7 Tips to Actually Decompress During Vacation

The older I get, it seems more and more so that the idea of going on vacation has actually become more stressful than ever. Between the planning, packing, gathering everything that Chloe needs, the logistics of flights and cars, making sure work is taken care of, etc.,- by the time I get on vacation I’m still way too wound up to actually be able to relax (which is not the proper way to head into a vacation).  But, it’s time to reclaim my vacation! Here are my 7 tips to actually decompress when you’re finally on vacation:

Striped Suit: DVF | Swan Float: Target

1. Do your Prep Work

If you’re headed to go on vacation, but your work is really demanding, just know that you should probably think about not only the things you have to do before you leave for vacation but also everything you have to do when you’re back so you’re not stuck “catching up.” This might mean that you have to work harder at your job before you take off, but trust me – it will totally be worth it.

2. Be Accountable

Make sure you tie up all your loose ends with work before you head out and have your auto-reply ready with who can be contacted in the case of your absence. Everyone (including your boss) will really appreciate that!

Make sure to watch my Bikini Collection Lookbook Video here or down below!

Earrings: Misa Collection | Suit: Mara Hoffman | Floatie: Target 

3. Unplug

Now that Instagram has a save draft feature, you can edit your caption and pictures and save them for when you’re ready to post.  Although I try to post organic content in real time as much as possible, I also do try to make it a point to not always post live so I can actually live in the moment and decompress. I love to edit photos while I’m on the plane, then save them as a draft so when it’s time to post, you can just wake up and hit “post.”   

4. Rejuvenate + Recharge

Let Mother Nature rejuvenate you. I don’t know about you, but something about going on a hike, going in the ocean or walking towards a waterfall and getting some scenery for a few hours really help to “heal” me. Something about the fresh air and outdoors really helps me unwind and decompress without a lot of distractions.  Also, make sure you take some time to catch up on your zzz’s! A well-rested you is a happy you! 

5. Go Somewhere New

I love a good staycation, but branching out and going somewhere new can really broaden your horizons and help get your creative juices flowing! Being around new people, new places, and a new environment is like a breath of fresh air.  Traveling to new places boosts your brain power as it forces you to use parts of your brain that may have otherwise been dormant from your day-to-day routine.  Adapting new adventures, tastes and smells create new neuropaths in your brain which help enable new ways of thinking!

Blue Suit: Eres (Similar Here) | Visor: Brixton| Bikini Top: Kiini 

Sunnies: Dita | Polka Dot Top: Lisa Marie Fernandez | Hair Band: Namrata Joshipura

6. Be Flexible 

Sometimes, things just don’t work out the way you want them to but it’s important to be flexible. When you’re on vacation, and in everyday life, learning to take things in stride and go with the flow is priceless. The whole point of a vacation is to have fun- and if you’re spending half the time freaking out about something that doesn’t really matter in the long-run you’ll regret it. So be flexible and go with the flow!

7. Lastly, Just Do You

Is there something you’ve been putting off for a long time because you feel like you’re always too busy or it’s not a priority? Take this time to just do you. What have you been neglecting or putting off? Even something as simple as getting a pedicure might just be in order. Take time to take care of yourself so you can really feel rejuvenated. As they say, you have to be 100% first in order to give 100% to anyone else (whether that be with your family, friends, significant other or work).

Do you guys have any tips for decompressing while you’re on vacation? Let me know in the comments below!



  • Definitely trying to work on the flexibility thing–especially with my upcoming trip 🙂
    Thanks for all the tips!


  • karla says:

    I went back on time and I ended up in this blog post.
    Always great tips. Loved them

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  • Maria says:

    Lovely photos. I am sad that summer is gone 🙁

  • sara nena says:

    I loved the video so much. I find that the pops colours look better on you, i loved the blue and yellow one a lot

  • Patricia says:

    Loving all the options you look so dope in al this different styles!

  • Anita says:

    Vacations should be a time when we forget about all world, it’s the only way to rest and get fresh mind to charge our batteries for new challenges.

  • Joy says:

    I love your blog.. what blog design do you use?

  • George says:

    Your photos are amazing!! Great tips for a vacation! We all want a worry free vacation wherever we travel!!

  • George says:

    Thank you Chriselle!! You give very good advice!! Thank you for sharing!! You’re wonderful!

  • ANGELEBABY says:

    absolutely LOVE all these suits! the photos are amazing

  • Anna says:

    I love love LOVE your photos! The earrings you’re wearing are gorgeous!


  • Lauren says:

    The “Save Draft” feature is huge 😀 I’ll be spending Labor Day weekend in San Diego and want to be untethered as much as possible. Thanks for the tips!


  • Jandrew says:

    Vacations can be stressful! The stressful part is usually getting where you are going ! Choose what type of vacation you want , if you are like me you need relaxation!
    Dress The Part

  • alexia says:

    Chriselle your so beautiful!!! Thank for being an inspiration to us all. I’m looking at vacation towards the end of the year – i plan on using all these tips so I can unplug and enjoy. Also, OMG the draft on instagram was the best thing to ever happen to me! xx

    See my latest post:
    // stronger together
    born bred BE – a blog by Alexia

  • I think being flexible is so important. Especially when you’re a blogger. There are many times where I get so disappointed otherwise. LOVED these tips and these suits! xx

    chevrons & éclairs –

  • Jennifer says:

    Great post! I love the advice and tips. I especially agree with #4 and #5. 🙂

  • Elizabeth says:

    Thank you so much for these great tips, Chriselle! <3 🙂 I'm kind of guilty of not being able to truly unwind because the process of preparing for the vacation usually kind of stresses me out a bit. Really glad you shared all of this great advice!

    XO, Elizabeth

  • Loving your tips. I’m often times stressed still during the trip and can’t take 100% off!

    XOXO //
    SINCERELY OPHELIA | NYC Petite Fashion Blogger

  • Shining says:

    How do you still get model worthy photos while on vacation?? Is your hubby just THAT well trained???

    I’m just asking because my boyfriend can’t take photos!! And we have been working on this for a while. 😂

  • I think unplugging is such n important part of enjoying your time off. It can become such a stress after a while…

  • Magda says:

    Great tips, love your photos!

  • Kiri says:

    I think the flexible one is the most important.
    You can plan; but if things don’t go the way they should it’s great to be able to chop and change and maybe have some down time!
    Set to Glow

  • Kathy R says:

    i totally agree with 4,5,7 (especially) for university term breaks. Small vacations are when you actually have time to think things through, pamper yourself, have a little break before you start off again with a fresh mind! thanks for your great tips 🙂

  • Savannah says:

    Such great tips to prepare a relaxing holiday x

  • simona says:

    Nice and lovely bikinis! You love great ….


  • Natali says:

    Unplugging and king somewhere new helps me a ton! Eres’ swimsuit and Kiini’s bikini are my favourite swimmers of all here.

  • La Bijoux Bella | by mia says:

    Wonderful tip to a happy healthier and worry free vacation! Love ❤️ it! 🙂

    🌸🍃LA BIJOUX BELLA 🌸🍃| By Mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

  • Mireia says:

    Absolutely love it!

    Mireia from TGL

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