After months at home, we are finally feeling ready to venture out and dip our toes in the water. While embarking on a trip should be exciting, the current circumstance can also cause some undue travel stress. Here are some best practices to help relieve that unwanted travel anxiety.
Don’t skip your daily routine – Eat a healthy meal and exercise before heading to the airport! A workout will provide a great distraction, plus you’ll feel more confident getting into your swimsuit as soon as you check into the resort. If you don’t have time to squeeze in a workout, take a walk around the airport terminal, stretch your legs, and be sure to eat a healthy snack.
Be prepared – Making travel plans can be nerve-wracking, but it is always important to be prepared. Sign up for TSA PreCheck to breeze through security and stay organized by using an app like App In the Air that helps keep your itinerary in one place and alerts you of flight status, gate changes, and nearby lounges.
Try a guided meditation – Once you are seated comfortably, either at your gate or on your flight, throw in some earbuds and search YouTube for a guided meditation for travel. Close your eyes, bring your attention to your breath, and let the soft voice ease your mind for a few gentle minutes.
Or an unguided meditation – Take a moment to simply sit quietly in a comfortable position. Scan your body from the top of your head to the tips of your toes and release any tension, relax your jaw, wiggle your fingertips, and take one big sigh to unwind. Close your eyes and focus on your breath. Observe your thoughts as they enter and exit your mind and take time for yourself. Even if you’re in a crowded airport, setting aside a few minutes to quiet your mind can help you remain calm and collected.
A good travel companion – Choose a travel partner who enjoys the planning process and will help manage logistics. A companion who has a great sense of humor and go with the flow attitude can make even the toughest situations easy to navigate. Plus, an engaging conversation can be all you need to divert your mind.
Have a plan B – Purchasing travel insurance might just help you sleep better at night. A lot goes into planning a trip, but as the saying goes, ‘better safe than sorry’. Looking forward to a vacation is part of the fun. The disappointment of having to cancel for unforeseen circumstances can be a serious letdown. Knowing that there is a safety net in place with travel insurance can make all the difference.
Turn up the tunes – Let the tension melt away with the serene sounds of soft music. Research has shown that listening to your favorite songs has tremendous health benefits. We have prepared a playlist to help you Keep Calm and Vacation On. Let the soothing melodies distract you of unwanted thoughts and gently massage your mind. You’ll arrive at your destination less stressed and ready for the time of your life.
Vacations are healthy, and if there is one thing that we have learned during this pandemic it’s that you don’t get a
vacation, you take one. Be present in the moment, take in your surroundings and recognize the journey you are about to take and the absolute unforgettable memories you are going to make.