Traveling is fun but it can take a toll on your body. Contrary to popular belief, going somewhere doesn’t always mean you’ll be lying under a palm tree on the beach sipping a dry martini. The stress of traveling caused by a hectic schedule, delayed flights, air sickness and culture shock can be both physically and mentally exhausting. To avoid this, here are some practical tips so you can relax on your next trip:
Make your journey easy by traveling light. Resist the temptation to bring your entire wardrobe or your precious collection of rocks. Remember that traveling is getting away from it all so avoid bringing anything that reminds you of home. That way, you don’t have to sweat like a pig carrying heavy luggage or risk losing something at the airport.
Make a list of things to do. It’s easy to waste time and tire yourself when traveling, especially if you don’t have a guide. You might end up in the wrong places and miss the extraordinary sights of the places you’re visiting. To stay focused, do a little online research on the places you’re going. Make a list of what to see, where to go and how to get there. This will help you save time, energy and money.Don’t see the world in a day. Your to-do list should be a quick reference guide, not something that you’re obligated to do whatever it takes. Choose what to do carefully and leave room for spontaneity which is what makes traveling fun. If you cram everything in a day just to tick off items on your to-do list, you’ll end up dead tired or sick. The whole point of traveling is to relax and not to torture yourself by creating room for stress.
Follow routines. In your excitement to go to different places, you may skip meals or forget to rest. No matter where you are, stick to the routines you follow at home so you won’t feel disoriented. Eat and sleep at the same time. Take time to slow down and know your limits. Traveling is an adventure but don’t let it wear you down by skipping your routines.