6 Stress-Free Travel Tips

Your alarm didn't go off; you're rushing to get your last minute things together, you finally get ready, then you hit traffic on the way to the airport. If that's not stressful, I'm not sure what is!

According to Medical News Today, "Anything that poses a challenge or a threat to our well-being is a stress." When traveling for business or your own personal leisure, there are many things you can do to avoid stress. The first things to become aware of are stressful situations. Once we learn the situations that can potentially cause stress to us, we can eliminate stress from occurring.

When you are undergoing stress your immune system begins to go down, your blood pressure rises and you may have trouble sleeping. The above effects of stress are some of the worst things you can put your body and mind through while traveling. It's important you are healthy and alert at all times.

Below are 6 Stress-Free Travel Tips. Follow these tips to ensure an easy-going travel experience.


1. Arrive Early

Are you taking an international flight? Maybe you are traveling around the holidays. This could cause you to spend more time at the airport. Avoid the unnecessary stress of running around frantically, give yourself some extra time and arrive to the airport early.


2. Check in Online

Avoid the long lines waiting to check into your flight at the airport. Save yourself time at the airport by checking into your flight the day before. You have the option to print your ticket, or show your ticket it directly from your smart phone.


3. Make a List

Make a list of everything you need to bring with you on your trip. Consider your destination and how the weather will be. Pack everything on your list a couple days before your date to leave. This will ensure that if you forgot to pack something, you will remember within those two days.


4. Dress Comfortably

Long flight? The last thing you want to be is uncomfortable. Throw your jeans in your suitcase and put on something more comfortable. Even bring a cozy blanket for the plane.


5. Plan Ahead

Make sure when you start planning your trip you are planning where you are going to stay, the restaurants you will want to go to eat at, and make a list of the places you will want to go. Nothing is worse than getting to your destination and fumbling around because you don't know where to go or what to do.


6. Keep your Receipts

The majority of the time, everywhere we go on vacation costs money. To save stress in the long run, keep your receipts. This will help you keep track of your expenses and compare them with your credit card bill. Also, if you are traveling for business, hold on to your receipts so you can submit them for reimbursement.


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