One way to know you’re trying to do too much is if you’re feeling in a hurry, anxious, or worried while on vacation. Often we get so excited to be in a new place and we want to see and do everything. Who knows when we might make it back, if ever? The reality is that it's not possible to see and do everything. A good way to help you prioritize your time on a trip is to set an overall intention for your vacation. Are you taking the trip to relax, sight-see, connect with family, experience the culture, explore nature? You may want to do some or all those things, but one will stand out as the most important. This will be the intention you focus on when planning your trip. Going somewhere to sight-see as the priority is very different than traveling to a destination for the purpose of relaxation. If you’re traveling with children and want to get the most out of family time, a packed schedule may leave you feeling full of stress. It’s best to get input from those traveling with you, but overall one person has to be the primary decision maker. Knowing the intention of the trip, you can release any concerns about missing out on something because the purpose of the trip doesn't revolve around your desires. Taking this mindset could make your trip a lot easier!
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Ann Jones, CTC, MCC