To provide some relief and assist in restoring that work-life balance, Hilton Garden Inn recently partnered with several travel experts and bloggers for advice and tips to some of travelers’ greatest problems – and in regard to last-minute getaways, they found that the key to a successful spontaneous vacation is quick preparation, and efficiency is key. Credit: Hilton Garden Inn.

There's something so exciting about planning a vacation, yet more than half of American workers let their vacation days go to waste. But having time away from the stresses and daily grind of your job is crucial to a work-life balance. You work hard to earn your vacation days, so why not take full advantage of them with a last minute getaway?

To provide some relief and assist in restoring that work-life balance, Hilton Garden Inn recently partnered with several travel experts and bloggers for advice and tips to some of travelers' greatest problems - and in regard to last-minute getaways, they found that the key to a successful spontaneous vacation is quick preparation, and efficiency is key.

So before jetting off, you'll need a few tricks to ensure you're ready on time. Here are some tips you might find helpful when preparing for an impromptu getaway:

Get sleep
While your travel plans might have you feeling nervous and excited, it's important to get as much rest as possible before a vacation. You'll feel the urge to stay up late, trying to check those last minute items off your to-do list, but it's better to set a bedtime and stick to it. You'll want to start your journey refreshed and ready to take on an adventure.

Prepare for an easy exit
The night before you embark on your trip, pack your suitcase and set it by the front door, along with a list of things to do before you walk out of the house. The list could include things like packing your phone charger, feeding the fish, making sure all the lights are off or any other loose ends you need to tie up. When you create a list the night before, you'll have less risk of forgetting any important details when you're short on time.

Make a playlist
Before you leave on your trip, make yourself a "wind down" playlist of all your favorite mellow songs. When you're traveling, there's a lot on your mind. You have places to go, and sights and people to see - it can feel a bit chaotic. A calming playlist helps you to soothe yourself on the plane, lull yourself to dreamland in a hotel room or simply relax if you're stressed about travel plans.

Download the right apps
There are many apps available that make travel easier. Why not try the Hilton Honors app? When booking your last minute getaway, use the Hilton Honors app to find one of more than 700 Hilton Garden Inn properties around the globe. Once you book your stay, use the app to choose your hotel room, check-in online and request an Uber (available in select cities). Additionally, apps like Yelp and Trip Advisor have restaurant reviews and ratings so you can find the best spots for a yummy meal.

Make a plan for exercise
Traveling can be tough on your body, but if you plan ahead, you can fit some exercise into your schedule to get the endorphins flowing. When booking travel, make sure to choose a hotel that has a fitness center, such as a Hilton Garden Inn which features the latest cardio and weight training equipment. Look over your proposed itinerary and block out 20 to 30 minutes. If that's too much time to dedicate, you can also download seven-minute workouts on your phone, which you can easily do in your hotel room to get your heart rate up.

Put those vacation days to good use and plan a last minute-trip with these tips. After all, what's the point of working so hard if you can't enjoy a relaxing getaway?

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Contacts:
Jennifer Hughes
Director, Public Relations, Focused Service Brands
+1 901 374 6518
jennifer.hughes@hilton.com

About Hilton Garden Inn
The award-winning Hilton Garden Inn hotel brand provides business and leisure guests with upscale yet affordable accommodations and modern amenities for a successful and comfortable stay. The satisfaction promise affirms the brand’s goal to make each guest’s stay better and brighter. If something isn’t just the way you like it, simply let any hotel Team Member know, and we will make it right. Guaranteed. As a recognized F&B leader, Hilton Garden Inn caters to guests’ dining needs by serving daily cooked-to-order breakfast and offering full service restaurants and bars. Team Members at more than 750 hotels around the world are committed to guaranteeing today’s busy travelers have a bright and satisfying experience from the first hello when they arrive. Hilton Garden Inn is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct hotel brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations), available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. For more information about Hilton Garden Inn, visit www.hgi.com or news.hgi.com or connect on social media at Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

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Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,100 properties with nearly 838,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.