Planning a holiday this year but worried about all the stress that sometimes goes with it? This used to be me. As much as I love to travel, I used to find actually organising my trip and getting from point A to point B such a nightmare that it was often easier to just skip the trip and take a longer trip later in the year.
But no more! Now I’m a pro at planning and organising my trip so there’s little stress involved. Here are my top travel tips to keep your next holiday stress-free:
Why do we procrastinate planning our travel? Maybe it’s because actually booking the flights, reading hotel reviews, and finding fun things to do can be time consuming. But studies have shown that with the right attitude, the planning can be almost as fun as the trip itself. That’s why it’s a good idea to start early so you can get the cheaper flights and accommodation and then have plenty of time to do research about your destination and get excited for your trip.
I’m not the most organised person in the world, but I quickly learned that organisation is key when travelling. One of the best ways to do this is to get digital. I use an app called TripIt (WorldMate is similar) which keeps all of my bookings in one place. I simply forward all my flight and hotel confirmations to a specific email address and my trip is saved in order, complete with maps, flight numbers, check in times and more. This has been a lifesaver since I can easily see what I’m missing if I don’t have a hotel booked in a specific place or I haven’t yet sorted out my flight.
Take travel insurance
If you’re looking for peace of mind on your trip, the single best thing you can do is purchase travel insurance. This will cover you in the event that you lose your passport, spill coffee on your laptop, or get pickpocketed. But more importantly, you’ll also be covered if you suddenly get appendicitis and need emergency surgery, you break a leg, or you suddenly get seriously ill in the middle of nowhere and need emergency medical evacuation. Take the time to compare travel insurance options and choose the best policy for your needs.
Make it a road trip
Hate airports? I don’t blame you. There are few things worse than going through security, particularly if you’re flying through the United States. If you want to avoid airports altogether, why not take a road trip instead? Rent a car, grab some friends or family members, and head off on an adventure. This is a great way to see spots that you would otherwise miss.