• Teelesia Martin

5 Tips for Stress-Free Travel

Updated: Dec 7, 2018

1. Plan Ahead

Stress can come from being too overwhelmed and trying to figure out 8 things at once. If you prepare a list of attractions you’d like to see, activities you’d like to do and restaurants you’d like to try, this can minimize the overwhelming feeling and give you ideas for each day of your trip. After all, who wants to be hangry in a new city or country with no idea of where or what to eat? It’s nice to try the random spot on the corner every now and then but what if it’s a steakhouse and you don’t eat meat? Or a god-loving donut shop but you’re gluten-free? Be sure to plan ahead to save yourself the mental breakdown and side effects of hunger pains.

2. Start Packing Early

This is just a helpful recommendation. I do not follow this technique at all! In my numerous attempts to begin packing early, I’ve failed every time and spend the last minute pacing back and forth through my closet yelling about what I’m going to wear and need to have, until eventually throwing up my hands and confirming with self that I will be naked or mismatch and I don’t care what anyone thinks. If you want to be stress-free, don’t do this! Pack early, take out all the necessities and put them in your suitcase, leaving only minor things to finish packing later.

3. Book for off-Season

Many destinations have seasonal events and activities that may turn a quiet, relaxing city into a spring break frat party or a drunk, island nude fest. If you want to avoid the crowds, excessive noise and insane activities, plan to travel during off-season when less is happening.

4. Set Reminders

If you have a vague memory and sometimes go through temporary amnesia, it would probably be best to set reminders and write out lists for different aspects of your trip to make sure you don’t forget anything. For example, set a reminder in your cell phone to check-in your flight. You’ll thank yourself later if you’re flying with an airline like Southwest where your seat is first come first served based on order of check-in. It’s also smart to write out things you need to buy before your trip, for your trip. You don’t want to get to another country that doesn’t have what you’re used to and realize you never bought deodorant or body soap. Make a list to remain stress-free and worry-free!

5. Use your PTO

Many people often forego their PTO because they feel guilty about leaving the workload on coworkers or having too much to do upon return. F that! You need your peace!! When planning your itinerary, be sure to build in an extra day here and there, preferably a day before the trip and/or a day after. Don’t set yourself up to come home from heaven and be required to show up in hell less than 24hrs later. Trust me, you will spend the entire day being unproductive, pulling your hair and wishing you were still home or on vacation. And even if your job isn’t hell, it can wait another day!

If all fails, rewear your swimsuit every day, try that steakhouse on the corner, walk into a new journey of naked freedom at the nude fest and monitor your margarita more than your cell phone! Don’t let stress ruin your success!

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