The idea of vacation is pretty sweet, isn't it? The lazy hours of doing nothing on the beach, the sunset strolls, novels that read smooth as martinis. Reams of free time. Relaxation.
Now comes the big reality buzzer. All too often, vacations don't live up to the dream. In fact, they become a negative stress trigger because you didn't have the great time you expected and maybe even head back to work more depleted than when you started.