Don’t Make This Common Mistake on Your Next Miles & Points Vacation

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Don’t Make This Common Mistake on Your Next Miles & Points Vacation

EmilyDon’t Make This Common Mistake on Your Next Miles & Points VacationMillion Mile Secrets Team

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Thanks to credit card rewards points, I’ve taken some amazing trips that I otherwise couldn’t take.  I’ve planned some short vacations (long 3-day weekends), and some long ones (~2 – 2.5 weeks).  Lots of travelers make the mistake of not going on vacation long enough, or staying away too long.

I’ve changed plans at least twice on longer trips I’ve booked, but changing plans costs time and money.  So I was curious to hear what other experts say is the ideal time for a relaxing vacation.

My Family and I Were Too Ambitious on This Trip, and Had to Cancel an Airbnb Stay for a Day of Rest

According to researchers,

a vacationer will feel an increase of happiness over the first several days of vacation, with that feeling peaking on the eighth day.

How to Go on Vacation More Often, & Stay Away Longer When You Do

Plan in Advance

Often it’s employers that have trouble approving 8-day vacations.  At my previous employer, I’d plan out my trips ~1 year in advance and give my employer lots of notice.

Create a List of Your Vacation Responsibilities to Delegate to Others on Your Team

Delegate, Or Reschedule Assignments

Taking lots of time off can be hard on employees because of doubling up on work pre- and post- vacation.  Before vacations, I developed detailed plans of what responsibilities were required to be completed during my vacation, and who would be responsible for doing them.

While I was on vacation, I checked my email daily for high priority requests.  Doing these things helped my employer grant me vacation time because my back-up planning and occasional check-ins made him feel safer and that work would still get done.

How to Optimize a Long Vacation & Avoid Burnout

Take a Day of Rest

If your vacation does last for 7 nights or longer, we recommend taking at least 1 “day of rest.”  I think resting every ~3 – 4 days if possible is ideal.  This is time that you can any way YOU want to, whether it’s reading a book in the hotel room, making your last shopping rounds, or eating at the restaurant you’ve been dying to try.

Even Team Member Scott Found Some Time to Relax and Pamper Himself on His Trip to Poland

The point is to take a break, unwind, do what makes you happy!

Pace Your Activities

Don’t plan strenuous activities, like hiking or ziplining, every day.  Plan 1 day of busy activities, followed by a low key day, like hanging at the beach, exploring the town or treating yourselves to a nicer restaurant.

What tips do you have to share to help you get the ideal vacation time?

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For me it depends on why and where I am going and who is along on the trip. If I am going to a place that cost me a lot of miles or money, I’ve never been to before, it is far from home and I’m with friends under the same scenario, I am not going to take a day to rest. I am going to see as much as possible because I believe I will never return to the area most likely. If I just want to relax, I would do so closer to home for less time and less money, possibly staying with friends.


That makes sense. Everyone travels differently and I’m noticing the older I get (and the more kids I acquire), the more I have to pace myself. 🙂

Hi Camilla, good points! I used to feel guilty for taking a day of rest but I think I’m getting closer to feeling guilt free.

I was in Italy about a month ago. Stayed for 2 weeks and did take a day of basically doing nothing. I thought I’d feel guilty but ended up feeling just fine! I’d venture a guess though that’s largely in part because that was the longest vacation I’d taken in awhile that maybe I just needed the rest

I think if I were only visiting for a week, a day might be taking away too much from the trip. To each their own!