4. Don’t Break the Bank
This can be easier said than done, but it’s not hard to figure out that stretching your budget to its breaking point to pay for your annual vacation isn’t going to reduce your stress level. The last thing you want is to be counting the cost of every soda with dinner, admission ticket price, and parking charge. Instead, figure out what you can spend in advance and then choose a spot that fits within those limitations. Look for friends and family with vacation homes that you can swap your own talents and services for, check into long weekends instead of full-week trips, and scout out free activities at your destination before you go.