The build up to a holiday can be a stressful time. Don’t get me wrong, it really shouldn’t be, but there’s always the worry about forgetting something, not being late. All of this can make the run-up to your summer or winter break seem like a bit of a drama.
The thing is, holidays are meant to be fun, so it’s always a good idea to identify the cause of your stress, and do something about eliminating it!
One of the main sources of pre-holiday worry is the ‘what if’ element.
What if something goes wrong? Well, this is just a fact of life basically, and you shouldn’t let it ruin something you’ve saved up for! A great solution to this problem is to make sure you book adequate travel insurance. Cut out that covers you specifically for your needs, and not just the cheapest! Of course, this is something you should be doing anyway, but it’s worth pointing out that the reassurance of knowing you’ll be covered in case the ‘what if’ does occur, really does help calm any worries or concerns, helping you focus your mind on the more positive things to come.
Being organised is another way to lower those stress levels, giving you a feeling of being totally in control. I’m not suggesting you dust off the clipboard and write an itinerary of things to do, but maybe writing down all the things you need to do before you leave and ticking them off as you go will help focus and de-clutter your mind, and also helps you not to forget anything. I’m an avid list writer, and I always find it helps me.
I also make sure I print off all my confirmations for my flight, accommodation, and transfer, and I keep them in a small folder in my hand luggage, in the order I may need them. You don’t always need to print off tickets these days, especially for some flights, but I like the peace of mind that I have it if I need it. Find something that works for you and stick to it, that’s my advice.
Your safety net is your insurance policy, and your organisation skills can be relied upon to help you remember everything you need. Don’t let the slightly stressful pre-departure planning ruin the start of your holiday, and make sure you enjoy the airport experience too. Yes, check-in and security isn’t the most fun thing in the world, but once you’re past that side of things, you can enjoy all the fun of duty free, and look forward to jetting off to your destination of choice.