When visualizing a happy place, some people imagine a beach in Florida. Closing their eyes, they can almost see the sparkling water, feel the warm sand on their feet, and smell the salty air. However, many beach trips end up being anything but relaxing, and tourists often return home sunburned and feeling like they need a vacation. The following tips will help you plan a restful getaway in the Sunshine State.

Choose the Right Beach

Beaches are not all created equal, and choosing the wrong one can be disastrous. Beaches that are densely populated with teenagers can increase your stress level as you fight for a square of empty sand, risk being stepped on, and are forced to listen to loud music. Instead of a highly developed tourist trap, choose a natural beach like Playalinda or Canaveral National Seashore. You will be amazed at the space you have to yourself, and the only sound besides the waves will be the persistent song of the beach grasshopper

Leave Work at Home

Don’t fall victim to the modern myth of multitasking. You cannot fully enjoy yourself if you are constantly checking your phone or trying to write an overdue report in the hotel room after dinner. If your profession does not allow you to be completely out of contact, you can still minimize the intrusion of work-related activities on your free time. For example, you can sign up for a Ninja Number account on your cell phone so you always know if your phone is ringing for work or personal matters, and can choose whether to answer.

Take Care of Your Body

Vacation is a time to rest and restore health to your body, not to do permanent damage to your skin. Every year, tourists learn the hard way that they can be afflicted with second and third-degree sunburns, even on cloudy days. Always protect yourself with a full-spectrum sunscreen. And if you do get burned, fresh aloe leaves are usually available in the produce section of local grocery stores. Simply cut off the tough outer peeling and apply the gelatinous inner layer to the affected skin.

This year, put as much effort into your relaxation strategy as you put into finding a cheap flight out of town. Choose a peaceful location, clock out of work, and take care of yourself. After all, this is your vacation and you deserve to make the most of it.