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.
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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