Who Said Travelling Had To Be Stressful?

Who Said Travelling Had To Be Stressful?

Does the mere thought of packing, standing in queues and going through security make you feel stressed? There’s an assumption out there that getting to your holiday destination has to be a stressful process. The truth is that if you do everything right, travelling doesn’t have to be a military operation. It is possible to reach the beach and put your feet up without having to endure a nightmare beforehand. Here are some tips to help eliminate stress from travelling for good.

Check your documents beforehand

Before you even book a holiday, check the expiry date on your passport. If you suddenly have to make a mad dash to the passport office the day before your flight, this is bound to make your blood pressure soar. It’s also a good idea to double-check visa requirements, and have a look at your flight details. Make sure you know exactly where you’re going, and what time you need to arrive. Have a look at luggage allowances and check-in online if this feature is available.

Take out travel insurance

There’s nothing more stressful than having to cope with unexpected delays, injuries or accidents when you’re abroad. In the vast majority of cases, you’ll return home without even thinking about needing to make a claim on your travel insurance, but it’s always beneficial to have peace of mind. You never know what could go wrong while you’re away, so never travel without insurance. It takes five minutes to get some quotes and fill in an application online.

Pack carefully

Nobody wants to be the person who’s desperately trying to shift some weight from their hold bag at the check-in desk. Likewise, you don’t want to get to security and realise that you have to part with toiletries that are too big for your hand luggage. Weigh your bag before you leave for the airport, and check that you haven’t got any forbidden items in your carry-on bags. If you’re sorted in advance, this will save you time and hassle.

Book a ride

If you need airport transfers, book them in advance. This will save you time at the airport, and you’ll probably get a better price. If you’re not sure how to get from the airport to your destination, have a look online or contact your travel agency for recommendations. There may be various options open to you. You could book a private transfer or hop on a coach. Flagging down a taxi at the airport may incur a wait, and charges are likely to be higher.

We go on holiday to escape stress and chill out. The last thing you want is to get held up at the airport or have to wait around for hours to get from the airport to your hotel. If you’re planning a trip, take some time to get sorted in advance. Make sure all your documents are in date, check your flight times, and pack carefully. Book transfers before you depart and make sure you have travel insurance. Give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport and make your way to the departure gate.

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  1. March 7, 2017 / 7:14 am

    One thing that make me stress is applying visa, the waiting of approval… lol

    • March 10, 2017 / 12:07 pm

      We’ve just been through a visa process and I couldn’t agree more it is stressful, especially if you have your heart set on visiting a place.

  2. March 7, 2017 / 8:18 am

    Travel insurance is a must for peace of mind.
    And airport transfers are a must to plan ahead too! Imagine not knowing where to go catch a ride!

    • March 10, 2017 / 12:09 pm

      Transfers are a biggy for me too, especially after a long haul flight. I want to be able to get my bag, get in a car/bus and get to my hotel and let the trip begin rather than standing about outside an airport trying to figure out how to get to where we need to be.

  3. March 9, 2017 / 10:25 am

    Some excellent advice there Vicky.

    As someone who has recently had to make an insurance claim from my hospital bed for a cancelled trip (first time ever I have had to cancel due to illness in 200+ trips abroad), I cannot stress the importance of travel insurance enough. Take it out at the time of booking, or better still, if you are a frequent traveller, take out an annual policy.

    Another piece of travel advice I’d like to mention is the ESTA visa waiver for the US. The whole idea is that it is an electronic document, and once you reach the US this is all fine and dandy. However, the check in staff at your departure point may very well ask to see a hard copy of your ESTA before they let you board the flight.

    Another thing to consider, is that if you are travelling to a country which requires a visa, and you are the slightest bit concerned about the it being rejected, make sure you have the visa before you book your flights / trip. I speak from (a very expensive) experience.

    • March 10, 2017 / 12:17 pm

      Thanks Grete, firstly – I hope you are ok and I am sorry to hear you had to cancel a trip. I’ll be honest, up until recently we have only ever taken out travel insurance on an ad-hoc basis (idiots I know). Luckily for us we never had an incident/accident where we would have needed to claim. But we have now taken out annual insurance and will renew year on year. We have home insurance and car insurance and now travel insurance, even if we never need it. Better to be safe than sorry.

      I had never even thought about printing ESTAs off. I used to print everything off and put them in colour coded folders, especially if we were visiting more than one place on our trip. But like so many others, I really completely on technology nowadays. This is a great reminder as we are visiting the US again in June.

      YES on the visa point! Mr ESLT booked flights late last year to St Petersburg for my (early) birthday (present) in April before we got visas. Luckily we did, but it would have been a costly mistake for him if we hadn’t!

  4. March 14, 2017 / 5:55 am

    Excellent pointers. I always feel some level of stress before I leave.

    • March 15, 2017 / 8:34 pm

      Thank you for your comment. I think it’s natural, especially when you are really looking forward to a trip – you just want everything to go right 🙂 I am a natural born worrier but am getting better over time (I think)

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