Despite the fact that travel is supposed to be fun and enjoyable, many people return from their travels feeling more exhausted than when they left.
Traveling can be a stressful thing if you don’t deal with it the right way, and if you plan a longer trip, you will soon realize that this can’t continue for very long until you start seeing the consequences.
I’m pretty good at coming up with problems and stressing out for nothing, but after years of traveling I’ve learned a thing or two to make my travels less stressful.
Don’t Make Your Plans Into A ”To-Do” List
Often when we travel we tend to think that we can squeeze a hundred things into one day, because we want to do and see so many things.
You want to make the most out of a place, and often convince yourself that making the most out of a place means doing as much as possible.
It is necessary to plan a trip, but when your plans start looking more like a ”tick off” list, it’s a warning sign.
Remember that you want to enjoy the things you see while you are actually in the moment, not feeling relief once you have it ”done” and can tick it off the list.
Sometimes less is more, and after all it’s not about how many things you’ve seen, but how you enjoyed the ones you saw.
Give Space For ”Me-Time”
Traveling with your partner, friends or family will put a strain on your relationship. Not only do you basically hang out 24/7, but mix in culture shocks, stressful situations and a new environment and you will see a whole new side of the person you travel with.
You are two individuals and have different opinions and likes, perhaps even more so when traveling.
We have found these two things help us avoid too many fights:
- Create some open space for each other, even on a holiday you need some time to be with yourself and relax with a book.
- Compromise. By not always trying to get things your way you will find that traveling is a lot easier and relaxed than by always nagging about the small things.
Money in itself might not make you happier, but your attachment to money makes a huge difference.
We have found ourselves enough times over the years running around cities for over an hour looking for a cheap place to eat, to know that spending some more money than planned on a meal saves a lot of hassle, irritation and stress.
Very often I find myself being foolishly cheap. When you’re in a country where everything is cheap you lose perception of the value.
When something suddenly costs more than you are used to in that country it feels expensive – and when you return back home you realized just how cheap it really was, causing unnecessary stress.
Lose (Your Obsessive) Control
The fewer rules you have in life, the happier you will be. Don’t try to control the uncontrollable. If something happens and you can do something about it, then be proactive and do it. If you can’t, then let it go and move on.
This goes especially for the airport. There are many stressful situations at airports, and add to that long ques and a lot of people and you have a recipe for disaster.
The best thing you can do to lower your stress is to be early. Rather being too early than running late. And don’t get worked up about nothing and let other peoples’ stress affect you.
When you go through the custom control, take it slow, make sure you know where you put everything.
One of the best ways of lowering stress for me is to set up routines that I do every day. By having some routines you get structure, and everything that falls in between can be handled easier.
For example, I make sure to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner around the same time every day.
Double Up & Be Organized
Bring copies of your passport and other important documents so that in case you would lose them, you have a back up which will make everything so much easier.
When it comes to traveling, being organized will make things much easier and often quicker. Pack everything in the same place every time, so that you can easily see if something is missing.
Pack the money and documents in the same different places every time so that you know where you have everything.
We always pack the day before leaving, prepare the day pack if we travel by train and if we fly we put all liquids in the little bags you get at the airport, to avoid the hassle later on.