How To Maintain A Peace Of Mind While Traveling? Tips For Stress-Free Travel.
One of the most exciting parts about traveling is planning the vacation itself. You could go old school and throw a big map on a table or simply head over to Google Maps and see how long it takes you to go from one destination to another.
You get to research travel blogs (like this one!), check out photos, and ask friends about any little trips and tricks. If you’re a super planner, you might have a notebook full of restaurant suggestions, places to avoid, and special deals.
While we’ll leave the destination choices up to you, there are some tips you should be taking with you on whatever adventure comes your way.
Save All the Information On Your Phone
Multiple cities mean multiple accommodation places, multiple reservations, multiple directions, and a million other small things. It can be hard to keep track of it all.
Many people opt for a small file folder that has printouts of all their information which is perfectly fine. The only issue is that can easily become lost or damaged and it takes up valuable space in your suitcase or backpack.
Take a screenshot of everything you think you may need and save it on your phone. Your phone should be in your pocket at all times and it’s much easier to pull up a photo from your gallery than scrolling and searching through your email.
You don’t want to be stuck on a corner in the rain trying to have your phone connect to the internet when you could simply have a digital copy of your hotel reservation.
Pack Less Than You Think You Need
Before going on your trip, think of all the potential activities and weather climates you’re going to be in. You might be going through mild temperatures to the beach then back to a rainy destination.
One of the biggest issues backpackers run into is overpacking. Do you really need two swimsuits? Are you actually going to use all those shoes?
Bring things that you know you would need and use. Try to limit your “just in case” items and make sure you’re bringing the “I know I’ll need this” instead. Even though impromptu events may arise at any moment, it’s better to pack light.
Plan for a Rainy Day
Of course, you should bring your rain jacket, but there is bound to be one or two days during the trip where you’re simply exhausted. You can’t be bothered to go see another museum or walk through the “old city” anymore.
Make sure you have some entertainment with you, whether it be an e-reader or a device to binge your favorite series. When it comes to watching your shows, don’t be restricted by geography. Set up an app on your tablet or computer so you can stream any content you want effortlessly.
Make a Copy of Your Passport
Losing a passport is the perfect way to have your trip go from fantastic to terrible in just a few moments. While you may not see that physical passport again, you can make the process of getting one back easier.
Have a copy of your passport with you at all times. That way, you can still enter a consulate or embassy and ask for a temporary one. Having that proof of citizenship will make your life much, much easier.
Don’t Overdo It
There are plenty of travelers out there who seem to travel with one goal in mind: see as many places as humanly possible. If you’re trying to check off as many countries, then go for it. You just may not get to enjoy everything you see.
Running around from city to city is exhausting and the more tired you become, the less likely you are to remember your trip fondly. Instead of trying to see four cities in five days, why not break that up and see just two cities over those five days? You’ll be able to enjoy a city more and be more well-rested during your time.
Plus, you want to leave some destinations so you have an excuse to come back!