Travel is good for the soul, good for the mind, and good for creating a few long-term memories with your friends and loved ones. It’s also good for the passenger transportation industry, which is reliant on people such as ourselves having a vacation every year.
Travel is beneficial for all kinds of reasons then, but here’s the thing: It can also be very stressful! While many of us will be desperate to get away after a few months of lockdown and travel restrictions, we still need to remember that going away for a few days isn’t always sunshine and rainbows (regardless of the location).
But what are the sources of travel stress? And how can we overcome them? Let’s investigate two possible causes.
Stress #1: The expense
Where do we start with this one! Travel is expensive for all kinds of reasons, such as the cost of transport, baggage fees, accommodation costs, and the high price of tourist attractions. Wherever you travel, there will be an expense, and the financial strain you will be put under might cause you to stress. Still, there are a few things you can do to ease this problem.
- Budget for everything you need, and then save up well in advance before you go away
- Reduce baggage fees by traveling light, as there will be things you can buy when you get to your destination
- Book your travel essentials in advice. Plane tickets, hotel costs, and attraction expenses can often be reduced if you book early
- Don’t assume you need to spend money while you’re away. Visit free museums, latch on to free tour groups, and spend time walking around places of scenic beauty
Stress 2: Safety concerns
Safety is a prime concern for all of us, especially in this current pandemic situation. But then there are those other safety risks, such as the possibility of getting robbed, or the chances of being caught up in a land beset with civil unrest. Surely it would be safer to stay at home! Well, yes, but it is possible to alleviate this form of travel anxiety.
- Commit to research before booking your vacation. Research the safest places in the world to visit, and avoid those locations that are making headlines for all of the wrong reasons in the media.
- Take all the necessary precautions when it comes to COVID-19. Again, research safe places to visit, as some countries will be less affected than others. And follow the precautions set by the CDC when you discover where you are allowed to travel.
- Find ways to keep your belongings safe. You can do this through travel belts and travel pockets that can hide your precious items discreetly. And research common tourist scams so you don’t fall prey to any criminal type when you’re away.
- Know who you should contact in case of emergency. This can include the local police force, as well as the local consulate and foreign embassy. Make a note of the relevant contact details before you travel.
These aren’t the only sources of travel stress, unfortunately, but they are by far the most common. For anything else, commit to further research, and look for ways to alleviate those aspects of travel that stress you out the most.
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