How to Avoid Holiday Pitfalls When You Win a Travel Competition

Posted on: 25th February 2013

Travel CompetitionTaking a vacation should be fun and exciting. When you win a travel competition for the first time, you need to make sure you don’t get ‘vacation burn out’: that is, overcompensating and turning what should be an enjoyable experience of relaxation into a chore.


This article will help you avoid the common vacation pitfalls.


Key things to remember


Bear the draw dates in mind


Competition organisers know that most people will take their summer vacation during November and December, so they like to draw winners during these months. If you have won a competition and plan to travel during this time, there are several common pitfalls to avoid: busy airports, fully booked hotels, and crowded beaches, for example.


Find time to exercise


When you vacation, you unconsciously eat and drink more. It’s a known fact that the food offered at hotels and restaurants contain more carbs, sugar and fat than meals we prepare at home. Excess eating and drinking will contribute to piling on the pounds, so take the time to hit the swimming pool and gym each day.


Time management is key

If you fail to manage your time, situations will manage your response. A vacation should be enjoyable and fun. You don’t want to run around trying to fix things when you are supposed to be chilling out. Prepare a schedule or timetable to fit in everything you want to do, and stick to it.


Budget or bust


Even if you’ve won your vacation, it’s not time to throw away your budget. Most folks who go on vacation find themselves overspending by a few hundred dollars. You don’t want to end up in a situation where you are still trying to pay off bills long after the vacation has ended.


Planning ahead helps you to avoid the common problems that arise during vacations. Your time should be spent creating special memories,  leaving you feeling rejuvenated and happy: not broke, fat and miserable.

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