It’s necessary to take time away from normal activities because vacations relieve the stress of everyday life. Sometimes taking vacation leaves you feeling less rested than before you went due to over planning activities while you’re there. It’s important to talk about the vacation before you start out so that everyone is clear on their role and activities in which you will be engaged. It’s only fair that everyone involved gets the opportunity for a special event, no matter how small it might be, during the vacation time allotted and to know that it’s ok not to participate in everything. Some people are more interested in a more relaxed atmosphere, not feeling a requirement for them to be a part of all those activities, just simply relaxing in their room for a few hours or taking a nap when they feel it’s necessary. Whatever the case may be, knowing what to expect ahead of time will eliminate the disappointment from lack of participation and allowing everyone the same opportunity will improve your chances of feeling rested by the end of the vacation.
Larger groups of people can add stress if everyone is not on the same ship (per se) and you just want to throw them overboard. Know that you’re vacationing with people you can relate to, or get along with or your sense of relieving stress will be out the window. However, it can be a boatload of fun, with all the different personalities and ideas of others, with lots more laughter and having everyone on board, with the same goals and expectations will surely make you forget about all the stress you left behind. Everyone should know of activities that require their presence and what time they’re expected to be there and if any other activities will follow.
Be sure to set aside an evening, at the beginning of the vacation, to get to know each other so you will know what to expect throughout the vacation period. After all, vacations relieve the stress and that’s the reason you’re there in the first place, so don’t allow others to invade your time with unwanted behaviors.