We all dream of taking a villa break abroad to relax on a beach and allow the stresses of work just ebb away. The problem is that so many people find themselves disappointed after waiting months for their much longed for holiday. Don't let yourself fall into this trap - make sure to plan ahead and make your holiday truly memorable with these little tips.
Leave work behind
One of the worst mistakes you can make while on holiday is to bring your work with you. Cell phones, laptops and tablets can ruin many a villa break with urgent alerts from the office. This is why, unless they are absolutely necessary, you should bite the bullet and leave all your gadgets behind, or at the least turn them off. If you are worried about getting drowned with work when you come back, do what you can ahead of time and delegate the tasks to others in the office.
You should be enjoying yourself on your villa break, not pulling your hair out because the airport misplaced your luggage or you are having trouble lugging all your stuff around with you. One bag is recommended, although you can get away with a second one if you really want to. Anything more than that and you need to cut down on those so-called essentials! This is also why it is definitely worth your time to choose villas that are well equipped with amenities; renting one of these will significantly cut down on what you need to carry.
Better to be early than late for anything - especially if airport security is being a pain in the neck or if customs has a problem with something you are carrying with you. These problems are bad enough on your home turf where you speak the language and are familiar with the processes involved, but they become nigh hellish when you are confronted with a destination where the people may have very different ways of doing things.
Learn to be chilled out when dealing with new people. Remember that you will be in a culture very different from your own and that the locals will have a very different way of living their day-to-day lives. A good rule of thumb is to be polite, smile as much as you can and don't get yourself wound up if things go wrong. While not everyone will reciprocate when you are being humble and polite, you will find that they will be the ones ruining their day and not yours if you keep your cool.
Don't look for the comfortable and the familiar. Dare yourself to do or taste things you have never tried before. Exotic foods, exciting sports, casual walks, and social banter - not all of these things will be easy, but all of them will definitely be memorable. And who knows? You may discover a side of yourself you didn't know you had.