You have way too high expectations
You shouldn’t approach a vacation with the expectation that “it will be the best trip ever.” Sure, you need a relaxing break but by traveling with high expectations, you set yourself up for disappointment. Traveling with an open mind to the adventures and experiences that await you will free of vacation stress.
You don’t get in sync with your companions
It’s important to have a conversation with both yourself and your travel partner(s) about what each of you wants to achieve from the vacation. Maybe you want to have a beach getaway when your friend wants to pursue outdoorsy adventures like zip lining. Communicating about your travel goals will help you avoid the awkward, stress-inducing situation when you realize that you and your fellow traveler(s) have different vacation intentions.
You don’t know how to relax
Not one of those people who can sit on a beach sipping cocktails for days? Explore more active ways to get out of your head, Gielan says. “There are some vacations where you need to do something athletic and challenging to find flow in that moment. It really helps you feel rejuvenated when you come back.” So take that hike, take that paddle boarding lesson, or spend all day at the art museum—if you lose your sense of time, that’s a good sign you’re relaxing!