How to Stay Calm When Travelling
Though travelling can be a wonderful experience, it can also be stressful at times. Flights can be cancelled, hotels can be booked, and you may find yourself getting a little homesick at times. Though every trip has its ups and downs, staying calm no matter what the circumstance can help you focus on the positive aspects of your journey rather than the speed bumps.
Get Your Ducks in a Row
Whether you’re planning a short or long trip, being prepared is one of the best ways to reduce anxiety. Making sure you have a solid plan for your trip can help you feel confident as you set off on your journey. It’s also important to make sure you communicate well with anyone else that you’re travelling with, so you know you’re on the same page. When everyone gets to enjoy the trip, it makes for an amazing experience with memories that last a lifetime.
Keep in Touch
One of the best ways you can stay calm when you’re travelling is to stay connected to friends and family while you’re on your journey. Though many people like to take trips as a chance to spend less time on their phones and focus on the present, little check-ins here and there can help you stay grounded in yourself.
If you find yourself struggling while you’re on your trip, consider looking into BetterHelp or other online therapy models that you can engage in while you’re exploring the world. Sometimes we need a little extra help to help us stay calm in new and exciting times in our lives. Travelling can be over-stimulating for some people, and knowing how to take care of yourself should be a top priority.
Accept Some Things Are Beyond Your Control
It can be challenging when planning a trip to expect the unexpected. In fact, it’s impossible. Some things are just beyond your control. Try to not blame yourself for anything that arises while you’re travelling, and instead work to find solutions. Being calm in difficult situations is a skill that can help you in every aspect of your life, and will bring good things your way.
If you’ve ever had a flight delayed, or missed a connection, you know the dreaded feeling of not being able to get where you need to. Remember that sometimes life works out that way. It may not be the most enjoyable experience, but eventually, you will get to your destination. Once you step off that plane and get to enjoy the world around you, the tenseness of what you had to go through to get there will start to dissolve.
This Too Shall Pass
Ultimately, the best way to stay calm in heightened situations is to remember that this too shall pass. Just like any stressful time in life, it will one day be a memory. Many people find that even when difficult things happen while adventuring, they only tend to remember the good moments. Take a deep breath, remember who you are, and begin problem-solving from a secure headspace. Giving yourself a moment to realign can be a great way to stay calm and composed, and ensure you don’t elevate others’ stress as well.
No matter what challenging things come your way, you can work it out. You may not be able to see all of the things you wanted to see or explore all the places you wanted to explore, but you can definitely find your way out of a tricky situation. I once had a friend show up to a hotel booking only to find that it had been closed for years! If she can make it through that, you can make it through anything.
Don’t forget to treat yourself when travelling, and rest and recover from any stressful experience. There’s always tomorrow to explore.