I don’t know about you but for me travelling is very stressful, the more I’ve done it the better it has become but, it is still never a day I wake up excited.
To help with those pre travelling or pre-flight butterflies here are my 8 best ways to reduce stress while travelling.
Make sure to follow this guide next time you’re jetting off on holiday or backpacking so that your travels run smoothly and remain as stress-free as possible.
My notes app is probably my most visited app when I am planning a trip and continuously thinking about what I want to take.
As soon as you have your trip arranged/planned, start your lists, you can always add to it or take things away as you go but I think having a list that you can brain dump all your ideas onto is so helpful.
Once you have decided on what you are going to take make it a tick list and tick things off as you pack them.
Finish packing the day before
This one is so important! I think packing and laying everything out ready the day before is key to reducing your stress levels on the day of travelling.
If you have everything either packed already, or folded and ready to be packed it makes it so much easier to be able to just finish it off and go.
Having to run around collecting things you want to take, all while trying to get yourself ready and ensuring you don’t leave your passport behind is not ideal and a recipe for disaster!
Plan ahead and make sure you have everything organised to ensure you are prepared.
Remember to breathe
If you do get stressed or anxious at any point just remember to come back to your breath. Your breath is the most effective way to get you out of your mind and back into your body and the present moment.
I always like to sit down in silence just before we are about to leave, close my eyes and take a few deep breaths to centre myself and calm my nervous system.
This brings me back into my body and reminds me to be chill and present during my travels.
Have all of your important documents together in a safe place
I have an anti-theft zip pocket at the back of my backpack where I like to keep all of my documents, I have things like my passport, a photocopy of my passport, my COVID vaccination certificates, money and anything else I need here.
If you keep everything all together in one place in a plastic wallet or a slippery fish it is much easier to ensure you know where it is if and when you need it.
Just always make sure to keep a copy of some spares somewhere separate, just in case you lose that slippery fish!
Use a small handbag or bum bag to carry your travelling essentials
There is nothing worse than having to rummage through your backpack or handbag to find one essential thing!
I always make sure I have a small handbag or bum bag with me. This way your phone, passport, lip balms, hand sanitiser and anything else is easily reachable when you want it.
Ensure you have read and understand the country’s entry requirements
I like to read these over then add them to my travel list on notes, this way I have a place that I can easily refer to if I want to double check.
Prebook transport the other side
There is nothing worse than travelling for hours and having to wait ages for a taxi or not being able to find the bus station.
Make sure to research what means of transport you want to use when you arrive at your destination and have your route planned out.
If you are going to use public transport such as buses or trains, check the schedule to make sure you have a service in mind and a few back ups just in case of delays.
If you’d prefer to use a Taxi speak to your accommodation and see if they can assist you with booking one, this way you can just walk out and look for someone holding your name on a board and it makes the process much easier and stress-free.
Have something planned to keep you busy
If you get anxious or even just bored during the travelling itself make sure you have planned for some things to do, whether that’s downloading a series or movie on Netflix, making sure you have a good book, planning out some photos that need to be edited or just like me you plan to write blog posts!
Keeping yourself entertained during travelling can help massively reduce stress and stop you from getting bored which can often lead to overthinking or anxiety.
These are a few of my favourite ways to remain calm and reduce stress when travelling. Travelling with anxiety can be hard especially if it is linked to moving about, getting on planes, buses or trains.
I hope this helps you to reduce your stress levels and have a smoother and more stress free journey when you next travel.
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