You spend a lot of time looking forward to your vacation. It's the perfect opportunity to get out of your regular routine, have fun, kick back, and relax without the pressures of everyday life.

Unfortunately, that doesn't mean your vacation is guaranteed to be a blast. There are plenty of things that could potentially ruin your vacation.

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Here are some problems to look out for and what to do about it so you can have the best vacation possible.

Car Accident

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You'll probably spend at least some time in a vehicle on your vacation. Whether you're driving your own car on a road trip or renting a car when you get to your destination, a car accident could ruin your entire trip.

How a moment's distraction can lead to disaster often depends on your focus-or lack of it. Reduce your chances of getting into an accident by eliminating distractions like:

  • Using your cell phone

  • Eating while driving

  • Reaching for objects

  • Making videos or taking pictures

  • Taking care of a child or a pet

Do yourself a favor and make sure you have collision insurance if you rent a car. That way, you may be able to salvage the rest of your vacation because you aren't responsible for paying for the damages out of pocket.

Uncomfortable Room

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Not all hotel rooms are created equal. Some feature clean, fluffy towels, great Wi-Fi, and a comfortable bed. Some don't.

Figuring out what your room is really going to be like when you book online can be difficult, but there are a few things you can do to increase your chances of getting a comfortable room.

Start by researching reviews online. If the majority of previous guests had a good stay, you can be fairly sure that you will, too.

Don't be afraid to call the front desk when you're booking your room. Let them know what's important to you, whether it's a good Wi-Fi connection, a pet-friendly room, or a great view. When you call in and speak directly with someone behind the counter before you arrive, you're much more likely to get the room you want.

The Airport

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If you're traveling long-distance, you'll probably spend time in an airport. It can be a nightmare if you aren't careful.

Consider paying extra for a direct flight if one is available. Not only will it eliminate the possibility of a layover, but not having a connecting flight also means your luggage can't get lost.

Pay close attention to when you take off and land, too. For example, leaving at 5:00 AM may give you more time at your destination, but you'll likely spend that time napping. It might be better to choose a flight a little later in the day if one is available.

Consider skipping the airport altogether if you're traveling domestically. You will spend more time in the car but have complete control over when and where you're going.

The Wrong Wardrobe

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Figuring out what you will wear on vacation can be a lot of fun. Just don't make the mistake of shopping and packing for looks only.

Wearing dresses when you don't normally wear dresses and packing a suitcase full of sandals when your vacation requires a lot of walking will make you uncomfortable, making your vacation much less fun.

Strive to find outfits that are cute and comfortable. Pack items you're used to wearing, and make sure you choose the right shoes so you aren't nursing blisters your entire vacation.

Too Much Time Together

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Going on vacation with your friends and loved ones is a blast. It's a great way to spend more time together and create memories that will last a lifetime.

That doesn't mean they won't drive you crazy!

It's easy to get annoyed with others when you spend so much time together. That's true of a good friend, a spouse, or children. Keep the mood light and fun by spending some time apart.

If you're traveling with friends, consider renting different rooms or splitting up for the afternoon to see different things. Take a short walk while your spouse watches the kids, or offer to take the kids down to the pool so your spouse can squeeze in a nap. That way, everyone is in a good mood when they come back together again.


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Getting sick is dreaded by all travelers. The more people you travel with, the more likely you'll have to deal with an illness. Traveling during the coldest months of the year can also increase your chances of getting sick.

Fortunately, your entire vacation doesn't have to be ruined just because you get sick.

Make sure you rest as much as possible, as soon as possible. If you rest early enough, you can get over your illness more quickly. Ask someone you're traveling with to pick up some medication that will make you feel better, and choose outdoor activities to get some fresh air if you can.

Bad Weather

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Bad weather is also something that travelers often worry about, and for good reason. If you're planning a beach vacation or going to a theme park, the last thing you want is for rain to ruin your day.

There are things you can do if it rains on your vacation to make the most of your time away from home:

  • Take the time to rest and relax.

  • Do an indoor activity, like swimming in the hotel pool.

  • Check out great restaurants and breweries.

  • Check out local museums or art galleries.

You can also spend time outside anyway! Put on a poncho or open up that umbrella!

Your vacation may be special to you, but it's also just another day, which means bad things can still happen. The trick is to make the most of your trip. With the right attitude and the tips on this list, you will have fun, no matter what.