The ultimate guide to planning a relaxing getaway

A relaxing break is a delightful way to take some time out, destress, unwind and leave your troubles behind

We all need a relaxing break sometimes. Whether you work a busy job, take care of your family or study an intense course such as an online criminology degree, life can be stressful. If you are looking for just a night away or a full week’s vacation, a relaxing break can be the perfect way to unwind, destress, and recharge your batteries. Here are some things to think about when planning your getaway.

What relaxes you?

One of the first things that might pop into your head when you think of relaxing getaways is a spa break. But, not everyone finds the idea of stripping down and being pampered relaxing. In fact, some people find it rather stressful. So, think about what you find relaxing. This is different for everyone. While some people love a spa break, others find a city break shopping or a break full of walking tours more relaxing.

Who are you taking?

This is something else you need to consider before you book. Do you want to go away on a romantic trip with your partner? Or do you fancy some fun blowing off steam with a group of friends? Both of these trips can be exceptionally relaxing and enjoyable.


Before planning any trip, you should think about your budget. While it’s important to stick to your budget and not overspend, there are many ways to have a great trip without breaking the bank. Some of the best ways to save money on your vacation include:

  • Last minute deals
  • Special offers
  • Budget airlines
  • Cheaper accommodation such as Airbnb
  • Shorter stays
  • Avoiding tourist hotspots
  • Flying midweek
  • Traveling out of season

When planning a budget, think about the parts of your vacation that are most important to you. Spend on these and save elsewhere.


The timing of your vacation is important when you are looking for a relaxing getaway. If you are studying for an online degree in criminology you might find it hard to relax when you’ve got exams coming up or assignments due. Try to wait until there’s a convenient time when you can truly relax without worrying about anything at home. This will allow you to switch your phone off and stop checking your emails, which in itself can be wonderfully relaxing.


Write yourself a packing list to make sure you don’t forget anything. What you’ll need to pack will depend on where you are going and what kind of break you want, but try to be prepared. Some things to consider include:

  • Swimwear
  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • All-weather clothing
  • Local currency
  • Visa
  • Travel documents
  • Medication
  • Sensible footwear
  • Camera
  • Reading material

Don’t panic if you forget anything; most of these things are available all over the world.

A relaxing break is a delightful way to take some time out, destress, unwind and leave your troubles behind. You will probably find that relaxing and taking some time out for yourself will help you to find solutions to your problems and return to real life feeling energized and ready to take on new challenges with renewed enthusiasm.

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