8 ways to travel stress free*
Travelling whether on foot, by car, by train or plane (and that’s just a few of the many methods you could take) can be a lot of fun! But let’s be honest you need to take a few steps to ensure you don’t get stressed on those long journeys, don’t you?
Here are eight simple ways you can take the stress out of travelling. Whether it’s a long commute to or from work or you’re setting off on a long-distance trip, these tips will help you escape stress and stay calm. So, without further ado let’s begin.
Have some headphones ready
Whether you’re travelling alone or with friends, on foot or by public transport, a pair of headphones and a device like an iPod, MP3 player or your smartphone will really help you stay stress-free. A long journey can pass so quickly when you have some music to listen to and why stop with just music?
You can listen to audiobooks, podcasts, and the radio and, as long as you’re not driving, you could even sit back and watch some videos. Staying stress-free when travelling can be made much easier with a good pair of headphones – even if you’re stuck in traffic you can tune out and relax.
Take regular breaks
If you’re travelling a long distance, then you should make sure you take regular breaks. This is especially true if you’re driving – no one enjoys staying cooped up in a car for hours on end, do they?
So, make sure you arrange regular breaks to stretch your legs and get some fresh air. If you’re travelling with children this will help ensure they stay relaxed and less irritable on a long journey, which will help ensure you have a stress-free drive.
Have food and drinks ready
No matter how you’re travelling, if you’re going on a long-distance journey you should have some food and drinks at the ready. This is especially true if it’s very hot or cold. This can get a little messy in a car so bring a bag to get rid of the rubbish and some wet wipes. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy either some bottled water and some fruit will do the job and help you stay stress-free on your journey.
Dress for the conditions
If you’re travelling a long distance (especially by foot) then you should ensure you are dressed for the conditions. Nothing is worse than being stuck in uncomfortable clothes while you’re travelling long distances. So, keep an eye on the weather forecast and make sure you are dressed appropriately to ensure maximum comfort at all times.
Bring a book
This a great one for people travelling by any form of public transport, getting stuck into a good book will help you focus your mind and stay stress-free. If you’re going on an especially long journey then a book is a must-have, whether you opt for a traditional paperback or a more modern e-reader, it doesn’t really matter, reading is sure to help any stressed-out traveller relax.
With this being said, any form of entertainment that you have with you for your train journey will be sufficient enough. A number of people carry their laptops with them, generally for work purposes. And some trains provide WiFi, so using your laptop to catch up on TV shows will surely pass the time. When the train is full, you’ve always got people looking over you in every direction. It can be the worst when you can see them staring at your screen from the reflection of your laptop. We all want to ensure our screens are kept private and anything on the screen should be for your own eyes only, unless mentioned otherwise. To help protect your laptop from being hacked visually, a privacy filter for MacBook would be good to look into to allow only the person directly in front of the screen to view the content. This way anything you do on your laptop is for your eyes only.
One of the best ways to guarantee stress-free travel is to make sure you plan everything carefully. Now you can’t plan for every eventuality, can you? Sometimes things are simply out of your control like bad weather or a build-up of traffic that delays your journey.
Planning will help you stay relaxed, so always be prepared. If you’re travelling somewhere for the first time research your route, so you have an idea of what to expect. This can be especially useful if you’re driving or walking because you could easily discover a shortcut that will cut down your journey.
Visualise a place you feel happy
If you’ve been stuck in traffic for hours, exhausted your distractions and ran out of food and drink then don’t panic! Simply take a few deep breathes and visualise a place you feel happy – whether it’s at home with friends or at your destination.
Simply calming your mind and visualising something that makes you happy will be sure to help you remain calm and stress-free. I know it all sounds a bit new age but trust me it really works.
Keep your essentials with you
You never know when an emergency will happen so make sure you are always carrying your wallet or purse with you just in case. Your phone is also very important and not just for music because it means you can always be contacted.
And remember it doesn’t matter how old you are, if you’re going on a long-journey make sure someone back home knows where you’re going and when you should be back. This will save you and your friends and family from stress.
So, that’s a look at eight easy ways to stay stress-free while you travel. Whether you’re walking or flying these tips will help ensure your journey is a peaceful one.
Sponsored post written by Stuart Cooke of www.unibaggage.com, a luggage delivery service that aims to take the stress out of any journey.