To assist in restoring work-life balance, Hilton Garden Inn (No. 42 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list) recently partnered with several travel experts and bloggers for advice and tips to some of travelers' greatest problems — and in regard to last-minute getaways, they found that the key to a successful spontaneous vacation is quick preparation, and efficiency is key.
So before jetting off, you'll need a few tricks to ensure you're ready on time. Here are some tips you might find helpful when preparing for an impromptu getaway:
While your travel plans might have you feeling nervous and excited, it's important to get as much rest as possible before a vacation. You'll feel the urge to stay up late, trying to check those last minute items off your to-do list, but it's better to set a bedtime and stick to it. You'll want to start your journey refreshed and ready to take on an adventure.
Prepare for an easy exit
The night before you embark on your trip, pack your suitcase and set it by the front door, along with a list of things to do before you walk out of the house. The list could include things like packing your phone charger, feeding the fish, making sure all the lights are off or any other loose ends you need to tie up. When you create a list the night before, you'll have less risk of forgetting any important details when you're short on time.
Make a playlist
Before you leave on your trip, make yourself a "wind down" playlist of all your favorite mellow songs. When you're traveling, there's a lot on your mind. You have places to go, and sights and people to see - it can feel a bit chaotic. A calming playlist helps you to soothe yourself on the plane, lull yourself to dreamland in a hotel room or simply relax if you're stressed about travel plans.
Download the right apps
There are many apps available that make travel easier. Why not try the Hilton Honors app? When booking your last minute getaway, use the Hilton Honors app to find one of more than 700 Hilton Garden Inn properties around the globe. Once you book your stay, use the app to choose your hotel room, check-in online and request an Uber (available in select cities). Additionally, apps like Yelp and Trip Advisor have restaurant reviews and ratings so you can find the best spots for a yummy meal.
Make a plan for exercise
Traveling can be tough on your body, but if you plan ahead, you can fit some exercise into your schedule to get the endorphins flowing. When booking travel, make sure to choose a hotel that has a fitness center, such as a Hilton Garden Inn which features the latest cardio and weight training equipment. Look over your proposed itinerary and block out 20 to 30 minutes. If that's too much time to dedicate, you can also download seven-minute workouts on your phone, which you can easily do in your hotel room to get your heart rate up.
Put those vacation days to good use and plan a last minute-trip with these tips. After all, what's the point of working so hard if you can't enjoy a relaxing getaway?
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