March 07, 2016 16:28 ET

Diamond Resorts International® -- Vacations for Life® -- How to Prepare for Your Dream Vacation

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwired - March 07, 2016) -  Diamond Resorts International®, the hospitality company known for its commitment to providing guests with relaxing, rejuvenating vacations time and time again, is providing essential tips to help this year's surge in travelers preparing for a stress-free retreat. The travel industry is expecting a vibrant year in 2016, and the majority of tour operators are anticipating significant growth this year. Nearly half of all travel companies are increasing their staff to plan for a busy 2016. Airfare prices are expected to remain low, as Americans have the opportunity to save more due to the slow but steady progress in the economic prediction* for the New Year, particularly in the States and Europe.

The best way to guarantee an amazing dream vacation is to prepare well, and Diamond Resorts International® urges travelers to try these simple steps to ensure all the trips taken this year are as rewarding, stress-relieving, and memorable as they should be. The first tip -- build a to-do list and a packing checklist. Writing thoughts down is an effective psychological tool* for relieving anxiety and managing time. Instead of committing things to memory, everything from making arrangements for pet care to packing toothpaste, write it down, and cross it off when finished. Also, starting early can make vacation preparation easier. Create travel arrangements in advance and cross items off the to-do list with plenty of time to spare. This will make those last few days before departure more about getting excited for a wonderful vacation, rather than worrying that everything is in order.

Plan on staying unconnected by letting your co-workers know prior to your departure that you will be away and unavailable. Try and tie-up any loose ends at work and in your personal life, and then unplug the moment you step out of the door. While Diamond Resorts International® offers free WiFi and other services should guests need to check a few e-mails or get online for other reasons, it can be rewarding to take a break from the constant virtual stimulation. Try leaving the tablets and laptops at home and setting the smartphone on the 'Do Not Disturb' mode. It is important to consciously choose enjoyment, serenity, and bonding, not 'normal life' responsibility. Having a rest is vital in order to take advantage of all the health benefits of going on vacation, and to feel refreshed and even optimistic about going back to work and the daily routine. Drink in the colors at sunset, experience the charm of a new environment, smile, and create lifelong memories.

About Diamond Resorts International®

Diamond Resorts International®, with its network of more than 370 vacation destinations located in 35 countries throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Central America, Europe, Asia, Australasia and Africa, provides guests with choice and flexibility to let them create their dream vacation, whether they are traveling an hour away or around the world. Our relaxing vacations have the power to give guests an increased sense of happiness and satisfaction in their lives, while feeling healthier and more fulfilled in their relationships, by enjoying memorable and meaningful experiences that let them Stay Vacationed.™

Diamond Resorts International® manages vacation ownership resorts and sells vacation ownership points that provide members and owners with Vacations for Life® at over 370 managed and affiliated properties and cruise itineraries.

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