Tips for Having a Stress-free Vacation

If you wish to have a stress-free vacation, you need to think about what creates that stress in the first place. Moreover, whatever the cause of stress, learn to accept those little errors and gaffes, as no holiday is gonna be fun to remember without them.
Avoid Planning the Entire Tour Yourself
Couple planning last minute vacation
Let someone else do the planning for you, as it may create stress before, during, and even after vacation. You don’t wanna feel responsible for having to wait for a hotel room at 10 in the night, for some silly payment confusion, etc. And, later regret not handing it over to the agency (now knowing exactly what they charge the commission for!).

Do More Research
Family outside a restaurant
Read reviews by people who actually visited the place you’re going to. Find out as much as possible about the place, lifestyle, weather, transport, certain peculiarities you would like to experience; all this before leaving, so you are equally well prepared for the happening and not-so-happening moments.
Don’t Aim at Maximum Sightseeing
Family clicking picture in front of Eiffel tower
Keep it flexible and don’t try hitting a 10/10 when you visit tourist attractions at a given destination. Plan a longer trip if need be, but don’t rush yourselves. In fact, if you are really looking forward to ‘relaxing’, you should choose less crowded places and enjoy your way (basically avoid those long waiting lines for something like a ‘light and sound show’).

Plan for Emergencies
Family with grandparents on vacation
When traveling with kids or elderly people, make sure you have a plan in case of a health emergency. You may wanna pack the luggage accordingly; that includes not just medicines, but something like medical history. Also, keep enough time to waste/spare a day or half so that they can take a break.
Decide Rules for Group Travel
Friends traveling together, discussing at restaurant
Traveling can get a little difficult with strangers or acquaintances. Know that everyone will have a different preference, and let that be accepted as rule. Let each one choose how he/she wants to go around the place, and probably meet up for lunch or dinner somewhere later on. You might even end up going to the same places at the same time, and like it that way.

Avoid Taking Work Along
Man on beach with laptop
This requires reverse-planning, and great execution too. Plan a vacation at the right time, which means, at the time you can afford to take a break from office. Give your boss or colleagues a plan for your absence, and accordingly finish your pending tasks before you leave. Decide when, if you must be in contact with them, and keep it minimum. Remember why you’re on a vacation!