With things returning to normal, most of us can’t wait to go on holiday, enjoy new experiences and spend some quality time with loved ones. However, after being at home for so long due to the pandemic, travelling to a new place may feel daunting, to say the least. Here are some tips to ease travel anxiety.
The writers at Property Guides share a few tips about how to ease your holiday anxieties and enjoy your trip to the full.
1.Starting small – travel not too far away
If you’re feeling a little anxious about travelling, you may wish to consider a destination that’s not too far away. Whether you choose somewhere in the UK or a green listed country that requires a short flight, this may feel less daunting than travelling long-haul. Even if you go somewhere that’s just a 2- or 3-hour drive away, the change of scenery and some time to relax will do you good!
2. Make a list of things you’re looking forward to
Planning the logistics of your trip may feel stressful, especially if you’re already a bit nervous about travelling. However, it’s important to remember why you’re making the trip in the first place – to enjoy yourself! To ease your anxiety, make a list of everything you’re looking forward to. This could include anything from exciting activities to simply just relaxing in your accommodation.
3. Make the journey as comfortable as possible
Worried about being on a plane with other people? To calm your nerves, bring a few things with you to make your journey as comfortable as possible. Maybe ensure that you have a few good programmes or movies on your phone, make a calming playlist to listen to or buy a packet of your favourite sweets at the airport. Get yourself a travel pillow and eye mask to relax fully.
4. Avoid crowds and peak-time gatherings
If experiencing a new place during the pandemic is worrying you, do your research beforehand. Find out which places or areas can get crowded and when and avoid peak times. If you have any activities in mind, it may be a good idea to book these in advance to avoid getting stuck in a queue and to ensure that you beat the crowds.
5. Have a digital detox
It’s well known that social media and a constant attachment to our phones can be anxiety-inducing. You may find it helpful to take a break, whether that’s from social media apps or your phone completely. Inform your loved ones that you are doing this beforehand, so they know you won’t be replying to messages or returning calls. Once your phone is switched off, your brain can switch off too and you’ll give yourself a proper break.
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