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
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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
Let Santa Transport Your Gifts
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!
Daina - Founder of headedanywhere.com
Daina is the sunset and ocean obsessed photographer and writer behind adventure travel and work-life balance blog, Headed Anywhere, featuring travel tips, photography, and hacks to simplify your busy life.
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