A Worry-Free All Inclusive Vacation

A worry-free all inclusive vacation
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Updated: Mar 9th, 2017

An all-inclusive vacation is supposed to be your chance to relax – to let go of the stress that hounds your daily life.

But when those voices in your head (and we all have them!) start nagging you with questions like “did I lock the back door?” and “what if a package arrives while I’m gone and sits on my porch?”……it can really put a damper on your zoned-out-by-the-pool time.

But worry not! HomeAdvisor.com has put together a terrific article on “Preparing Your Home for Your Time Away” (link below) so you can relax knowing that your home is as safe as it can be.

Key Tips:

  • Walk around the outside of your house and yard, look for things that could become a problem while you’re gone – a loose fence panel, broken roof shingle, loose items on your patio that could get swept away in gusts of wind, or an unlatched screen door.
  • If you’ll be gone more than a week, ask your neighbor to check in periodically to make sure there aren’t any issues that need to be taken care of immediately.
  • Put your car in the garage to keep it safe from bad weather and curious critters, or if your area only has street parking, leave a spare key with your neighbors so they can move it in the event of an emergency.
  • Unplug all appliances and electronics that don’t need to run while you’re away, but only unplug your Internet modem and wifi router IF they aren’t supporting your home security system. This is about more than just saving money — if a power surge occurs while you’re away, it could fry your appliances and electronics or even cause a malfunction. Sometimes a surge will cause a garage door to open on its own, which can make an empty house vulnerable to poor weather, curious animals, or even thieves looking for an easy target.
  • Don’t forget to inspect your fridge for any food that might spoil while you’re gone!
    • Bonus tip! In addition to the various travel apps for your smartphone, your home security system should have a smartphone app too (ADT does) that lets you monitor your home and receive alerts, giving you additional peace of mind while you’re away! Be sure to check out the Additional Resources below.

      These are the key items, but there’s much more in the article, it’s worth taking a few minutes to read, especially if you’re planning to be gone more than a few days.

      A Worry-Free Vacation: Preparing Your Home for Your Time Away

      By HomeAdvisor.com

      Going on vacation is supposed to be a time to take a break from the usual worries of life and enjoy being away. But it can be tough to relax if you’re concerned about your house, especially if you’re going to be gone for an extended period of time. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to ensure that your home will be ready for your trip. [Continue Reading…]

      What other steps do you take to ensure a no-worries vacation?

About Trisha Miller 46 Articles
Trisha is the Editor-in-Chief at Travel Writers Exchange, a community for travel writers & bloggers. She's also a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, and a former member of the IFWTWA, serving on their Board of Directors from 2009 through 2015. When not traveling the world, Trisha occasionally guest-blogs for a number of websites, writing mainly about travel and technology, sometimes both at the same time.

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6 Comments

  1. Excellent advice. We, my husband and I are planning a trip to Mexico for a two week stay at an all inclusive resort. We also do last minute house checks. Windows and doors locked? Hot water heater turned to vacation? Air or Heat turned down. We have our handy check list and work through it.

    • Great tips, Harriet – thanks for sharing! I think the key is having a checklist – you can always modify the list for whatever suits the occasion (short trip vs. long trip, winter vs. summer, etc) but by having a list you can be sure you won’t waste time worrying about having forgotten something – and why ruin your vacation worrying about something at home!

  2. I understand that there are some apps for your phone that allow you to monitor activity inside and outside. I suppose though that they might just be like Facebook. You would want to constantly be on, checking things out. Not much of a relaxing vacation.

    • Hi Sandy – excellent point!

      There are a number of apps that let you monitor your home while away – I’ve added a couple of links above under “Additional Resources” to articles that explain how to do this, and of course the ‘big name’ in this field is ADT (if you use them for your home security).

      Whatever app you choose, ideally you would want it set to ‘notify’ you in some way (a text maybe?) IF there is a problem, so that you don’t have to be continually checking it, so no notifications = your home is safe, leaving you free to relax!

  3. Depending on how long I plan to be gone, a week or a month or sometimes two months, I either have a neighbor or I hire someone to check on the house. Where I live, storms can do damage that needs to be tended to right away. The old adage “don’t worry, be happy” only works for me if I feel everything is cared for. I have someone that I can hire but for those who don’t, is there a referral company or a company that hires bonded reliable people that you know of that might have a web site.

    • Hi Ken,
      Great question! I think most people are best off to ask friends for references, or just have a trusted friend or family member take care of their home, but when that doesn’t work, then Angie’s List is probably the very best resource for finding qualified and reviewed local businesses (and self-employed individuals).

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