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Let’s face it, traveling isn’t as easy as reading on the beach or lying under a palm tree as the potential for things to go wrong cannot be understated. You may lose all your money, flight connections may be missed, and that delicious meal might come back to haunt you. Generally speaking, there’s always some form of travel stress, both mentally and physically.
“Find a comfortable routine.” Says Alice Boyes, the author of “The Anxiety Toolkit” and former clinical psychologist, and who travels about one week per month. But what does a comfortable routine help you with? See with a well-planned routine, you can comfortably control most things that you are able to and you can also plan well ahead of time.
Are You a Stressed Traveller? If so, here’s how you can avoid it. Below, we share 5 tips that can be employed to relieve travel stress especially when it comes to packing, planning, and the travelling act itself.
1. Create simplified do-do lists
Needless to say, a to-do list is a list of items that you want done in the destination you’re traveling to. While the list in question is supposed to be a guide to whatever you’ve purposed to do, it can sometimes end up being the source of travel stress itself. So in-order to get it to work for you, chose a few things that you REALLY want to do and stick to them only.
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2. Keep vacation tasks to a bare minimum
Create a visual picture of where you’re headed and think about the things you can’t do without. For example, you can make sure to bring with you plenty of smaller-value dollar bills that come handy when tipping waiters, tour guides, shuttle drivers, housekeeping staff, etc.
3. Know your credit-card coverage
Unknown to some travellers, some sort of travel protection is offered by many credit cards. This protection may be in terms of lost luggage, trip cancelation coverage, rental car insurance and more. The point in doing this is to have a peace of mind in case something goes wrong down the line.
4. Don’t keep thinking about what might go wrong
Instead, you can think through all the possible scenarios that can help your mind be at ease. For example, you can begin by asking yourself three questions: “What’s the best that can happen? What’s the worst that can happen? And, what’s the most realistic?” According to Boyes, thinking through all these possibilities can turn out to be quite helpful in helping you deal with travel stress.
5. Make the most of your downtime
It’s easy to succumb to travel stress at the airport or on the flight, especially in terms of flight delay and flight cancellation. Instead of worrying about things like these that you have no control over, you could chose to read a book, or listen to music or podcast.
Travelling need not be stressful, especially when you have most things figured out as outlined and discussed above. Are you planning of traveling this holiday season? If so, make sure to follow the guide above. An informed traveller is a happy traveller. Life is nothing without a little adventure and travel stress shouldn’t be the villain in the story.