2. Don’t plan so many activities that you are overbooked.
Ratzliff says that some people can get caught in the trap of trying to make a vacation into everything for everybody. Her advice for when you are traveling with a family or any other group that might have competing interests? Come to an agreement about the activities of the vacation ahead of time. This way, everyone will get some of what they want.
“Not everyone can do everything,” says Ratzliff. “There must be some negotiation and compromise. If you fill your vacation with so many activities that you don’t have time to enjoy the things that you participate in, you have defeated the purpose.”
3. Make sure there is time to connect with your partner—or family—during vacation.
Research has shown that the more time people spend in conversation with their partner, the more pleasure they receive from their vacation activities.
“This is important enough that you’ll want to include time for conversation in your planning,” says Ratzliff. “It sounds silly but it matters. Talk is one of the real benefits of vacation, but one that tends to be underrated.”