Traveling has become much more stressful over the past few years with crowded tourist attractions, busy airports, and the detailed planning that most trips require, as many travelers move away from packaged group vacations and prefer independent travel. We all desire to see the world, but not at the expense of our mental health. There are a few things that can make every trip more enjoyable, no matter if it’s a business trip or a family vacation.
Here are seven easy tips to make your travels easier:
As obvious as it may sound, planning your trip properly makes a huge difference. It’s timely to research the best neighborhood to stay in, which cities to include in your trip, which restaurants to eat at – but proper planning is absolutely essential to avoid being disappointed or frustrated on your trip. You invest a lot of money in your trip, so you will want to make sure that you get the most out of it. Read hotel reviews before you hit the ‘book’ button, look up how long it takes to get from your Airbnb or hotel to the main attractions, find out how you’ll get around in your destination. Guide books are popular for a reason – I highly recommend picking one up before your next trip. Another thing to consider to avoid a stressful vacation: don’t try to pack in too much. Leave some time in your itinerary for delays, unexpected surprises, things you may not know about that are happening while you’re in the place you’re visiting, or simply downtime. Rushing around trying to fit it all in will leave you exhausted and stressed.
Don’t Pack Heavy
Whether it’s a family outing or a business trip, carry as little as possible. A three-day trip certainly doesn’t need six different outfits. Packing an extra outfit is fine, but remember: the more you pack, the more it will limit your mobility. Try to travel with carry-on only. Not only will it save you money, but it’ll also save you time at the airport. While everybody else is still waiting for their luggage, you’re already in the taxi line.
Check and Recheck All Necessary Documents
Before going on your trip, you need to check necessary travel documents like your passport, boarding passes, visa requirement papers, and required identity documents. Make sure to check if you need an accurate translation of any documents while traveling abroad. Professional translators at Espresso Translations claim that ISO-certified agencies can fulfill any of your legal, financial or corporate translation needs in a very short time. Create a special travel folder so that you have all your documents in one place and can access them easily when required, and make sure that scanned versions in your laptop as a back-up.
Prepare a Handy Package
Everything you need on a daily basis should be placed in a handy bag that you can easily access any time while traveling. Some of these basic necessities include your earbuds, a sleep mask, a tiny tube of moisturizer, a toothbrush, some mints or gum, a pair of sunglasses, medicines, a pack of dry and wet tissues, some cash or coins, and a credit card. These are items that you might need on the airplane or while roaming around a city.
Carry a Universal Adapter and Charger
You don’t have to carry an extra load of different adapters anymore. A universal adapter means that you are able to charge your devices in any part of the world without having to worry about the different socket types in each country. I also recommend to pack a portable charger for your phone (and cameras that charge via USB) – it’s never fun to have your phone out of battery, but especially when you’re in a foreign country and might need to look up directions, call a cab, or pull up a booking confirmation.
Rent a Car
If you don’t want to rely on public transportation or taxis, consider renting a car to travel effortlessly. Renting a car gives you more flexibility, makes it easier to visit places at your own pace and your own time, without relying on bus timetables or paying for taxis. Renting a car allows you to stop whenever you want, add a pitstop along the way and is cheaper than hiring private drivers.
Set a Realistic Budget
People often plan their trips and don’t budget properly, which makes them regret spending more money than anticipated. First of all, you should only plan a trip if your finances are in order. Booking a trip on a credit card that you are not able to pay off in full is something I strongly discourage. Second, only book flight tickets and hotel rooms that match your financial situation. Add an extra amount to your spending budget for emergencies or unknown costs.
All in all, proper planning and preparing is key to make your trip a big success. And once you’re back home, you’ll already start planning for your next trip.