The time is quickly approaching to your much anticipated upcoming vacation. There’s so much to see but, so little time that you will be there. You want to see all the sites, participate in all the adventures that you have read about and the excitement of it all is making you giddy but… Don’t Overbook Yourself on Vacation.
Wait for me, I want to go…
On my first solo trip which was to Barbados in 2003, I wanted to get out to see and enjoy everything I could on the island during my 5 day stay. Upon arrival, I quickly went to the concierge/tour desk to sign up for practically every tour that was available. I’m not sure if it was because it was my first time to Barbados or that it was my first time traveling solo that made me want to fill my daily calendar with activities. There were adventure tours, historical tours, walking tours, boat tours, all day tours, ½ day tours, evening tours, pub crawls, etc. So much to do and I wanted to participate in all of it. So I booked them, lots of them.
It’s a Vacation, right?
I participated in 6 or 7 tours during the short 5 days that I was on the island. I quickly learned that I had overbooked myself… this was supposed be a vacation. I often had at least 2 tours each day, typically 1 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon or evening. I had to wake early every day to be in the lobby for pick-up for my morning tours. What the heck? It’s a vacation… I’m supposed to be sleeping in and relaxing, right? I would barely get back to my room from the morning tours to relax a bit before the front desk would call to let me know that the bus was out front to pick me up for my next tour. How did this happen? I was overbooked and I did it to myself. I was exhausted. Don’t get me wrong, I had a great time and enjoyed each and every tour. I got to see a lot of the island, learn about the history, go on some great adventures and met some interesting and amazing people. But, I must admit when I returned home I felt like I needed a vacation from my vacation.
Slow Down, Relax
My advice would be… take your time and relax. Pick a few things that you would like to do and spread them out over the time that you will be in your vacation destination. You probably won’t get to everything that you read about or heard about so, choose a few of your favorites and fit those in but, make sure that you take some time to just enjoy the atmosphere of your destination. Best analogy… stop and smell the roses.
I must say in the years since that overbooked holiday to Barbados… I have learned to “schedule” some relaxing time during my trips. I no longer book more than one tour per day and I definitely try to stick to the ones in the afternoon so that I can sleep in a bit. I even made a second trip back to Barbados to just relax, stroll, meander and I booked no tours so, that I could just enjoy the experience. I enjoyed it both times that I visited but, they were very different experiences. Let your vacation be a vacation. Enjoy the Journey!