What is one of the most stressful things you can do voluntarily? Travel.
The airports, the delays, the crowds, etc. It can all be very stressful, and then when you add in international travel the stress level can rise to an even higher level.
If you have any international travel plans in the near future you might want to check out these tips to help you avoid some stressful situations. It’s going to be hectic regardless, but sometimes little things add up and can make the entire experience more enjoyable.
Make sure you have communication ironed out.
There are little things you don’t even think about until the last minutes, like making sure you have your cell phone ironed out. Does your plan cover international traveling? Are you able to send text messages? Access the internet? Make and receive voice calls? Is there a charge?
All of this needs to be figured out. It’s easy to just call your cell phone provider and let them know where you are going and where you are traveling through. They can then tell you where you will and will not be covered and if and when you will experience additional charges.
If it’s going to be costly, consider getting an international SIM card pre-loaded with phone time and data. It is usually a more affordable option if your plans doesn’t already cover it.
Reduce the language barrier as much as possible.
A language barrier can create difficult situations, but there are things you can do in advance to best prepare. Download a translator app and also have some common things loaded up. Things like asking for a taxi or where the closest restaurant is.
If you are traveling to France then you might want to have French translation services available that you can use while on vacation. There are some on-demand services that will help you. The little added expense can help avoid some frustrating communication barriers.
Plan out your days in advance.
Time is often limited, so you want to maximize each day. If you take the time to plan your days in advance you will often get more done.
If your vacation is flying by and you haven’t done everything you wanted it can become stressful. Take the time to map out your days and you will get more done that you set out to accomplish.
Plan in advance and your stress will be reduced greatly.
Understand it’s not always smooth sailing.
Let me say this: no trip will ever be free of stress. It just doesn’t work that way. You have to be fully prepared for this and if so, you will let the little things roll off your back without upsetting you.
When you prepare as much as possible the big issues will disappear and anything you do encounter that is an inconvenience will be small potatoes. Go in knowing you did everything possible to help the situation and you will have an amazing trip.
Now, I only have one question…
Where are you going on your next trip?
Let me know in the comments section.