“Daddy! Stop looking at your phone and come play with us in the pool!”

Does this scenario sound all-too-familiar?

Unfortunately, the majority of us may look at our vacation as a way of relaxing, but when we’re actually there, we’re still firmly connected with our lives back home. This isn’t good for those you’re traveling with, and it’s definitely not good for you.

So, to help you enjoy a stress-free vacation, here are some top tips:

  1. Plan in Advance

Even though you’re planning to take some time out from your stressful everyday life, it’s important you’ve put all the right plans in place beforehand. If you don’t, you may hit a few stumbling blocks along the way, which will see your stress levels skyrocketing yet again.

Be sure to find your ideal accommodation that’s going to cater for the entire family. Making sure the kids will be entertained and that you and your partner will be able to relax and unwind is imperative to enjoying your vacation. Equally, if you’re heading off on a romantic weekend or are looking to escape on your own, be sure to find a hotel that’ll allow you to pamper and indulge yourself while you’re away. (A Marriott Resort with Spa would be ideal!)

You might also want to put together an itinerary for your vacation, too, so you know what you’re doing each day and don’t have to stress about planning activities for the whole family once you’re there. It’s also worth getting in touch with people who’ve already been to this destination to see what they’d recommend.

  1. Give People Plenty of Notice that You’re Going on Vacation

Let your colleagues and managers know when you’re going on vacation in plenty of time so they can arrange their resources well. There’s nothing worse than working toward a deadline to find out someone’s off on vacation in a couple of days and won’t be able to complete their tasks, so keep everyone in the loop at least a month before you plan on going.

  1. Tie Up Your Projects

You can’t beat that feeling of finishing a project, handing in an invoice, and ticking it off your to-do list. Try to do this with as many assignments as you can before you put your out of office on. This won’t just ensure your colleagues aren’t left with too much work but also helps clear your mind so you can completely switch off while you’re away.

  1. Set the Right Expectations

While you’re away, it’s important you set some expectations for your colleagues. Are you going to switch off your phone the entire trip? Or, if you’re checking in, how often will you be doing this and will you be available for new assignments or conference calls? Having these expectations in place before you go will make sure everyone knows when they can/can’t get in touch with you and what they can anticipate from you while you’re away.

Finally, once you’ve put all these measures in place, make sure you’re consistent with what your out-of-office message says. If you’re still responding to emails while you’re sipping cocktails on the beach, it gives people the impression you’re available, so they’ll keep sending you messages and calling you, even though you don’t want them to.