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Six great ideas for a well planned summer holiday!

2011-06-24 19:11 (comments: 0)

The summer holidays are round the corner and, as I often hear from my friends and relatives, even this can lead to stress and tension. This is why I have put together the following six points which can help you make the best of your holidays!

 

  1. When you are choosing your holiday destination (and if you’ve already chosen one, just apply this advice to the activities there) ask yourself: “What would really do me good?” And if you are traveling with your family or friends, ask what would do you all good. Try to think out of the box here (don’t go for obvious choices like the beach or a golf resort) and look at things like these: relaxation, fun, love, adventure, enrichment, culture, unknown, movement, harmony… Thinking in this direction will inspire you and stimulate your creativity and you will become aware of your wishes. And once you know what would make you happy, you can decide on the right activities. Another good question is “What would make this holiday special and worth remembering?”.  Immediately you will get more from your holidays!
  2. Treat yourself to a real holiday. More and more people seem to be thinking that they must be available and on stand-by for their colleagues, management or their customers even though they are on vacation. Are you really so important that if you aren’t available for two weeks or so the whole world will fall apart? One of my clients was honestly surprised to find out that his office hadn’t fallen apart even though he was away for quite a while due to a heart attack. All the problems had been solved without him and everything was under control even though he hadn’t been there to take care of things. When you truly take the time off, your colleagues, your team and your stand-in all get the chance to prove themselves. This is good for everyone!
     
  3. Make sure that there is smooth transition from the daily grind and into the holidays! If you’ve had a lot of stress recently then you are probably high on adrenaline and you will have to to work it out of your system before you will be able to fully relax. Try to move a bit more in the first days of your holiday to reduce the adrenaline. Otherwise the difference from doing too much to doing little will be too big. It is also advisable to make sure that the expectations of all people who are on the holiday with you are clear and realistic. If you know that you are going with somebody who reacts nervously to travelling, you can prepare accordingly and avoid tension this way. You can try to be very relaxed and hope that this will rub off on the nervous person and relax them, too.
     
  4. If you are going with somebody else, buy a new game or new sport equipment. This will stimulate the play instinct and it will open the doors to fun and lightness. When I talk to people who want to change something in their lives they often put fun and lightness on the top of their list. In such setup you will see the other players in a new light and this relaxed atmosphere and closeness can create new experiences for everybody. Would this work for you? When was the last time you bought a new social game or played badminton or went bowling?
     
  5. Put a new twist on sightseeing! It can be great fun to ask everybody to select their favorite place to see or even to plan a day trip to this destination. Then, they could gather information about this place and act as a guide for this particular site. Everybody will learn more and will be active and everybody will have a fair chance to see their dream place.
     
  6. When we are on vacation we leave the daily life behind. We spend our days differently. We eat different food and drink different beverages. All this can be a great opportunity to relax but also to get inspiration. Learn something new! It can be waterskiing, archery, pottery, climbing, painting or playing drums. When we take on new things we use new areas in our brain, we build new synapses, we leave our comfort zone and we extend our horizon. And perhaps this way we can even find a new hobby which will bring us happiness and joy long after the holiday – all this in a relaxing and stress-free atmosphere. 
     

I hope I have been able to inspire you to think about your next holiday and to consider ways in which you can turn it into an unforgettable experience. In the time of All-inclusive-holidays you can benefit from a custom-made trip put together to suit your preferences and taste!

And with that I wish you a wonderful summer holiday and I’m myself taking a few weeks off. All the best and happy summer break everybody!

 

 

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When you get right down to it, what we all need is a place to go... A place where we can escape the noise of our lives and just relax.

 

Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka and Toshihiro Kawabata

 

Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.

 

Miriam Beard

 

I have found adventure in flying, in world travel, in business, and even close at hand... Adventure is a state of mind - and spirit.

 

Jacqueline Cochran

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