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It’s interesting to think about the way in which we all consider vacation opportunities. There’s certainly a tendency for us all to think in terms of hotels, beautiful beaches and coastal resorts.

A last minute deal may need you to be flexible regarding the exact destination, accommodation and time. You may have to be able to travel at quite short notice.

If you have read through the above suggestions, but still want more of a conventional vacation for free, there are plenty of ways to do so less expensively than you normally would. The best idea is to put in quite a bit of planning before you head off on your trip. It’s too easy to book the flight and hotel only and plan to choose your activities when you arrive at your destination. The problem is that usually, when you arrive at your destination, you are already in “vacation mode” and you are more apt to spend money less carefully. How easy is it to say “we are on vacation – we deserve it!”?

Vacations Help With Your Job Performance: There are proven psychological benefits to employees that take time off. If they have a good relationship in the workplace this is also increased in their off time at home.

The next key is to make sure you don’t unplug from work only to get sucked into a long list of chores around the house. Remember: the idea is to RELAX just like you would on a vacation mode away from home. The best way to do that is to plan out activities ahead of time that will keep you in a vacation state of mind.

Ask yourself: How can I live with passion and purpose without depleting my resources? How can I cultivate faith and leverage what I’ve got so that I always have more than enough? When you are in a relaxed, receptive state, you’ll be given new directions.

Vacations should be enjoyed, and there should be no reason to regret coming home with a little something extra by way of weight gain. Just follow these few simple tips and remember to enjoy yourself while you’re away!