Travel should be the best thing to help people deal with the stress of everyday lives. But there are times when travel can be the cause of stress. However, with careful planning, travel does not have to be stressful.
Here are some good tips to make you travel less stressful, as follows:
Set a Realistic Budget, Stick to It
All too often money is the source of people problems, or more often, the lack of it. Whether you are off on a weekend away or a longer trip, keeping control over your finances is Key. Before you set out, think about what you can afford to spend, the restorative benefits of a vacation will soon fade if you are cash strapped when you get home. Seek advice from fellow travelers as to likely costs of living at your destination. Be realistic when it comes to your accommodation choices. Do not make rash decisions when it comes to activities and excursions. It’s also prudent to carry a backup credit card or keep a reserve of emergency cash, just in case the unforeseen happens.
Study Local Safety and Security
Nothing ruins a trip more than feeling concerned about your own safety, whether you are a solo traveler or opting for the security of a group tour. Decide what your bottom line is in terms of your destination. Take risk mitigation measures when you are there. Think carefully about the district where you will stay, particularly if you plan to use public transport or have to arrive after dark. Leave your most precious possessions behind and make use of the in-room safety deposit box for those things you need to have with you, such as your passport. Ask your accommodation for the number of a reliable taxi driver, often safer than hailing a cab on the street. Heed your government’s safety advice and make sure you are well insured.
Allow Time For Connections
One of the most stressful parts of travel is what happens at the airport. Tight connections compound your worries, allow plenty of time between flights if you cannot fly direct. For some airports, this could be as much as 3 hours, so pack a book, plug in your headphones or plan a coffee stop. The wait at the luggage carousel can also be traumatic, especially if you had to run to catch your 2nd flight. If it’s possible to travel with just carry-on luggage, that is preferable, but increasingly, airlines are tightening up on what you are allowed to take into the cabin with you. If you have to check baggage, be sure to pack all valuables in your carry-on bag and also squeeze in a change of clothes. Most bags that do not turn up on the carousel do arrive eventually, so having a fresh set of clothes and a toothbrush buys you time before you have to really get fresh’d.
Embrace New Experiences
Knowing yourself is a key part of dealing with stress when you travel. There is a balance between the rush that comes from pushing your boundaries and going so far beyond your comfort zone that do not enjoy yourself at all. If you do want to try new experiences, do so at a pace you can cope with, and be honest with yourself what that is. Plan your itinerary so that you have days when you spoil yourself and days when you challenge yourself.
Manage Your Expectations
Perhaps most important of all is the need to manage your expectations. If you have built up that trip to be the perfect vacation, it is likely to fall short. Beating yourself up about it will be very stressful. Train yourself to see the positives in every situation. Never stress about what you cannot control, keep calmer. Accept that flight delays, long queues and less than ideal hotel rooms are all part of the Joy of Travel. Stress-free is the only way to travel.
Enjoy your travels