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Planning a great summer vacation

As the weather gets warmer, it’s time to start thinking about what kind of getaway you might take this summer. Everyone’s idea of a great vacation is different, but there are a few principles you might keep in mind to help make your vacation a success.

Plan ahead. If there’s time, start the planning process as soon as you can so that you have time to do some research and check out your options. Talk to friends about places they’ve gone, check out travel websites like Hipmunk and TripAdvisor and book your reservations so you have the peace of mind of knowing where you’ll be going and when.

Leave room for spontaneity. If you button down every last detail and create a packed itinerary, you might lose out on local opportunities that your research didn’t reveal. Even if nothing great materializes, leaving some breathing space in your schedule might give you more time for actual relaxation.

Let it be easy. Vacations should be fun, not work. I know that I’m sometimes tempted to lug along a lot of items that I think I might need. Or I take extra reading material out of a fear that I’ll run out of things to read. (My Kindle has certainly helped alleviate that problem.) Lately, though, I remind myself to let it be easy and I try to travel light, take things as they come, and try to minimize the number of decisions I have to make.

Summer vacations can be an essential part of getting through the year. Try to make yours as fun and easy as possible!

Janine Adams is a messy professional organizer who loves helping others create order. The co-founder of Declutter Happy Hour, she believes in having as much fun as possible in the organizing process. Check out her web site at Peace of Mind Organizing!

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