How to Relax on Vacation

 So, we spend all this time planning our vacation, then we have to get everything ready at work before we leave and pack without forgetting anything. At this point, we are tired and truly ready for a break. Now all we have to do is truly relax on vacation, so how do we do that? The goal is to return from vacation feeling well rested and refreshed. Of course, you want to make the most of your trip but still find time to relax on vacation. 

Get Outdoors

Get outdoors and enjoy the adventure. Whether it is a good hike, taking a stroll, soaking up the scenery, outdoors is the best way to relax your mind and body. Enjoying the beauty of nature, can be incredibly healing and calming. On my last visit to Hocking Hills, I took the time to hit the trails, experience the cascading waterfalls and be present for the experience of exploring the mesmerizing caves. There’s a whole world out there to explore, all you have to do is relax and experience the moments

Be Present and Mindful 

Taking in the sights, sounds and scents while walking around is a great way to relax and immerse yourself during the trip. Put your phone down, limit your devices and just be in the moment. There’s so much to see and you can truly enjoy the experience if you are fully present. Take it all in, take time to truly notice things. Walking around, hiking and bike riding is a great way to explore and get a true sense of your environment. Being present and practicing mindfulness will immediately cause your body to slow down, reduce stress and you will feel more relaxed than you have in a long time. 

Do A Mini Splurge While You Relax on Vacation 

Splurge a bit. You have worked hard all year and deserve a splurge. Choose a unique lodging experience so you get the full benefit of your vacation and get to experience something new and exciting. Pick a night and do a dinner splurge. There are ways to save, if you stay in a lodging place with a BBQ then you can grill 1 night and it will balance out. There are also a ton of things you can do at little or no cost. A great hike, a bike share, strolling the area soaking up the local scene is sure to make for memorable experiences. 

Spontaneous Trip 

Take a spontaneous last minute long weekend getaway road trip. That way, there’s not a lot of planning involved and you can just hit the road. Columbus Ohio is only an hour and fifteen minutes from Hocking Hills State Park. Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and West Virginia are only two to three hours away and Michigan is about a 4 hour drive. Road trips are fun, it is great to do something spontaneous once in a while. 

We only have so many springs, winters, summers, and falls to enjoy on this earth. I have traveled a lot over the years and some of my most memorable experiences have been just relaxing, soaking up new experiences and enjoying time with the people I care about. 

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