THE BEST-KEPT TRAVEL SECRET: THE NAP

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DSC_0014You have a list of all the must-see sights and the hours are ticking away. Your feet hurt. You’re getting cranky. You still want to go out tonight. You want to punch your travel buddies in the face. TIME OUT,  KIDS. It’s nap time.

We like to see and do everything everywhere we go, too. While this makes for a impressively productive trip, it also means we need a vacation from our vacation. And that’s when we know we’ve gone too far. Back pain. Blisters. Overall sweatiness. It’s not how it should be. Here’s where the afternoon nap comes in.

Schedule a mandatory stop back at the hotel at around 3 or 4 PM. It gives you time to fall into bed, remove your shoes, and lie still for 15 minutes. You don’t even have to sleep. (Set your alarm if you do. Only cat naps are allowed otherwise you’ll never wake up.) Pop on the TV. Change your clothes. Reapply deoderant. (Yes, you do smell. You should probably shower.)

If your hotel sucks or it’s too far away, take an extended break at a café or in a park. Take a nap with the dirty hippies in Alamo Square in San Francisco. Watch the people in the plaza from a café in Madrid. The afternoon nap only requires giving your feet some rest, reflecting on the awesomeness of your trip so far, and maybe a little caffeine. You’ll thank yourself later.

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