It's almost as if Mercury retrograde enjoys meddlingwith vacation plans, one small yet crucial detail at a time. The planet is thought to make travel plans go haywire when it's in its three-week long retrograde period, due to the fact that, according to astrology, it rules communication and technology. This summer, Mercury is retrograde from Jul. 7 to Jul. 31. That's probably when you're planning on vacationing, right? Same. Don't despair, there are Mercury retrograde survival tips if you're on vacation and are ~feeling~ this chaotic astrological energy.
Anytime I have traveled during Mercury retrograde, something has gone awry. The rental car breaks down. The hotel doesn't have the reservation in their computer even though I have a confirmation number. The flight is delayed, but only once I'm seated on the plane, where of course the cool air isn't properly working. No trip has ever been doomed by the retrograde, but frustration on a vacation doesn't feel like a break from the stress of daily life. Which, correct me if I'm wrong, is what we take vacations for?
There are, thankfully, a number of ways to survive Mercury retrograde if you're going on or are already on a vacation. "When Mercury retrogrades, all communication-focused activities like travel experience delays and interruptions," Narayana Montufar, senior astrologer at Astrology.com and Horoscope.com, tells Bustle. While technology might let you down, these tips won't. Having patience and ~going with the flow~ will ease you into an enjoyable, albeit wonky, time away.