When traveling the feeling that you’ve forgotten something is nothing short of horrific. Losing your Passport in a foreign country- quite possibly the scariest experience you could ever endure. Lucky for you, these travel tips will definitely help reduce travel stress! From packing to landing, keep your travel frustrations at bay with these simple yet effective travel hacks. You’ll be organized, prepared, and ready to enjoy every moment of travel- even standing in line...
Make a List
The second you make a travel commitment, construct a packing & preparation list. What you’ll take will depend highly on where you’re going so tailor your list to your destination. From clothing to toiletries to electronics- and their chargers- make the most detailed list of items you’ll be taking with you. As you pack, you can check everything off and rest easy knowing your belongings are safely tucking into your luggage. Also, look into any documents you’ll need, vaccinations that may be required, visas that need to be applied for, etc. This is a fool proof way to ensure you're not forgetting anything. The more time you have to compose your list, the more thorough you can be.
Email Yourself Important Documents
Before leaving email yourself a copy of your Passport, identification card, itinerary, hotel reservations, or any prepaid activity confirmations. Create a folder and place all of your scanned documents and confirmations there for easy access. This can be so helpful. In the event that something happens to your Passport or ID, you’ll have an extra copy. If you’re a little lost in a new place, you’ll have the addresses and phone numbers on hand. You’ll be back to enjoying your much deserved vacation in no time.
Laugh About It
If there’s anything travel teaches you, it’s that any time spent angry, frustrated, or upset, is time wasted. Long lines are guaranteed to happen so anticipate them and instead of getting upset over the wait, make the most of your time and have a look around, start a conversation with a stranger, be in the moment. You’ll find that the more you do this, the more you will enjoy your trip. It’ll start to permeate into every aspect of your travels and before you know it, you're living the dream of stress free travel.
Go With The Flow
No matter how prepared you are, no mater how attached you are to your itinerary, sometimes you simply have to let go of the plans and just go with the flow. If you’re anything like me, you don’t leave for longer than two weeks without a trip binder packed with a schedule, transportation options, reviews on every dining/excursion/adventure option, and only the internet knows what else. Part of me knows that the more attached I am to that plan, the more disappointed I’ll be and the less likely I am to have an enjoyable experience. My trip binder has taken me to some amazing places, but it could never have known the hidden gems, best kept secrets, and extraordinary people that will cross your path if you let them. So remember, slow down and be open to new experiences. The best parts of travel are the unexpected moments.
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