Travel can be tough on people. Not just financially, but mentally also. Travel anxiety can be caused by many different factors, like fear of flying, homesickness, and worst case scenarios. But you shouldn’t let these worries get in the way of your traveling. Here are some tips you can follow to help combat your travel anxiety.
1. Keep Calm and Plan As Best You Can
Two weeks before the travel date, ensure that you make a list of every possible thing you will need for your trip. Start with your basics like your passport, visas you may need and items of clothing for your destination e.g. Cold weather jacket.
Organizing ahead of time, assembling everything you need, and ticking things off your packing list as you go will vastly reduce travel-related stress and make you feel more in control.
2. Be on Time, Maybe Even Early Just To Be Safe
Nothing is more stressful than being late for a train, plane or bus. Traffic and car trouble always happen when you don’t have time for them.
Plan for all of this and arrive early at your departure gate. Then, you have all the time in the world to enjoy a light snack and a caffeine/sugar-free drink and gather your thoughts.
3. Stay Informed About Where You’re Traveling To
Both my partner and I reduce travel stress by becoming more informed about our destination. Reading and researching in depth about the area’s culture, climate and what to expect paints an accurate picture of our travel plans and goal.
Additionally, ask your friends and family if they have been to the place you are planning to visit. Ask them what they liked or didn’t like about their trip and if they would have done anything differently. If no one in your immediate circle has any information, open it up to social media and travel forums.
4. Plan for the Unexpected When You’re Traveling Somewhere
Accidents and sickness used to contribute to my uneasy feelings about traveling. I combated these feelings by packing a fully equipped first aid kit as well as a range of medications for anything from food poisoning to the flu.
Even if you never end up needing to use any of this stuff, it will ease your mind to know that you’re prepared and gives you one less thing to worry about on your trip.
5. Live by a Routine And Stick to It Even When You Travel
If you are someone who wakes up at 6 am and goes to bed at 10 pm, ensure that you keep this routine when you are traveling. Keeping your body clock the same as when you are at home will keep you in routine and give you a sense of security.
Same goes with the cuisine if you are used to a certain type of food then seek out that kind of food when away. After much experimenting, I found changes in my diet was the number one contributor of my travel anxiety.
6. Meditate If You Start Feeling Overwhelmed
If something does happen that is unplanned, don’t let it take hold of you. Breathe slowly and deliberately, put what happened into perspective and think of something that is calming such as home, or your family.
Don’t Stay Victim to Travel Anxiety
You’ve got this! You do have the power to be able to take control and make this big trip you have planned. Travel Anxiety affects so many people; most let it consume their lives. However, if you find a way to conquer it chances are you will feel more empowered and stronger than ever before, I know I do!
Use the tips above as I did and discover more about yourself and the world around you.