It’s no secret that we love to travel but the whole process can be undeniably stressful. From finding a pet-sitter and getting to the airport to eating out abroad and finding the cheapest but safest ways to get around, there is so much to think about. I’ve come up with a few travel tips to hopefully ease some of the stress involved with travelling; as always, if you have any more to add, please feel free to leave them in the comments.
Travelling alone can be daunting as well as exhilarating. My top tip is to plan ahead and take your time to minimise stress. Book your first night’s accommodation before you arrive, plan your flight to arrive during the morning so you have a safe few hours to explore, and spend your first full day acclimatising and watching how locals navigate their way through life, observing customs and rules.
Couples or groups
You may feel safer travelling with your partner or as part of a group but there can be power struggles, let’s be honest. My top tip is to communicate and compromise to avoid stressful situations. Be clear on who is in charge of passports and other documents, designate roles if there are a few of you (I like to nominate someone else as map reader seeing as I have a terrible sense of direction), take it in turns choosing activities and eateries so everyone feels considered.
Possibly the most tricky yet most rewarding travel experiences you will ever have include carting small children across the globe. There are a million things to consider and yes, you will forget some, but try and remember that each family (and indeed every child) is different and your requirements will not be the same as your friend’s/neighbour’s/that annoying mum from school’s. My top tips are to stay calm and go with the flow as much as you possibly can, plan ahead and book accommodation and travel cards before you leave, and travel light – the last thing you need after a stupidly early start and a four hour flight with two bored, restless, tired children is to have to carry them and numerous hefty cases around a Greek island looking for a ferry port. Trust me, I know 😉
Travelling for business may sound glamorous but the reality can differ hugely. My top tip is to try and look for the positives and be brand loyal for the best rewards (particularly when it comes to hotels and flights). For more information on corporate travel, visit Reed and Mackay.
Above everything, my top tip for travel in general is to relax and enjoy it. I think travel is a luxury and those of us who are fortunate enough to be able to afford it should, at the very least, take the time to enjoy it.