We all need a break every now and then from our busy lives and for some that special yearly holiday is the one chance they`ll get to recharge their batteries. For others travelling is a regular part of their lives. Unfortunately, whether you are a once a year traveller or travel on a weekly basis, the stresses of travelling can spoil all the fun. Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can keep stress to a minimum; here are some of the best.
First, it is important to try and relax, slow down and make the travelling aspect of your trip part of the fun. Therefore, always make sure you plan your travel properly so that you are not, for example, turning up at airports a few minutes before your flight. Rushing around to catch your flight is sure to leave you stressed out. So get to the airport a couple of hours before your flight, relax in the lounge, read a book and enjoy it.
Another good idea that will ensure you are not rushing around at the last minute is to have a special bag (a shoulder bag is ideal) reserved for travelling only. Here, you can store your passports and itineraries in certain places and make sure you return them to the same place each time they are used. That way you will never be left rifling around in bags trying to find your documents because you will know exactly where they are.
That said; wherever possible try to limit yourself to one carry-on type bag. One of the biggest causes of stress when you are travelling is worrying about lost luggage. Limiting yourself to one bag will not only put an end to worrying, it will also eliminate the need to wait in endless queues to have your luggage checked in or retrieved.
Looking after yourself while you are travelling is also vital, perhaps more so than in our daily lives. Make sure you leave time to stop and eat regular, healthy meals. In addition, keep yourself well hydrated by drinking plenty of water and avoid consuming alcohol until you have reached your destination.
Another great tip that will keep your worries to a minimum is to send yourself an email before you leave that includes all the important information regarding your travel. For example, note down any phone numbers such as credit card offices, just in case your wallet or purse gets stolen. Any numbers relating to your flights should also be noted. That way, should you lose your tickets you only need check your emails to retrieve the information.
Finally, the best way of travelling around between flights is to hire a car. At the vast majority of UK airports such as Manchester, Heathrow or Leeds Bradford airport car hire is always available. Book before you travel, if you can, to guarantee the car is ready and waiting for you at each of your arrival or departure points, this will ensure your travel is not only stress-free but fun.