21 February 2018

Guest Post - How to Avoid Stress While Travelling


A lovely little guest post by Shelby (The Shelby Chronicles)

Have you ever taken a vacation to get away from the stresses of life, and ended up on one anything but stress free? With flight delays, hidden fees, and annoying family members, vacations can, and usually do, go wrong in so many ways. That being said, I’ve listed the top ways to deal with vacation stress, so you can have that relaxing, stress-free trip you deserve (and probably need...).


Book everything in advance
Now a days it's pretty common to go through sites like Kayak and Expedia to book  package flight, rental car, and hotel deals. Personally, I think this is a fantastic idea! It not only reduces the risk of in county cost surprises, but also allows you to relax knowing everything i pre-planned/booked. Alongside  this, you can stay happy knowing that any annoying delays/problems will be covered by the booking company and will, more often than not, be sorted out by them too. Same thing goes for booking activities. You can often get caught up in the travel side of things that you end up lost on what to do once you get to your destination. My advice would be to do your reasearch! See what activities are available in the area you’re travelling to, and more importantly, how much they cost. Nothing is worse than going on your chill-out vacay and realizing you don’t have enough money for anything fun. Make an itinerary for each day, and schedule everything ahead of time. This way you don’t end up stuck stewing inside a boring hotel room.

Vacations are what you make of them
People go on vacation to get away from stress, so they tend to presume that it will be perfect, and this can often lead to disappointments. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying expect it to be awful, just don't expect instant perfection. Learn to go with the flow and be open to things going wrong, and random plan changes. This way you're more likely to feel satisfied even if something does go wrong.  No matter where you go on earth, whether a beautiful island or a rumbling city, there is always room for error, so explore with an open mind. 

Choose who you travel with wisely
The people you travel with will heavily impact your trip, no matter where you're going. Don't feel obliged to travel with family just because they are... well... family. If you know they're the type of people who increase your travel stress then keep then maybe keep the family time at home. You don't want to get to the end of the trip (or even a few hours in) not being able to look at the person you're with! Choose fun, flexible people to travel with, because they will be better at adapting to new surroundings and experiences. However, if you do end up travelling with your not-so-favorite friends, it's important to have a conversation with them before you leave. Explain your expectations of them while travelling and separate yourself from them whenever you need a mini mental break. Vacations are meant for making happy memories and, if you are spending time and money to take a trip, then you deserve to have a great time.

Make use of meditation apps
Meditation apps are honestly amazing for any kind of setting. If travelling becomes stressful, you can simply whip out your phone and headphones, and listen to soothing music on the go. It helps calm the mind, and turns hectic atmospheres and stressful situations into relaxing ones. My favorite meditation apps are called Calm and Breathe. They have meditation playlists for beginners, and mindful reminders that will get you through your day. I highly suggest listening to them if you're prone to stress, whether at the airport or on the beach, they can definitely be beneficial.  

Exploring is fun when done in small doses
I'm one of those people who loves to go go go when exploring new places. That girl who will jam-pack 50 activities into one day, and still feel she has time to cram in dinner at a restaurant and,  maybe, just one more little hike around the city. However, I've recently realised that maybe this isn't exactly the best way to spend time off, because I tend to wear down quick. I mean, I was literally coming back from a vacation, in need of another one straight away! So, i've learned to schedule my travel activities in small doses. Mix an ample amount of relaxing time with two short activities a day. I find this is a great way to go home feeling stress-free, while also feeling like you've experienced all that you can.

About the Author
Hi, my name is Shelby! I am a 22 year old Interior Design student and part time blogger! When I get time away from school and work I sit down to write blog posts on chic lifestyle choices, professionalism, and how to obtain healthy body and mind! So if any of those topics interest you or if you're simply curious to learn more then come check out my blog!

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2 comments so far

  1. I agree with the point about family. As much as I love my parents I'd much rather not have to travel with them, haha!

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  2. This is such a good read Shelby and so informative too. We are always stressed when traveling, from making sure we have packed enough food, toys to keep the kids entertained to making sure nothing is forgotten when we leave a place like the kid's dolls. Planning a trip well is so important to ensure a relaxing break.

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