Organising a long trip can be a great deal of hassle, particularly when you’re travelling across national boundaries. And things can get even more stressful once you’ve started to put your plans into action, and you’re actually out on your travels.
If you’re like to minimise stress when you’re travelling, then you’ll be pleased to learn that there are a few simple tips which can help you do so. Let’s run through a few of them!
Keep things flexible
Understandably, many holidaymakers try to cram as many activities as possible into the available time for maximum fun. But if you’re struggling to meet your commitments, stress can often be the result. Inevitably, you’ll have to contend with unexpected delays to flights, cancellations to trains, and other setbacks that go beyond your control. You can deal with these by booking a few fixed activities, and leaving the time in between for leisurely exploration of side-streets, and lounging by the pool or in the bar.
Even if you’re checking in online, it’s always worth showing up at the airport a couple of hours in advance. That way, if any delays occur when you’re on the way, you won’t miss your flight. If you organise your airport transfers in advance, you’ll minimise delay after you’ve left the airport, too.
Keep your passport in date
This might sound like an obvious piece of advice, but there are some countries (like the US) which require you to have at least six months left on your passport before they’ll let you into the country. So, if your passport is nearing its expiration date, then make sure you apply early, and forget the stress of wondering whether you’re going to have to board another plane back home before your trip even starts!
If you’re having to carry around masses of luggage everywhere you go, then even the simplest of travelling tasks can be a challenge. Just think about how liberated you feel when you check a heavy bag in at the airport, and you’re free to explore unburdened.
If you go for a very small case, then you won’t have to contend with baggage claim at all; you’ll be able to simply put everything in hand-luggage. This not only saves you the stress of wondering whether your bag will arrive intact; it’ll also save you the cash you’ll spend on that space in the hold.
Research in advance
When you’ve arrived in a strange and unfamiliar place, you’ll want to have already formed an idea of where you’d like to eat, and what the best way to get there is. Trying to find things out when you’re in a foreign country with minutes to spare can be enormously stressful – and it can place a considerable strain on your data spending, too.