Traveling is a wonderful experience. You get to meet new people, see wonderful places and spend quality time with your friends or family members. But, traveling can be quite stressful as well. Sometimes stress can be quite overwhelming to most people thus preventing them from having fun. To make sure you always have fun regardless where you go, this article brings you 10 tips for stress-free travels. Keep reading to find out what they are.
- Check in online and book seat before you travel
In order to avoid the stress that comes when you’re running behind and get to the airport only to see a huge line in front of you, checking in online is a perfect solution. After all, you don’t want to start your trip stressed out.
Long lines aren’t the only potentially stressful situations you will encounter on the way to your destination. For instance, you might find yourself seated between two larger passengers; which isn’t the nicest situation in the world particularly if you’re on a longer flight. You can easily avoid this stress by booking your seat before you travel.
- Plan how to manage stress and anxiety
Traveling can be particularly stressful for people with anxiety disorders. Instead of spending the entire time on your trip feeling stress out and miserable you should come up with a plan of what to do when your symptoms appear. When it comes to these disorders, symptoms can be triggered by stressful situations and sometimes they can appear without warning.
Regardless of the cause, it’s good to have a plan that includes deep breathing strategies and other techniques of relaxation. Ideally, you should visit your doctor before the trip who will provide useful tips, prescribe medications to treat symptoms. Your health-care provider can also help you get to the root of the problem i.e. determine the underlying cause of anxiety you feel when you travel.
- Make essentials checklist
Before you even go for your holiday, business meeting, etc. you should ask yourself what you need for your travel. Create a list of all essentials to pack easily. Make sure all documents you will need are on the list as well. Ideally, you should pack by reading the list and checking each item as you put it into your travel bag. Remember, the best way to travel is to travel light and only back things you know you will need. This way, you will avoid the stress that comes with packing, unpacking, and drag the bag from one place to another.
- Bring a “calming” item
Your calming item can be just about anything that makes you feel relaxed in certain situations. Without this item, you would focus on your symptoms only or to the cause of the stress and the problem could aggravate. For example, it can be a stress ball or iPad where you can play relaxing music or videos.
- Give yourself enough time to arrive at your destination
To avoid stress and to feel anxious, you should plan your entire trip thoroughly which also includes getting to the airport. It’s good to write down your plan to keep you focused. When making this itinerary, always think about how much time you will need at the airport to go through baggage check and security lines. This way, you won’t have to hurry as you’re not running late, and you will feel relaxed.
- Wear comfortable clothes
Trips should be relaxing affairs; which is why you shouldn’t wear uncomfortable and tight clothes on your plan, bus or even when you’re exploring your holiday destination. You should wear clothes that are comfortable and made of natural materials that allow your skin to breathe. When some clothing item is uncomfortable, it will make you feel awkward and thus increase stress levels.
- Spend the night in hotel before you go
If you don’t live near the airport and your flight is at midday, you can avoid the hassle and stress by spending the night in the hotel that is close to the airport. This way, you can get much-needed sleep, wake up rested, and have enough time to have a healthy breakfast and get ready before you go. Some hotel airports also offer free transport to the airport which means you don’t have to ask anyone to drop you off or call a cab.
- Drink plenty of water
Staying hydrated is important, and traveling shouldn’t change that. For example, flying can dry out your skin and body. Plus, when you are thirsty or dehydrated you are more likely to become grumpy and irritated. When drinking plenty of water, you will land to your destination feeling refreshed and ready to have a great time.
- Use distractions
When stressed out during your trip you are more likely to focus on your symptoms. Unfortunately, focusing on the symptoms can only make things even worse, and your stress levels can increase. Instead of focusing on sensations in your body and how stressed you are, you should divert your attention to other activities. For example, you can read a book or your favorite magazine, or you can play your favorite game on your tablet. It’s also helpful to write down some inspirational and relaxing thoughts that you can read when feeling stressed.
- Print off hotel details and locations
When you’re in an unfamiliar place, it can be quite difficult to reach your hotel particularly if you’re in a country where they don’t speak English. It’s recommended to print out hotel details and addresses of various locations and always keep them with you. This way, you won’t have to rely on your phone. If your battery dies or you don’t have an internet connection, you might feel stressed. Having addresses and locations printed can be extremely helpful. Plus, you can just show the address to a cab driver, and he can take you there.
Traveling can be quite stressful, and the problem gets even worse when you already suffer from some anxiety disorder. Tips from this article can help you travel and reach your destination stress-free.
About the Author
Adonia Dennis (@adoniadennis), by profession is a Health, Beauty and Skin Care adviser. She provides solutions related to health and beauty problems. She is an independent researcher who researches for all type of skin related issues. She is a passionate blogger who loves to read lifestyle news and share her views on health, fitness and diet. Visit Adonia on Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest.