Vacation: A solution to stress
Everyone's life is filled with some form of stress one way or the other. And chronic stress takes its toll in part on our physical and mental health. That's where vacations come in. They have the potential to break into the stress cycle. We emerge from a successful vacation feeling ready to take on the world again. We gain perspective on our problems, get to relax with our families and friends, and get a break from our usual routines. That's if the vacation is 'successful'." There are ways to guarantee that you do have a successful vacation experience rather than one that could be a disaster --
Do your online research and make sure you know what's available in your vacation destination before reaching. Planning ahead will minimize family stress while on that vacation especially if you've pre-agreed on an itinerary. This will also make it possible for you to determine ahead of time whether some or all of you choose bungee jumping over museum-hopping or vice-versa.
Know the rules
There are some good websites out there with advice on how to pack mentioning the rules and regulations of flight. Know your country's safety rules and regulations as well. If you don't want to give up your cherished Swiss Army knife, for example, you'll need to remember to pack it in checked bags or leave it at home altogether.
Don't feel guilty because you can go on a vacation and your friend cannot. The point of a vacation is to rid yourself from as much guilt as possible. You can bring gifts for those who couldn't go along.
Check mail without guilt
Allot yourself a small portion of each day to a peek at your laptop or phone. In fact, there's a case to be made that you need to do some email or social media checking just to make sure that family members at home are okay, nothing horrible has happened to your household pets, your charge accounts are still solvent, and your flight hasn't been delayed.
Make it a true adventure
An active vacation involving new challenges is the most beneficial. Sure, you can lie out on the beach for hours if that's going to relax you the most. But be sure to stray outside of the resort, hotel, cruise ship, or wherever you are in that comfort zone of yours and get off the beaten track a bit. It will build some new synapses and give you some of those memorable, bonding, experiences with your fellow vacationers.
More practical advice
Pack for contingencies such as getting sick, losing your glasses and so forth. Leave enough extra room in your case for souvenirs and do buy them. Lastly, take plenty of pictures!