Whether you are going on business or pleasure, traveling can be very stressful. Tension can start from the planning stage up to the time you are leaving.
However, stress does not have to ruin your business or vacation. These simple tips are guaranteed to help you get rid of that travel stress bug.
- Plan ahead
There is no replacing good planning. To ensure that your travel will be stress-free, make sure that your flights and hotel accommodations are booked and confirmed. This will put you at ease knowing that delays are unlikely and there will be no surprises at the hotel desk.
If you arrange for transportation for the duration of your travel, all the better. In case, you will have to get around the city by taxi, it is good to ask the concierge to help you find a reputable taxi company.
- Be prepared to get lost
Remember that you are on foreign land and unless you have already traveled there a couple of time, you’ll have no way of knowing how to get around. Becoming lost is probably the biggest nightmare for travelers.
Before embarking on your trip, buy a travel book with maps and some useful phrases that you can use with the locals. Carry with you a credit/debit card, identification papers and enough money to get around the city in case you get lost.
It is also a good idea to ask your hotel for a business card which you can show to locals when you ask for directions.
By acknowledging that you can get lost, you can better prepare and be ready for anything.
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- Keep the communication open
Nothing can be a better stress-buster than staying connected with your family when traveling. With today’s technology, communication is increasingly more available. People who travel can now keep in touch through cellular phones, emails, and text messages. Rates in international phone calls are also cheaper now than before.
- Reward yourself
Do not procrastinate. If on a business trip, make sure that you have done all your work before you go sightseeing. Set aside a day where all you can do is travel to different sights in the city. If your schedule is spread out, make sure that you have ample time to go somewhere.
It will also help to make out an itinerary of places to see. You can always ask the hotel to help you with that.
- Eat local cuisine
Eating can minimize travel stress! So, treat yourself to local foods and stay away from your usual staple of burger, spaghetti, rice and cola. Be adventurous and have fun in local restaurants.
Before leaving, you can ask people who already traveled in the country if they can recommend any restaurants.
Hotel personnel can also help you immensely. When you’re there, don’t hesitate to ask for the house specialty and enjoy!
- Keep a travel journal
Writing down your experiences during your travel will not only preserve the memories, but it will also help you relieve stress. Describe the sights that you have seen, the places that you have been to, even the people you have met.
Get small keepsakes from each experience, a napkin from the restaurant where you have eaten, a receipt from a souvenir shop, a bus ticket going to a special place. This will keep the magic of your travel with you.
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