How many times have you gone away on a trip, only to think “wow, I need a holiday from my holiday?”

Unfortunately, most of us are so consumed with seeing as much as we can (and taking photos of everything we can) that our holiday flies by, and before we know it we’re back on a plane home and feeling just as tired and stressed out as before we left.

Luckily, there are a few things you can do to make sure you truly relax on your next holiday:

Go all-inclusive

How often have you booked and paid for a holiday, only to spend way too much money splurging while you were away? There’s nothing fun about returning home to an empty bank account, but it’s easy to get caught up in that YOLO feeling.

One of the best ways to counter this? Choose an all-inclusive style of travelling. There are plenty of cheap holiday packages with Webjetand cruise deals available for you to choose from, and many of these include things like food, entertainment, and transport (cruise ships take you from destination to destination while you sleep).

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Get planning

This doesn’t mean scheduling everything like crazy- after all, you’ll want some free time to relax and explore at your leisure once you arrive. But when you plan a few things to see and do on the ground, check out the neighbourhood where you’ll be staying, and maybe pre-book tickets to some tourist attractions, you’ll feel less-stressed when it’s time to depart. This can also be a super-exciting part of the trip, and planning can help build anticipation and help you look forward to travelling.

Get off the beaten path

Constant crowds can make you feel exhausted, and can take hours out of your day. If you can, travel during shoulder season, when you’ll have fewer crowds, lower temperatures, and cheaper prices. If that’s not possible, be prepared for the crowds by getting in touch with the attractions and ask about the wait times. Book tickets in advance whenever you can, and aim to visit during times when certain attractions won’t be so busy- such as first thing in the morning or at lunch time.

Another option? Look for attractions that aren’t so popular. You might learn a lot more about a city by hanging out in local areas, visiting less-known museums and spending time away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds.

What are your top tips for having a relaxing holiday? Leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts.