If traveling makes you nervous or uneasy, don’t worry, you’re definitely not alone.
There are millions of people in the world that suffer from travel anxiety, though it often varies in severity. The tendency to feel anxious as opposed to excited about an upcoming trip isn’t uncommon – especially when flying is involved. Sadly, that can sometimes take the fun out of vacationing.
Luckily, there are many ways to reduce travel anxiety and ease travel tension. Here are a few tips that can help you stay calm, cool, and relaxed.
1. Exercise beforehand.
Yes, we know you’ve got to pack. However, you should also get some exercise. The day before you leave, try hitting the gym or going for a run. The physical activity will produce endorphins that help combat anxiety. Additionally, it will help you get a better night’s sleep as well.
2. Assuage your fears with photos.
Think of all the things you fear forgetting – like adjusting the thermostat, unplugging your hair straightener, or locking the door. Then, as you do these things, take photos of them. That way, when you freak out about having left the stove on, you’ll have photo evidence to alleviate your fears.
3. Bring a buddy.
Traveling alone can make things increasingly stressful. However, having a travel buddy can have a significant positive impact on nullifying travel anxiety. If you have a friend or family member that can accompany you on your trip, you’ll likely feel more at ease.
Just be sure your travel companion is comfortable going along on your trip. And make sure it’s also someone that you genuinely want to spend time with.
4. Create a packing list.
Plan out the things you need to bring with you ahead of time. You’ll want to consider the weather as well as any activities in which you might participate. Plus, you’ll need to include the basics – your ID/passport, money, travel documents, tickets, medications, etc.
Having a list of all the things you need to pack will help ensure you aren’t forgetting anything.
Oh, and don’t wait until the last minute to pack – get it out of the way the day before.
5. Sip some chamomile tea.
Sometimes all the best intentions aren’t enough to ease that anxiety. That’s when a nice, warm cup of chamomile tea comes in. Try having some before you leave for the airport to calm your nerves.
Products with lavender in them can also help soothe those uneasy feelings as well.
6. Know that your anxiety doesn’t have to ruin your experience.
It may seem obvious, but nerves and anxiety don’t have to wreck your vacation.
Recognize that not everything will always go according to plan and prepare to take things one step at a time. The more you think your anxiety will hinder your fun, the more likely it is to become a burden.
If you need to stop and take a breather, you can.
7. Try meditating.
To those who’ve never tried meditating, it may seem silly. Trust us – it’s not. Even simple exercises like focusing on your breathing can help ease travel-related tension.