Hello everyone! 🙂
Thank you for popping in. I know it’s been a while since anything even moved around here. I hope you are good.
So, I was just going about my day, minding my own business when I glanced at a calendar…
My holiday is in less than a month’s time!
Time to stress.
My first thoughts were: “Oh, my word, do I have all my paperwork sorted?”
“What am I even going to do there?”
“Where exactly am I going again?”
I took a deep breath. I told myself, “Lindsey, stop. You’ve got this.”
I haven’t travelled all over the world but I have travelled enough to know how to make it as stress-free as I can. There are lots of ways to do this and everyone has their own methods of combatting the stress that travel can bring. Here are just a few of the ways in which I make travel less stressful.
Book flights, packages, and accommodation ahead of time.
For me, this is very important. I like to know ahead of time where I am going to, where I’m going to be residing, who I’m flying with, etc. The more certain I am about this, the more relaxed I am. I need to know that I’ll have a place to sleep and eat at the end of the day.
I know some people like to book their accommodation and flights all separately. This is perfectly fine and you can save money doing this! I, however, don’t mind paying for convenience. I like to get packages that include return flights and accommodation all in one. Sometimes, I like to add breakfast (if it’s not already included) or transfers to the packages.
If you know me, you’ll know I love and trust STA Travel.
Do research the city or country that you will be visiting
Learn about the area that you will be visiting beforehand. For instance, before visiting Thailand, I learned that the area of Khao Lak was hardest hit by the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami.
Did this stop me from visiting?
No, it did not.
But at least I knew about it before I got there. Haha! 😀
It’s also good to know about things like climate, crime rate, currency and exchange rate.
Do you want the best prices for flights and accommodation? Find out when the low season is, and what is peak season for that destination.
Wondering how much money you need for spending? Check the currency exchange rate first. You know the Rand is funny. One country might have you dividing your money by 15 and in another, you’re a millionaire!
Are you worried about the weather over there? Google: “best time to visit [insert destination here]” or if you want to holiday at a certain time, “visiting [destination] in [month]”.
Decide ahead of time which tours and activities you are interested in
Personally, I like to book 1 or 2 day trips ahead of time so that I know I will have some touristy things sorted way before I arrive. Trip Advisor is a good starting point to discover which tours, trips, and places are popular to visit. If you don’t want to book in advance, make a note of the ones you are interested in, then just look out for them when you get to your destination.
A wise man once told me to start my packing 2 weeks before I leave for a holiday or trip.
How would this make travel less stressful?
I thought he was crazy at first.
“Pack leisurely,” he said.
But then I saw what a good idea it actually is.
I don’t pack 2 weeks before exactly, more like 5 days in advance.
Firstly, make a list. It helps.
I pack all my “holiday things” first. Swimsuit, shorts, dresses, hats, etc. Then as the days go on I pack more things. Travel adapter, PJ’s, pants, t-shirts, underwear, a towel, a jacket. Until I have all my main checked baggage things. The day before all I have to pack are my documents and toiletries.
This saves me from that stressful night before packing dilemma.
“Do I have everything?”
“What else do I need?”
I can just chill and check things off my list every day.
If I can get all the essential packing done in one day, a few days before I fly, even better.
Oh, and please check with your airline about the rules on what you may pack in your carry on luggage. You don’t want to be that person that holds up the line at the airport.
Get a document holder… or two
These will make your life so much easier.
“May I have your passport, please?”
Instead of rummaging in your bag you’ll just casually whip out your passport/document holder that you got from Mr Price or Typo.
“Can I see your flight itinerary, please?”
Cool, calm, and collected, you open your plastic A4 document holder and had over your nicely printed out itinerary for the teller to scan.
If the only thing you do is keep all your boarding passes, ticket stubs, and documents in one place, then already you’ve made travel less stressful!
Be respectful of the people and the culture
This is probably not an obvious tip for a less stressful trip…
Don’t be a rude guest. Treat hotel staff and tour guides with kindness and respect. They work long hours and have to deal with all sorts of unkind people all day. They are there to see to your every need and that you have a good stay. The least you can do is to be kind.
Besides, you never know when you could get a room upgrade or you need help with something urgent.
I hope these tips helped to de-stress you a bit. What are some ways that you make travel less stressful?
May your next adventure be a lovely one. 🙂