Your RV is an investment, and you hope that it will become a favorite vacation spot. When you make the purchase, you have visions of going camping and coming home again feeling relaxed and ready to tackle the workweek. Unfortunately, you may not truly relax when you’re out camping. Here are a few tips to help you start relaxing and get more out of your camping trips.
Work Ahead to Leave Work Behind
Stop taking work with you on the road. It will still be there when you get back, but you are robbing yourself of precious relaxation time whenever you check your email. When you know you’re heading out in the RV, start working ahead on Monday or even the week before. Make an itinerary of the most important tasks you need to complete before you leave, and focus on them. That way, you can focus on the trip when you get home and leave the work at the office.
Save the Updates for Later
You cannot wait to share your activities with your friends on Facebook. You know that they’ll appreciate the incredible view at your campsite or the whopper of a fish you caught at the lake. However, they won’t appreciate it at nearly as much as you do. Take your picture, but then sit back and keep enjoying the view. Wait to update your status after you get home and it’s time to get back to the real world.
Set Rules for Yourself
Perhaps you have the type of job where you have to check e-mails and take care of work occasionally during your vacation. Set clear guidelines for yourself to handle this task. Allow yourself 20 or 30 minutes a day to check in, and then put the cell phone or computer in a drawer and forget about it.
Let Yourself Take a Nap
You could have spent your money on a cruise or a trip to some expensive destination, but you chose an RV so you could vacation more frequently. There are times you will visit busy destinations and campgrounds with lots to do, but you will also visit campgrounds where you have time to sit back, relax and even take a nap. Give yourself permission to enjoy that nap. You’ll feel more rested and relaxed, and that’s really why you bought the RV.
When you are planning a trip in your camper, make sure that you can actually relax at the campground. Leave the work at the office, and give yourself a clear schedule with time limits if you have to take some along with you. Wait to update your social status after the trip, and let yourself take a nap. You bought the RV for rest and relaxation, so let yourself actually rest and relax on your next trip.