Traveling during the holidays ranks pretty high for ways to increase your holiday stress. From larger crowds to weather delays, holiday travel stress seems inevitable. But is it? I reached out to my fellow travel bloggers to see what tips they could offer to ensure a stress-free holiday travel season and I’m so happy with the unique tips I received and think they will help you reduce stress during holiday travel.
Imagine You’re Watching a Movie
Maria from 203 Challenges
A few years ago I learned a tip about how to handle holiday season stress. I can’t remember where I read it but, if I remember correctly, the tip was from a psychologist so I figured it was worth a shot. If you find yourself stranded at the airport, stuck in a traffic jam or anywhere else where you don’t have control of the situation, the easiest way to relieve your anxiety and rage is to imagine everything is a movie and you are watching what is unfolding around you.
Since then I’ve used this trick when I encounter high stress situations and can confirm that it works. Acting as an observer in high stress situations helps to decrease the uncomfortable and bad feelings that one might have, especially during the busy holiday travel season which is often coupled with high stress. Added bonus? You might even find yourself laughing at the unbelievable scenario you are observing.
Cozy-up at the Airport Bar
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Take the Early Flight
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Plan for In-flight Comfort
Save Your Money for Gifts
Save Time When You Arrive
One of the greatest enticements to travel overseas is hassle-free visa on arrival. There are many countries which facilitate visa on arrival to nationalities all across the globe. But imagine being standing in a queue for hours to get visa after a long haul flight. Surprisingly few destinations who offer this option are not equipped enough to handle the travelers who pour in at the airport in vast figures. Also, these popular destinations attract a huge number of tourist entries in there so-called “Season” that getting a visa on arrival becomes a nightmare.
I visited Thailand this September when the tourism season there begins to set in. I opted for visa on arrival considering it’s the easiest thing to do and ended up stretching myself in elongated visa queue for about two hours. Unfortunately, there were six more flights that landed at the same time as mine leaving the whole place chaotic with just two counters stamping the visa. I recommend avoiding visa on arrival for destinations with busy airports in their season as that possibly would lead to the utmost stressed beginning of anyone’s trip.
Do you have any tips on ways to avoid holiday travel stress? We’d love to hear them. Share in the comments!
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hope you guys are well!! love following you on instagram, and i’m going to subscribe on here as well. curious if you have any tips for my fiance and me… we’re getting married at the end of may here in chicago (whooo!), and then i think going to do a 4-day mini-moon along california’s coast and just rent a car and drive hwy 1 (as a californian, any tips here are more than welcome! we were going to fly in/out of san fran, and then in/out of LA, going north or south depending on which flights are best, and not have hotels necessarily booked, just stop when we want… bad idea? lol).
and THEN do a big honeymoon in october someplace big if we can find a fairly affordable option. we were considering singapore, bali, new zealand, the maldives? someplace in that area that would be a little exotic and adventurous and ‘tougher’. however…all the zika talk has us slightly worried as we may consider the thought of a family, so bali/singapore might be iffy which bums me out. your japan photos recently were amazing – definitely an out of the box trip! we know to be smart/safe and skip north korea right now, but open to other suggestions!
ZERO rush, it’s the holidays, but we were going to look at flights all over during our few days off together over new years, so even any quick suggestions or tips, just let me know – i SO appreciate it!
happy holidays to you and ryan!
Hey Keri! Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! That’s so exciting to hear you are considering hwy 1 for a mini moon! It’s such a beautiful drive. One thing to keep in mind is that in Winter of 2016 there were a number of landslides that closed sections of hwy 1. The last I heard was that you are able to drive from Carmel up to Big Sur. More info here: http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/highway_conditions.html. Although google maps is showing you can get to Mcway Falls from LA: la to mcwayfalls I’m not sure if that makes a one way trip not possible, unfortunately. With such a short time period that is what I’d recommend though. If you find you are able to get to LA to Big Sur somehow, I recommend going from South to North on the 1 so fly into LA and out of SF, hopefully the flights work in your favor. You’d probably have to take the 5 for a portion if there are closures. Traffic going North to South is usually heavier so you are more likely to get stuck in more traffic going that way. I have a couple posts on driving hwy 1 from San Diego to San Francisco that you might find helpful. Start here: https://headedanywhere.com/beautiful-big-sur-a-car-camping-adventure-part-1/ If you do the trip before Memorial Day weekend, you should be OK going without booking a place. But since the road closures, you may want to have an idea of where you’d like to stay and call in advance to see how booked up they are for your target dates. Just to be on the safe side. Also, check conditions north of LA since the Thomas fire is finally starting to wind down, but it was the largest California wildfire in modern history. Roads won’t be impacted, but destinations you’d like to visit might. Of the destinations you’ve listed we’ve only been to New Zealand. The South Island is GORGEOUS. This post may help you get a better idea of things you’d like to do there: https://headedanywhere.com/new-zealand-road-trip/. Other places to consider: Thailand, Hawaii, Costa Rica. Hope this helps out!
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