We have heard these words before: “Next time I travel, I will remember to (insert word here).” But life gets in the way. We are busy, and we forget.
However, I have learned a few things over the years, and I’d like to share a few of my stress-less travel suggestions.
I consider myself lucky. Not everyone gets to travel or take vacations, so the word “grateful” comes to mind.
When traveling, I like to keep my expectations in check. Rain, snow, humidity and other weather conditions and circumstances can change any dream trip into disappointment.
Procrastination is still a hurdle for some of us. To manage it, think of organizing travel into three parts: before, during and after activities.
Before you go
Planning is the secret to stress-less travel, and we know not everyone thinks this way. But we must agree on one key fact, having a plan and working it will save you lots of time and money, the choice is yours.
We are in the gizmo age, so don't forget to take batteries and rechargeable cords along. I say leave the gizmos at home — but before you head out the door, don’t forget these.
Make sure your budget plans are realistic. Returning home to credit card bills should not be a surprise. Vacations are designed to reconnect or recharge with ourselves, family and nature. If your travel is leading you into more debt instead of more fun, adventure and relaxation, rethink your priorities.
With your budget realized and reservations booked in advance, be sure to have read other people’s recommendations about these locations. Just looking at pictures will deceive you, I know.
Make up a checklist and share it with your significant partner, avoiding placing blame for who forgot what.
House sitting, pet setting, outdoor watering and the post office should be arranged like your reservations — in advance.
Alert your credit card companies about your travels; otherwise, they may block your spending. Take along only two major cards, with lower limits, and tell someone back home about your itinerary plans.
While you’re away
During your trip, have fun. Relax and enjoy those activities you planned. But be alert, as tourists are often targets. Watch out for pickpockets, and when making new friends, just be mindful.
Knowing in advance who wants to read books on the beach or go paragliding is another important “must know.”
Upon your return
After you return home, jet lag may set in. But since you have been taking those Energy C and vitamins during your trip, your energy level should be up, not down.
Always remember to thank those who helped you with your tasks in your absence.
Having a good attitude and doing a little preplanning before we travel can preempt predicable problems. And — don’t forget those ear plugs.
- Janet Janssen lives in Felton and is a life coach, certified hypnotherapist and trainer for JWCreativeWorkshops. She offers creative workshops about stress release and mind clutter for individuals and small businesses. Contact her at 335-0553 or firstname.lastname@example.org.