12 Ways to avoid stress when you travel
Problems with printing the tickets? Booked the wrong dates? Can’t find your passport when you check-in or running late for boarding? We have all been through some of these situations, and travelling can be stressfull at times. From you want to book until you finally reach your destination. It might be common sense, but often forgotten, so here are 12 tips to avoid getting stressed out before your holiday even starts.
The Booking Phase
1 Check and double check the dates when you book your tickets for transport and accommodation. Spending hours researching can mess with your mind and it can be easy to mix up dates, as you’re checking several combinations over and over again. By taking the time to carefully make sure everything matches in the end, you might avoid unpleasant surprises and possible fees for having to re-schedule later on.
2 Always include some “buffer time” between transport. You might have to take a train to the airport – or you might want to book at shuttle bus from the airport at your destination. But things can go wrong and they WILL from time to time, so plan for them to do so with a certain margin for error. It’s very basic but easy to forget as it’s tempting to try and make your trip as fast as possible.
3 If you need to print your tickets from home do so right away, and keep them together with your passport – preferably in a travel wallet that can keep all you need. Do so even if your trip is six months away, as your confirmation mail from the airline might drown in your inbox. Plus a printer can be surprisingly unreliable if you count on it an hour before leaving for the airport.
4 Check your passports, credit cards, travel insurance and possible visas in good time to make sure they won’t expire before or during your journey.
The Packing Phase
5 If you’re going to travel by plane, check up on your company’s luggage rules to avoid having to rearrange your stuff at the airport. Get yourself a small travel scale and check from home that the weight of your bags is under the limit.
6 Pack your cabin-bag so that it will be easy for you to remove your laptop, tablet and other electronics, as you go through the security-check. Struggling to do so will annoy the next passengers in line and stress both you and them.
7 If possible, exchange your money from home if you need to bring cash, as there might be queues to do so at the airport where you might be short on time.
The Airport Phase
8 If flying, the airport phase is naturally the critical point with the highest risk of causing stress, so if you’re going to travel from an unfamiliar airport, start by checking their website to learn how to navigate to the right terminal. Also be aware that big airports might have seperate metro, train and bus stops for each terminal. So check your terminal number before arriving.
9 Check-in your luggage as soon as possible. Don’t waste time on shopping or eating before you have checked in. You never know if there will suddenly be a large queue to do so later. Go through security right away for the same reason. Prepare yourself for this by removing jewellery and pocket posessions before reaching the guards, to go through as smoothly as possible.
10 If possible, check the distance or the transfer time to your gate right after making it through security. Especially if you travel with a low-cost company, as they tend to be placed furthest away. Checking this can save you running with your cabin-luggage in the last minute – arriving to your plane sweaty and uncomfortable.
11 If you have a specified seat try to take it easy as they start boarding. Why in line for a long time if you can walk directly to your seat anyway.
The Arrival Phase
12 Like when boarding, take it easy when arriving to your destinations airport (unless you’re short on time to catch a connecting flight of course). Many people jump from their seat almost as soon as the plane touches down, but long “taxiing” to the terminal often makes them stand uncomfortably for 10-15 minutes before it’s possible to get out. So stay relaxed in your seat – after all you’ll probably be waiting for your checked in luggage to arrive anyway.