It’s one of life’s cruel ironies that summer vacations have a way leaving you feeling sore, exhausted or in pain by the time you get back home. Though you may be hoping the trip will help you relax and recharge your batteries, it’s not uncommon for the opposite to happen.

And that should be no surprise: while the average person takes between 5,000 and 7,000 steps per day, that number can easily double or triple while on vacation, which can take a serious toll on your feet. And because foot issues can lead to pain in the legs, lower back, neck and shoulders if left unresolved, it’s easy how to see how vacations can be anything but relaxing.

With the unofficial start to summer – Memorial Day – just around the corner, we put together some tips to help you get through your vacation unscathed. And while we were at it, we went ahead and made all of our shoes available for $30 off* now through May 20 so you can have a new pair of kicks for your big trip! Just use coupon code $30SALE at checkout.

Invest in Quality Shoes…

Perhaps the most important vacation upgrade you can make has nothing to do with hotel suites, ocean views or five-star restaurants – it’s your shoes. Improper footwear can cause conditions like blisters, shins plints, Achilles tendinitis or plantar fasciitis to rear their ugly heads in the short term, while lower back pain and stiffness in the shoulders and neck can flare up over time.

To help prevent these issues, we recommend a pair from our men’s or women’s FitLite Collections, which are available now for $30 off. They’re designed to provide maximum support through increased levels of exertion, all while keeping feet cool, comfortable and dry.

…and Socks

Here’s the deal: not all socks are created equal. And, if you’re going to invest in a comfortable pair of shoes for your vacation, you might as well pair them with a quality pair of socks. Our Copper Cloud socks are designed to improve circulation in the foot while wicking away moisture to prevent foot odor and soften the skin. We’ve also infused these socks with generous amounts of anti-fungal, antimicrobial copper fibers to further protect your feet. No more smelly, rough feet!

Take Advantage of the Mornings

Mornings on vacation are the best, plain and simple. Your energy is at its highest level, your body is well rested, the weather is friendlier and, hopefully, you've just had one of those big, "I'm on vacation" breakfasts. As the day goes on, however, temperatures rise, you start losing the pep in your step and fatigue can set in.

That's why you should plan the activities that require lots of walking or standing for the morning, leaving the afternoons open for relaxation or low-impact activities like seeing shows or kicking back by the pool.

Stay on Schedule

An easy way to make sure you stay well-rested and refreshed on vacation is to try to maintain your normal daily schedule. If you wake up around 6:30 am while at home, do the same on vacation. And if you normally start winding down and getting ready for bed by 8:00 pm, you should try to maintain that, too.

While it may be tempting to get your day started earlier or stay out much later on vacation, doing so can throw off your sleep schedule and keep you from getting a full night of rest. Without a full night of restful sleep, your body can’t effectively recover from the day’s activities, meaning you’re more likely to wake up the next day feeling sore and exhausted.

Ready to hit the road? Get your pair of shoes for $30 off* now by using the coupon code $30SALE at checkout!

*$30 off promotion excludes shoes on clearance and shoes with previously reduced prices. Offer expires May 20, 2019 at 2:00 pm ET.