Everyone loves a holiday, but we can’t hide from the fact that they can be stressful. It’s ironic seeing as we go away to try and escape stress! However, we come across little things that cause concerns and demand a lot of time and attention. The good news is that you can avoid a lot of common stressors by making a few adjustments to your holiday planning. Here are some of my top tips to make your holiday more relaxing and worry-free:
Book holiday packages
Booking things is the number one cause of stress when holidaying. You have to book accommodation, transport, things to do – the list goes on and on. To avoid all the stress that comes with it, you should book holiday packages. A package gives you everything in one place, so you only have one point of contact and one booking to make!
My pro tip for holiday packages is that you deal with travel agencies that are local to the area you’re going. If you’re traveling to somewhere like Colombia or Peru, then book through a South American agency. If you’re planning a trip to France, then book through either a French or European travel agency. You get the idea, and it’s just to give you extra confidence that the company knows what they’re doing as they understand the country and know the best hotels/sights for you to see.
Keep all the essential documents in one folder
It’s always a good idea to bring a little plastic folder to keep all the travel documents in. Not just yours, but all the kid’s passports, travel insurance details, boarding passes for flights, and so on. When they’re all in one place, it limits the chances of something being lost. Plus, it’s easier to keep track of one large folder than multiple loose items – particularly things as small as insurance cards or passports.
Even if your children are adults, I still think this plastic folder method is worth going through with. They might feel a bit childish trusting you with everything, but it gives you fewer things to worry about as you know you’re in control, and everything is in your folder.
Always have a plan B
Most travel stress is caused by last-minute changes that completely ruin your plans. Here’s a typical example; you’re on your way to the airport, but the train you booked is canceled. If you don’t have a plan B, then this situation becomes disastrous as you stress about missing your flight because you can’t get to the airport.
However, if you already planned for this problem and bought a flex-ticket or checked other potential routes, then you know what to do. There’s no stress, you just hop on a different train and take a slightly different route. The same goes for things like road closures or your car breaking down; have a backup plan in mind so you can go to it if required.
I know the stress of traveling with kids, but these three tips should make life a little bit easier. After all, you’re going on holiday to escape constant stress and tension. So, use this advice to feel more relaxed and to enjoy your holiday.