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Get more from your next vacation

vailGetting the Most Out of Your Vacation

Vacations are supposed to be relaxing and rejuvenating. Right? I know that is why I go on vacation and I think that is the reason that the majority of us go on vacation. I always welcome the opportunity for some rest and relaxation but I also want to get the most that I can out of any vacation. I want to get more! Most Americans are so distracted by life that they don’t take the time to truly enjoy their vacation. If you’re heading on vacation, don’t waste the opportunity. Here are a few tips on getting the most out of your vacation and some advice on how you can get more:

Say goodbye to the distractions

I think the best way to get the most out of your vacation is to say goodbye to the distractions. What’s the point of vacation if you are attached to your phone the whole time? Taking some time away from the electronics will truly help you more than you know. Make the most of your vacation by devoting time to fun activities rather than mindless distractions.

Experience everything you can

If you’re headed to a resort or somewhere with a lot of scenery or things to do, experience everything you can. Resorts are a great way to get a whole lot of vacation into a small time frame. Usually with resorts, there is fine dining, activities, and so much more. Taking in every experience is a great way to get the most out of your vacation.

Balance out taking pictures

The only bad thing about taking pictures is that you’re so focused on getting good pictures that it can take away from your vacation. Take pictures, but also take some time away from the pictures. Enjoy what you’re experiencing and do it without being behind the lens. This will be a tough one, I know.

Do something you’ve never done before

Staying in your comfort zone isn’t always fun, it may feel safe, but it’s not always fun. Get the most out of your vacation by doing something you’ve never done before. Skydiving? Hiking up an amazing mountain? Skiing for the first time? I challenge you to do something that you wouldn’t normally do, this will make your vacation totally worthwhile.

Go somewhere you’ve never been

This is a challenge I’m accepting for myself this year. I plan on going somewhere, like a mountain in the Vail Resorts portfolio. A place that I have never been but that I’m super excited to experience. Vail is just one of eight amazing resorts around the country from this company. I’d say my next vacation is looking pretty epic, don’t you? Visit This is What Epic Looks Like to plan your next vacation and learn how you can get more. I’m excited about the skiing, but also all the new things I will experience on the way.

Getting away from the everyday is something I’ve been wanting to do for so long. Now I feel like I can concentrate on experiencing vacation, instead of just going on vacation. If you are like me, then your next trip will focus around getting the most out of your vacation. From luxury experiences to the above-and-beyond spots that make it extra special, Vail Resorts has you covered. Happy travels!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Vail Resorts. The opinions and text are all mine.

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  1. One of my favorite things about traveling is being totally out of my comfort zone and trying new things. Looks like you will have an epic time at Vail Resorts!

  2. Catherine Sargent

    I bet the Vail Resorts will be nice. I have plans to travel to at least one new place next year and I have a couple of new adventures planned that will take me out of my comfort zone.

  3. Pam

    I love going somewhere I have never been. We try to go somewhere new once a year.

  4. The wonderful thing about a cruise is that your cell phone is practically useless. That means there are no distractions from a great vacation. It’s all just relaxation. That’s why I love cruising.

  5. We do not get away nearly enough, so enjoying the vacations we do take is extremely important. There are so many places on our travel bucket list that visiting somewhere new is always easy.

  6. I love love love traveling! Every new destination is a great adventure.

  7. Yes to going out of your comfort zone and taking a vacation that will provide you with new experiences! Vail resorts sounds like the perfect place to have an adventure that is anything but ordinary and definitely EPIC! 

  8. We do try to go somewhere new every year, though there are a few places I would like to return since we missed some attractions on those visits. I’m terrible about wanting to take pictures all the time too. I really need to stop that!

  9. I agree that electronics can be a huge distraction during a vacation.
    In Hawaii I once saw a couple of girls at dinner not even looking at each other or enjoying the spectacular views because they were too busy texting on their phones!

  10. Ann Bacciaglia

    I always do something I have never done before when I travel. I would love to get more out of my vacations.

  11. These are great tips as vacation can be not so much of a vacation sometimes. You worry too much about other things like pictures and such. I need to get out of my comfort zone like you said, it will be well worth it!

  12. Christina Aliperti

    For years we went to the same place every summer. Now we try to choose places we have never been to.

  13. These are all wonderful tips! And we do definitely follow a good portion of them. The rule in our vacation is the second we get we’re going electronics gets put away and they do not get picked up again until we travel home.

  14. It is amazing how freeing it can be on a vacation and not check your phone a lot. These are great tips, so important to live in the moment!

  15. Shauna

    What great tips. Most of our vacations are sponsored so I tend to stay behind the phone and computer and have to remind myself that I need to spend time with the family and enjoy time together

  16. These are great tips, I especially like the ones about taking photos. I always try to balance taking enough to capture the memories, but putting the camera down long enough to create great memories. It’s a balance for sure.

  17. Kristin

    These are great tips! I hate that phones and cameras are always out trying to get the perfect picture. We all need to enjoy life more.

  18. I’m a mountain girl for sure but for looking not for skiing. I love mountain vistas the do my heart good. I’ve never been to Vail but I’ve seen photos and it looks gorgeous

  19. Becca Wilson

    We have been planning for our first family vacation trip and always have stayed in our comfort zone with ideas. Maybe we need to go somewhere none of us has been!

  20. Ash Sears

    These are great tips to think outside the box with your next vacation. I love that you mention to live in the moment sometimes. Pictures are great but don’t live behind the camera 😉

  21. Robin Rue

    It is so easy to stay within your comfort when you are going travelling. These are great tips for what to do to step outside of that and enjoy yourself more.

  22. Amy Desrosiers

    Our family actually skipped vacation this year because we were so stressed out on our last trip. All the emails, packages being delivered and gigs coming through had me working even while trying to enjoy peace and quiet.

  23. Reesa Lewandowski

    One of my favorite things to do on vacation is to put my phone away and just enjoy the time!

  24. Great tips! We took a vacation this year, just because. It had been much too long, and just getting out with the family was so nice!

  25. I always do something I have never done before when I travel. I would love to do more on my vacations!

  26. Elizabeth Lampman

    I love the idea of getting rid of your phones when you go on vacation. It is a distraction for sure. I always want to get the most out of my vacations.

  27. We always try to do new things when we go away. I think it is important to push your limits.

  28. I do need to take a break from taking photos and other distractions and live in the moment on my next vacation. I like your ideas!

  29. I love to travel I really do. It’s just hard for me to figure what is going on in that area and how ro do stuff or find things to do. :/ but I love these tips!

  30. These are great tips. The picture one really stood out to me. I’m always trying to get pictures that I don’t just take in the moment. My goal is to take less pictures and make more memories 🙂

  31. Can I add get away with your partner/spouse to this list! We have a just us vacation next spring and I cannot wait!

  32. Brent Arceneaux

    Great advice for anyone who’s taking a vacation! I’ll keep them in mind for my family’s next one!

  33. These are such great tips! These are all true to enjoy your next vacation. Definitely doing these for our next trip!

  34. ooh I’m ready to go on a vacation now.  Love these tips, and happy to already follow them for the most case. 🙂 

  35. Awesome tips! We’re travel addicts and we always make it memorable! Unplug and enjoy each others company.

  36. This is some great advice. I take a lot of pictures when I’m on vacation. But you are right. I may be missing out.

  37. Great ideas for a family vacation, Stacie. I could not agree more that vacations are the perfect time for the family to BE WITH EACH OTHER instead of on the electronics.

  38. The last one and the one before that can go hand in hand. There was a time when I needed to try some exotic food and some fun, Asian-traditional activities, well worth it.

  39. Going somewhere you have never been is easy for me. I have not traveled much. Thank you for these tips when I do get to travel.

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