Keeping Holiday Trips Less Stressful

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Holiday travel is a great time to have fun, get away from the usual routines, and be in the company of people you care about. But traveling during the holiday season has its share stress triggers. Overcrowded airports or highways, flight delays, and other unpleasant situations can sap the holiday spirit out of you. Here are a few tips on avoiding travel stress and make your trip more pleasant.

1. Get ready for unexpected delays. Arriving earlier than usual at the airport, train, or bus station reduces the amount of stress you get to experience while traveling during the holidays. Anticipate traffic, passenger security screening measures, and other travel-related procedures that may be slower than normal due to the significant increase in number of people traveling for the holidays.

2. Check flight details multiple times. Flight delays and cancellations are common, especially during the holidays, for various reasons. Check flight information or details at least one day before your scheduled departure to know if there has been any change in your itinerary. A good way to reduce stress of holiday travel is to anticipate any travel-related snag and be ready to deal with it should it arise.

3. Know what to expect. If you are heading out to an unfamiliar place, it would greatly help if you get to know more of your destination. There is no shortage of resources you can find both online and offline. Read various reviews as well as travel books about the place you wish to explore.

4. Keep your cool. Try to always look at the bright side. But be prepared for whatever unpleasant situations may occur. Expect that things will not always turn out as planned or as how you wanted it to be. Go with the unique flow that holiday travel has. Keep your cool when your plans hit a snag such as overbooking, flight delay or cancellation, and whatever it is that would affect your itinerary.

5. Eat and hydrate. Drink plenty of water, stretch, and keep moving while traveling to refresh your mind and body. Eat healthy to maintain your energy levels as well as to avoid irregular bowel syndrome which can be common among travelers.

6. Leave needless baggage behind. One of the best ways to take the stress out of holiday travel is to pack and travel light. Lugging a lot of bulky baggage around congested airports or train stations can be exhausting and stressful. You also have to consider the long queues in check-in counters due to the more number of bags that have to be processed during the holidays. Packing light allows you to move around more easily and with less worry about losing your bags for whatever reason.

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