Travel is incredible, and it allows us to experience new situations, meet interesting people, and learn about different cultures. And while it’s always a great time once we’ve arrived in a new place, actually getting there can be a stressful and time-consuming experience.
Here are some ways you can make travel less stressful:
Take less stuff
It seems obvious, but the more stuff you have, the more stuff you’re then constantly packing up every time you move around or when you need to get your clothes out of the way for the cleaning each day. Traveling light makes it far easier, so consider just traveling with a carry-on suitcase- especially if your trip is fewer than 10 days long. It’s easy to get key items washed overseas, and you’ll find that you wear far less clothes that you would think as well. There are many different articles and videos online that can teach you how to pack carry-on like a boss, and if you’re not going away for very long you can easily meet the liquid requirements.
Book airport transfers
Booking airport transfers is one of the best ways to make sure you arrive at your destination without being stressed out, getting lost, or arguing about how to get to your hotel. Because they pick you up right when you want to leave the airport, you’ll save time looking for a cab or using public transport and you’ll simply be whisked away so you can begin relaxing.
Load up your phone
Download a bunch of the best travel apps so you’re ready to go once you arrive at your new destination, and grab a local sim card and some credit so you can use your phone on the go once you arrive. Some good apps to use are Foursquare, Google Maps, Google Translate, Skype, Instagram, GateGuru, Uber, and Instabridge. If you’ll be on a long flight or think you might spend some time on public transport, make sure your phone is full of music and podcasts as well.
One of the things that can make you feel stressed while traveling is realising how expensive a destination is and constantly wondering if you’re going to run out of money. Eating cheap is a good way to make sure this doesn’t happen, as food is one of the things you’ll usually spend the most money on when you’re overseas. If you’re staying in a hostel or apartment with kitchen facilities you’ll find that you can cook at least one meal a day, but even if you just have a little fridge you can stock it with fruit, cheese and milk for coffee and cereal.
Often you’ll find that there are local markets which are bursting with excellent local food, and if you do feel like eating out, try to do it at lunch when you can often get a smaller size of the dinner specials and save a lot of money.