How to master stress-free travel
Somehow stress manages to creep into every crack and crevice in our lives. Even the things that are supposed to be incredible, fun and relaxing. One such thing is travel. Think about it.
Long lines snaking through Schiphol. Trains cancelled. Luggage nowhere to be found. Ubers driving manically through the streets, with no air conditioning! As much as we love packing our bags and heading off into the sunset, occasionally vacation can seem like more trouble than they’re worth.
So, what’s a traveller to do? Stay home forever in order to avoid travel anxiety? Certainly not! Here are our top tips for managing unwelcome and unforeseen obstacles and mastering the art of zen travel.
- #1. Set yourself up with a good routine. Yes, you are on vacation, but that doesn’t mean you should forget all about having any structure in your life. In fact, finding a new routine for your new location will help you become more mindful and make the most out of your trip. Be sure to get a good night’s sleep, do a little bit of exercise and eat well, though don’t forget to indulge.
- #2. Get into the great outdoors. By no means do you have to go rock climbing or stand-up paddle boarding, but being in nature is proven to reduce stress. Even just an hour or two in a local park will help settle your mind and make you more connected to the world around you.
- #3. Open your mind. It’s natural to have a lot of (very high) expectations when you travel. After all, your time away from work is precious. But when you are so rigid with what you expect out of your trip, your vacation may start to actually feel like work. Instead, try to keep an open mind and be flexible and a little patient. That way, whatever comes your way will feel like a welcome surprise instead of a roadblock to enjoying yourself.
- #4. Meditate, meditate, meditate. Though you normally use it to decompress from your everyday stressors, it’s just as useful for helping you fully relax and be present on your vacation. It’ll help you settle into the new space more easily and leave you feeling refreshed. Take 10 minutes to yourself upon waking – before the room service comes – and reset your mind.
- #5. Tune back the tech. You’ll probably be using it to get to your destination, whether you’re listening to podcasts on iPad or pulling up your mobile boarding pass on your phone, but once you’ve arrived, you should try to spend a little less time looking at your devices. Engage all of your senses in what you are experiencing rather than getting caught up in what’s in your hand. Look up! Otherwise you just might miss something.