"You will visit six countries in eight days" the travel agent says, "each day cram-packed with activity."
Books, magazines and travel folders are loaded with suggestions on what to do and what to see on your next vacation. Seldom is there an article written on what not to do-which would make most peoples vacations many times more satisfying and certainly more relaxing.
It seems that with the "good and affluent life" has come a need to outdo, outdistance and out vacation not only the neighbors, but also the previous family holiday. And so, every year millions of Americans take to the highways and airways determined to cram as much into as short a period as possible. In doing so, they are not using good judgment or maximizing the potential of truly enjoying their vacations.
Mr. Simpson can't understand why his wife always gets sick on vacations; the employer can't understand why so many workers end up taking a couple days sick leave immediately on returning from a vacation; safety authorities can't understand why there are more accidents in vacation activities than in occupational activities.
What it all boils down to is we have sought a good life with more leisure, but most people just don't know how to handle it when they get it. We travel too far; we run too hard; we eat too much; we play too vigorously. We over indulge ourselves in every category of activity and very often find ourselves nursing an upset stomach, and strained back, even head and body pains, or some more serious health problems.
With this in mind the American Chiropractic Association has compiled a list on DON'TS.
(1) Don't try to cram too much into your vacation. While a heavy schedule of activities any seem like fun in the planning a fatiguing schedule can be dangerous to your health and well being. Fatigue dulls reflexes, slows reactions and often causes erratic responses to situations.
(2) Don't try to drive too far in a single day. Take your time, allowing normal food and rest stops.
(3) Don't eat junk food, try to maintain a regular schedule of meals, even when faced with time change, eating the same kinds of foods you normally do. Don't skip meals; don't over eat.
(4) Don't rush- Allow ample time to pack and get to the airport if you are traveling by plane, start early if you are traveling by car.
(5) Don't miss your sleep. Get as much, and even more, sleep during your vacation as you do at home.
(6) Don't try to do things that you are not in physical shape to do. For example, don't try to spend a day playing tennis or hike across a mountain if you haven't done these activities in years.
(7) Don't take too much luggage, Carry only what you can conveniently handle. If you need help, get it.
(8) Don't be the ''work-horse'' for the whole family; let everybody pitch in with the various tasks to be done.
(9) Don't sit in the same position for a long time. If you are traveling by air, try to elevate your feet, or get up and walk down the aisle periodically. If you are traveling by car have a good posture seat. If you don't, take one a bath towel, fold it across the back just above the hipbones, will help support the spine, decreasing fatigue and backache.
(10) Don't get too much sun. Many a vacation has been ruined nursing the effects of severe sunburn or heat prostration, only because the victim "forgot" how long he or she was exposed
(11) Prepare in advance for your vacation and increased activity, have your spine adjusted prior to your trip.