When it comes to planning a trip away, the last thing you want is stress. Daily life is hectic enough, and so, the last thing you want is your time away ruined because you’re feeling stressed out. The idea behind a holiday is that it allows you to rest and unwind so that you feel much calmer and happier. The only problem is that travel, if not properly planned, can come with a whole lot of stress. The good news, however, is that beating travel-related stress is much easier than you would think. It just takes some careful planning; that’s all. I haven’t travelled anywhere near as much as I’d like, but I have picked up some helpful tips when I have!
Know how to keep flight stress at bay
Plane flights themselves can be highly stressful, especially if the plane is packed out and you’re going on a long journey. Not to mention all of the waiting that you will have to do in the airport for your plane to board. That alone is enough to cause a high amount of stress that could, potentially, ruin your trip. The best thing to do to keep flight stress at bay is pack all the essentials in your carry on. This should comprise of various snacks, drinks – if allowed, and things to keep yourself occupied. For this, books and magazines – or a Kindle, and a tablet and pair of earphones are all must-haves. If you find that you get easily stressed when flying, an adult colouring book and pencils could be a great way to reduce any anxiety that you have. Another simple way to reduce stress is to ask for a seat upgrade when you arrive at the airport. Many airlines like to fill up as many first class seats as possible, so it’s always worth asking.
Book private transfers
There is nothing more stressful than having to spend hours on a bus or train getting to and from the airport. So, to make your transfers more enjoyable and less stressful, consider booking private ones, such as an airport minibus. That way you and your travel buddies can all travel together but without having to get onto an overcrowded bus or train. Plus, you’ll have the added benefit of not having to wait around for other travelers, and can head off once everyone in your travel group is ready to go.
Read up and research beforehand
It’s always a good idea to read up and research your travel destination before you arrive. As that way, you don’t have to stress about choosing what to do once you arrive, as you’ll already have it sorted. For researching your destination, guide books can be a good place to start. However, the best resource has to be the internet. From travel blogs to review sites, there are plenty of places you can get information from to help you plan your trip, making it much less stressful.
To ensure that your trip is as free of stress as possible, take note of the tips and advice above. As that way, you can make sure that your trip is highly enjoyable and memorable for all the right reasons!