Holidays and vacations are a big transition from the daily grind. Taking a holiday sometimes seems like work, especially if there is a lot of planning of the vacation and departure activity.
Holiday's can create crunch times in their preparation stages. A few years ago I planned a lengthy journey to England. This involved lots of advance planning and a minutia of details. In a while, I will start planning another big trip and I am at a bit of a loss to figure out how to make it better.
1) Take the planning one part at a time.
2) Don't expect every detail to be perfect.
3) Accept the concept that at least three things are suppose to go wrong with any big plan.
4) Follow the Crunch Time guidelines.