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How to Prepare for an Extended Vacation

How to Prepare for an Extended Vacation

Most people think of vacation as a time to relax and get away from work. But if you are not careful, it can be just the opposite.

You have been waiting to take this vacation, so not only are you in desperate need of this time away, but you are also thinking about how you are going fulfil those pre-vacation tasks before you take your break.

Hopefully, you have booked what you need to before setting off, whether you have secured a room at a Roost Tampa extended stay hotel or you have hired a tent to go camping with. Fingers crossed you have crossed all the ‘T’s’ and dotted the ‘I’s’.

So, if you are just about ready to set off, then here are four tips to help you make the most of your extended vacation.

Set realistic expectations

Just because you are on vacation does not mean that everything will be perfect. Things can go wrong, and you may not be able to do everything you want to do. That is okay! Setting realistic expectations will help you enjoy your vacation more and avoid disappointment.

Your happiness will be high and you may be trying to fit in all the ‘positive’ things you want to do, however, whilst it is great to have good expectations, too many can hinder your enjoyment and descend your vacation into a frustrating one, especially if there are blocks in the way that stop you doing what you want to do with people acting up.

Understand that issues will come up, accept that, and move on. If you can do this, you will enjoy yourself more as you will not be focused on the bad during the situation but on the opportunities to alter what you wanted to do, sort of like an adventure!

Plan ahead

The more you plan ahead, the less stressed you will be on vacation. Decide what you want to do each day and make reservations for activities in advance. This will help you make the most of your time and avoid long lines or sold-out attractions.

This is different than setting expectations, as something that is planned and secured is a good thing to aim for, but if you expect it to be great, then you will be disappointed when it does not meet that. 

Planning is more for setting a roadmap for your vacation and following it to the best of your ability. It offers some sort of structure that can get you to try out new things.

Pack what you need

You do not need to pack your entire wardrobe when you go on vacation. Just bring a few changes of clothes and some essential toiletries. This will save you time and money, and it will be one less thing to worry about while you are away.

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You can find vacation packing tips online that will give you a rundown on what you should bring, whether it is short or long, it can provide you with a checklist to go by if you need to have some assistance with your packing, as sometimes we miss an essential item due to focusing solely on the main items.


This is the most important tip of all. A vacation is supposed to be a time to relax, so do not try to do too much. Sit back, enjoy the scenery, and take some time for yourself. You will be glad you did.

Even if you are going with people, it is still your vacation, so if you want to take some time away when you need it, do it. You can do something you know you will like individually and come back to your group refreshed.


By following these tips, you can make sure that your extended vacation is everything you want it to be. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip today!

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