5 Tips for Having a Relaxing Vacation

Tranquil.  Peace.  Time to get away.  These are the images that should come to your mind when taking a vacation.  The Lake of the Ozarks is the perfect place to find peace and relaxation.  It can be difficult to get that relaxation.  Here are some fantastic tips from Shape Magazine to make your next vacation the best it can be.

TRAVEL HASSLE #1: Traffic
TRAVEL SOLUTION: Get out the door on time.
No one plans to leave during rush hour. But even the best intentions go awry when you’re tying up loose ends at work and at home. How can you stick to your departure time? “Be truly ready to go the minute you wake up,” says Julie Morgenstern, author of Organizing From the Inside Out. Start packing three days ahead and jot down any final-hour items—like a favorite toiletry—as you go. Hang the list on your door and put a copy on your suitcase. At the office, send out an email to coworkers two weeks, a week and then two days before you leave so that no one springs a must-do task on you when you’re rushing out the door. Figure out in advance who’ll cover for you and defer any last-minute “emergencies” to her.

TRAVEL HASSLE #2: Belly bloat
TRAVEL SOLUTION: Snack smarter.
“Flying tends to wreak havoc with your belly because the gasses in your digestive system expand at high altitudes,” says Shape contributor Cynthia Sass, R.D. To reduce bloating, skip the greasy stuff and seek out healthier fast food options or BYO snacks: Pack a baggie with unsweetened dried fruit and /or almonds—a golf–ball-sized portion of each will keep you full and balance your blood sugar without taking up too much space in your belly. Instead of carbonated drinks, order hot water and bring your own tea bags. Stash peppermint or ginger teas in your carry-on, since they soothe your digestive system.

Read the rest of the tips here.

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