protection of your possessions; seeing your week’s wardrobe tumbling onto the muddy pavement as you hop out of the taxi at the airport because of a faulty lock will not get your holiday off to a flying start.
It’s also worth taking the trauma out of transfers by choosing suitcases with wheels or purchasing a trolley; not only will this make life a lot easier, it’ll also prevent any unnecessary strain on the neck and back.
Having the right luggage is important but that’s just the start. To ensure your flight is a comfortable one, it’s smart to invest in a few items such as a neck pillow, ear plugs and flight socks, to help prevent deep vein thrombosis and ease swelling.
Other items to add to your holiday packing hit-list include adaptors. There’s nothing more frustrating than arriving at your holiday villa or business hotel and realising you can’t plug in your hairdryer or boot up your laptop to check those all-important presentation notes.
Buying a universal adaptor is a wise investment and pre-purchasing will save you time, effort and money in the long run.
Once on holiday and settled in to your accommodation you’ll want to explore your surroundings. While it’s nice to go with the flow, there’s nothing more frustrating than wasting time deciding which attraction to see, or getting home only to discover that you’ve missed out on seeing an amazing little church in Bruges or sampling the best tapas in a backstreet restaurant in Barcelona. Buying a selection of maps or guidebooks beforehand will prevent this, and it’s a fun way of preparing and psyching up for your holiday.
Time away is precious and enormously beneficial to our personal happiness, so why ruin it with lack of preparation. Just a little planning and internet research will enable you to find all the accessories you’ll need to make your holiday a relaxing and memorable one. It’s worth checking out online retailers that offer a complete range of holiday essentials, rather than having to buy from various different sites or shops, as this will save you time and effort.
Once all the planning is done all you need to do is pack your bags, get on the plane and enjoy your hassle free holiday.
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