There is nothing I love more than travelling to new places, exploring unknown territories and soaking in unfamiliar cultures. It is a hobby that is common among many, but the road to relaxation is never easy. Luckily, experienced travelers have discovered the secrets to keeping your travels free from unnecessary stress, right from when you step out of your house up until your return.
Drink plenty of water
One of the easiest ways to avoid stress during hectic times like traveling is by staying hydrated. Although this may seem simple, many people tend to forget this cardinal rule, making them really thirsty and leaving their skin dry. ITPro says that you should drink lots of fluids 24 hours before your travels, and continue hydrating throughout. That way, you’ll feel refreshed and minimize chances of grumpiness.
Take advantage of combined bookings
Not every destination is a single flight away. Often, travelers will have connections, or need to travel by bus or train to get to their final stop. Travel agencies are excellent resources for all-in-one bookings. In fact, partnerships between airlines and land transportation services have been forged for optimum traveling convenience. Earlier this year, British Airways teamed up with a couple train companies, including Heathrow Express which links to UK’s busiest airport as outlined on Parking4Less, reducing worries for possible missed connections.
Have a friend or family member drop you off
Making your way through the airport is one thing, but actually getting to the airport is a different story. Don’t risk a temper tantrum from a missed flight by asking a loved one to bring you to and from the airport. That way, you can save on gas, and you can arrive at the airport on time, or even early. Just remember to factor in traffic. If there’s no rush, you’ll remain calm and have plenty of free time to wind down!
Pack something in your carry-on that will make you happy in an instant
Whether it’s your favorite book or it’s your iPad, Huffington Post recommended to pack a favorite item of yours that you know will keep you at ease within the hustle and bustle of the airport. That, plus earphones or earplugs, will immediately switch your mood.
Although there are plenty more tips for reducing stress in rather stressful traveling situations, the ones listed above are a good start.