Do you ever feel like traveling can be stressful? You’re suppose to be excited about your trip, and you are, but all you can think about is, “Do I have everything? What if traffic’s bad? I hope I don’t miss my flight”. Before my flight to the Philippines I started my day beautifully, had all my stuff packed and ready, but I still felt so anxious about traveling. It happens to almost everyone due to the many factors that play into travel and tons of horror stories that freak us out.
I stress out sometimes, and I’m sure you do too. So I’ve created a compilation of my top 7 stress-free techniques for your holiday travels.
Don’t let yourself figure out transportation and accommodation last minute – things like lines and fully booked hostels happen often especially around the holidays. Take a couple relaxing evenings to plan out your routes and stay. This way there will be little to no scrambling.
Give yourself extra time…
to pack, catch your flight, get to the airport or just drive to your destination. I always plan an hour or two more when traveling so I can do everything at a leisurely pace.
Workout the night before you travel.
Get your endorphins flowing so that you feel much happier and less anxious. Also, if you workout or do yoga the night before your full day of travel be sure to get a good nights rest. If your sleepy while traveling you’re more susceptible to forget something or get something stolen.
Drink lots of water and try to stay away from caffeinated drinks.
Coffee, sodas and especially energy drinks make it harder to handle stressful traffic, or anything for that matter. Your heart will be pumping due to all the sugar and the simple fact that you’re traveling and a little anxious.
Stretch and breathe…
keep your blood flowing by not sitting for long periods of time. Also, breathing in and out slowly can help calm your nerves and relax your body and mind.
Bring snacks in your carry-on.
This will help ease the tension of buying overly expensive food. There have been many times I’ve been hungry but didn’t want to buy the food that was available. So I’d reach into my bag and pull out my snacks. It helped relieve my stomach and helped me last a little longer until I found something more feasible.
Carry a small inflatable pillow and blanket/sarong.
I’m the kind of person who loves her blankets and when I’m at the airport overnight, on a plane or in the back of a car or bus I love to snuggle up. An inflatable pillow is perfect for travelers because it doesn’t take up much space and a small blanket can be rolled up tight. Can I tell you a secret? I actually took one of the airliners blankets recently because it is 100% polyester and small enough to fit in my little pink bag. I mean, they’re just going to throw it away, right?