By Katherine Rundell
It’s true that travelling can be stressful. Everything has to go well from start to finish, right? But whether this trip is for business or for vacation, it should at least be enjoyable for you.
Good news! You can cut down on stress by prepping yourself for the entire trip. Here are five travel tips that will help to reduce travel stress and anxiety.
1. Have A Travel Plan
“There’s doing research ahead of time, making travel arrangements and bookings, making an itinerary, and even packing for the trip. Even the most experienced travellers will tell you that they have had stress over planning. So, try to plan in parts and stages, rather than plan everything all at once. Also, if you’re travelling with other people, have each person do different tasks so that it splits up the work. And, if you need to, find a travel agent that will help you take the guess work out of planning your trip.”
2. Have A Realistic Budget
When travelling, money can dictate where you can go, how to get there, where to stay, and what to do without breaking the bank. This can be stressful if you want to have fun and do things on a trip.
First, have a realistic budget to work with. If something is too expensive for you, either skip it, or keep saving for it. Plus, seek advice from family and friends, if budgeting starts to get overwhelming for you so that you can have more than one pair of eyes to look it over. Then, remember that the purpose of the trip is to have fun, relax, and make good memories.
3. Stay Safe
When travelling to a new place, anything can happen, especially danger and risk. Some places have a reputation of being prone to shootings, kidnappings, or armed conflicts. Therefore, feeling unsafe is highly understandable. However, in some cases, people’s fears can be tied to relying too heavily on statistics. Travelling should open doors to new experiences, activities, foods, customs, and culture, not scare you away.
First, research where you want to travel to. If language barriers are a problem where you don’t have time to learn another language, don’t go. And, if a place looks suspicious or unappealing, it’s an easy skip.
Also, make sure you know how currency works in your destination. Some countries will accept U.S. currency, while others won’t. And, make sure that your bank/card company knows that you’re travelling, so that your card doesn’t get declined at any point during the trip.
4. Be Ready For Anything
“There’s always a ‘what-if’ in travelling, if not many,” says Darryl Mayle, a lifestyle writer at Essay Services and UKWritings. “While it’s not possible to plan for these ‘what ifs,’ it is possible to have a game plan for when you’re low on money, getting lost somewhere, getting sick or injured, or having to deal with unexpected changes or obstacles.”
Use a credit card only for emergencies. Also, buy travel insurance (with health included), so that most (if not all) of your medical expenses are covered. Plus, guide books and maps are your go-to resource, if you ever find yourself lost.
Finally, understand that some things are beyond your control:
- Traffic Jams
- Flight Delays/Cancellations
- Severe Weather/Natural Disasters
- Lost Luggage
- Cancelled Reservations/Not Being Booked
Although you may not be able to avoid these problems entirely, you can still plan ahead to reduce the likelihood of them happening to you.
5. Be Happy After Traveling
Coming home can be a big concern, if you’re worried about the work piling up at home or at work once you return, or if you’re worried about bills.
Try to relax, and reflect on how much fun you had on the trip, and how great it was to step out of your comfort zone in the first place. And if you’re still feeling stressed out, don’t be afraid to seek professional help.
Travelling should be fun and exciting, not stressful. With careful planning and a positive mindset, you’ll be able to overcome any anxieties that may rise from travelling.
We hope that these five tips are helpful in your next trip, or in your first travel experience. Happy travels!
Katherine Rundell writes for Assignment Writer and Big Assignments. As an e-learning consultant, she has strong experience conducting gap analyses, developing learning objectives and creating engaging training. Katherine is a blogger at Boomessays Review.