To find the ultimate relaxing getaway, you should take steps to leave the stress of work behind.

Beach vacations are a great opportunity to relax and recharge your batteries. Travelers who do work during their well-deserved time off may be robbing themselves of the full potential for relaxation, so taking advantage of some tips designed to leave the office behind can be a big help.

Leave work behind on your next beach vacation

Taking a vacation to Gulf Shores can be an amazing experience, but travelers who want to truly take their trip to the next level have to be prepared to fully commit themselves to the adventure. This often means leaving work behind - a task that is easier said than done.

According to a recent study from Pertino, a technology company, about 59 percent of Americans regularly check their email or take work calls during their vacation, with many even completing tasks during their days off. To some extent, staying connected to the office can be a good thing, as it allows you to take comfort in the fact that no major problems have popped up since you were last there, but it must be done in moderation for success.  

"The information age has enabled unprecedented levels of employee productivity from the corner office to the factory floor, but it has also created a dependency on the applications, files and data that employees depend on every day to get their job done," said Todd Krautkremer, vice president of marketing at Pertino. "This can actually lead to anxiety when an employee is disconnected for a protracted period of time."

To avoid this stress and focus all of your attention on enjoying your time at Gulf Shores vacation rentals, you may want to take advantage of a few tips. Here are some of the easiest and most effective methods for enjoying your beach vacation to the fullest: 

Dedicate yourself to a new task

To find the ultimate relaxing getaway, you should take steps to leave the stress of work behind.Sometimes, the best way to get your mind off of the office is to find something else to immerse yourself in. This could be as simple as selecting a good book to read on the beach or as intense as going on the lookout for a specific species of bird. Other good ideas include trying to capture the right family picture to use on the next holiday card or sampling multiple kinds of local seafood. 

No matter what you select, make sure the task is something you can set your mind to. If you're focused on an action that incorporates the very best of your vacation spot, you'll have less time to worry about work. 

Leave the electronics behind

An easy way to unplug yourself from your work is by leaving electronics at home. Going completely off-the-grid is hard for many travelers, but taking steps to limit your usage can give you more time to enjoy your family and the gorgeous surroundings in Gulf Shores. 

Even if you end up bringing some of your trusty gadgets with you, take steps to make sure your beach time is uninterrupted. Leave your phone and computer at Gulf Shores condos when you and your family embark on a nature walk or head to the beach. Not only will this keep the electronics safe from harm, but it will also allow you to focus wholly on spending quality time with your loved ones. 

Plan before you go

Much of the time leading up to your stay at Gulf Shores rentals will be spent finalizing your packing lists and getting your family members ready for the trip. However, if you can spare some time to make preparations with your co-workers, you may be able to save yourself effort in the long run. Let them know the circumstances by which they can contact you, as well as who in the office can handle your responsibilities during your break. By ensuring that everyone is up to speed, you decrease the chances they'll have to bother you with minor questions. 

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