How to leave home woes behind and truly enjoy your holiday

I’ve had my fair share of adventures across the globe. From bustling cities to serene beaches, each destination offers its own unique charm and allure. But amidst the excitement of exploring new places, there’s often a familiar companion following me wherever I go: the nagging feeling that I’ve forgotten something important at home.

It’s a sensation many travellers can relate to – the sudden pang of anxiety that creeps in just as you’re settling into your holiday bliss. Did I turn off the stove? Did I lock the front door? Did I pay the bills? These thoughts can quickly overshadow the joy of being in a new environment, casting a shadow of worry over what should be a carefree escape.

To truly savour your holiday, it’s essential to detach from these worries. Here are four effective ways to relieve that nagging feeling and ensure a worry-free holiday.

Create a comprehensive pre-travel checklist

The first step to a worry-free holiday is planning. Develop a detailed pretravel checklist that covers everything from packing essentials to securing your home. Include items you need to pack such as travel documents, chargers, medications, and any special items needed for your destination. 

Add a section for home tasks that need to be completed before you set off. This could include everything from turning off appliances to notifying neighbours and securing windows and doors. 

When you have a comprehensive list, you can systematically check off each item, leaving little room for doubt. This proactive approach not only ensures you have everything you need but also provides peace of mind as you head out the door.

If you take the completed list away with you, you can double-check it to make sure everything is safe and secure at home.

Use technology to stay connected

In the digital age, technology can be a valuable ally in easing your worries. Take advantage of smart home devices and apps to monitor and control aspects of your home remotely. Set up security cameras, smart locks, and thermostat controls to manage your home environment with a few taps on your smartphone. You can even invest in smart plugs that you can turn off remotely – an amazing feature for hairstyling tools and irons.

Knowing that you have control over your living space, even from a distance, can alleviate the anxiety of forgetting something or leaving a task undone. 

However, it’s essential to set boundaries with technology, especially while on holiday. 

In today’s hyper-connected world, it’s easy to succumb to the temptation of checking work emails or monitoring home security cameras while you’re supposed to be relaxing. Designate specific times for addressing these concerns. Consider setting an out of office auto-reply for work emails and limiting phone usage to designated periods to maximise relaxation.

Snap some photos just before you leave home

This trick is as straightforward as it is effective: take photos of your home’s potential risk points before you leave. With your home security checklist in hand, walk through your home and visually inspect each item. As you confirm that each task is complete, take a photo. For example, snap a picture of the unplugged iron, the locked back door, and the stove dials set to off.

Once you’ve completed your walkthrough and taken your photos, trust in the system you’ve put in place. The act of taking the photos is often enough to reassure your brain that everything is as it should be.

By using this method, you’re not only double-checking that your home is safe and secure, but you’re also providing yourself with tangible evidence that can calm any mid-holiday panic. 

Practice mindfulness and live in the moment

One of the most effective ways to overcome the nagging feeling of forgotten tasks is to practice mindfulness. Embrace the present moment and focus on the experiences unfolding during your holiday. Engage your senses, savour the flavours, appreciate the scenery, and immerse yourself in the culture. 

By consciously redirecting your thoughts to the here and now, you can release the grip of anxiety about what might have been left behind. Cultivating mindfulness allows you to fully appreciate the joy of your holiday without being tethered to worries from home.

A worry-free holiday is easily attainable. By implementing these strategies, you can ensure that the only thing you leave behind is stress, allowing you to make the most of your well-deserved getaway.

Do you get that nagging feeling that you’ve forgotten to do something before you leave? How do you overcome it? Let us know in the comments section below.

Also read: Top tips to choose the perfect suitcase for your next trip

Ellie Baxter
Ellie Baxter
Writer and editor with interests in travel, health, wellbeing and food. Has knowledge of marketing psychology, social media management and is a keen observer and commentator on issues facing older Australians.
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