Top ways to make sure you have a relaxing travel experience

Is it just me, or is travelling becoming less relaxing and more anxiety-inducing than ever before? While I love to travel, I’ve noticed that I get more and more stressed in the days leading up to my trips, and when I’m actually travelling it often passes in a blur of last-minute packing and runs through the airport.

But there are definitely some ways to ensure that you actually take time out and relax while you’re travelling. Here are some top ways to make sure you’re getting plenty of relaxation in on your next trip:

Do some planning (or don’t)

Some people are total non-planners and like to land in a new destination and then figure out sightseeing and accommodation on the go. Other people get stressed even thinking about that.

That’s why it’s a good idea to think carefully about the kind of traveller you are and then gather enough information or make enough bookings that you’re not worried about it. This could involve either booking everything you can and having a list of opening times and maps ready for when you hit the ground, or having nothing but your plane ticket. The trick is to think carefully about how you like to travel and what will make you feel the most relaxed once you’re on the go.

Plan for relaxation

You can’t just expect that you’ll feel relaxed while travelling- you need to actually plan some time out for relaxing. The first thing you need to do is ensure that you haven’t made your travel plans too ambitious. That way, you won’t end up missing out on relaxation time when you have a small glitch in plans or end up missing a flight.

Next, look at the types of things you can do in your destination and make a list of the activities you would find relaxing. You may want to splurge on a nice dinner and a bottle of wine, relax on a spa day, or just spend an entire day lying on the beach. By working these kinds of activities into your plans, you’ll be mentally looking forward to them when you feel stressed and will be able to enjoy taking time out of what can be an otherwise hectic schedule.

Look after yourself

When you’re at home, you usually try to exercise, eat relatively healthily, and get enough sleep. But most of us ditch our usual life philosophies when we’re travelling. Just because you’re travelling doesn’t mean you can afford to ignore the things you do to stay healthy. If you’re not getting enough sleep or eating well, you’re likely to get run down and feel stressed, and you may even get sick.

Make sure you’re eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, getting to bed at a reasonable time and enjoying the occasional workout and you’ll have a much more relaxing travel experience.

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