Get Rid Of Excess Baggage By Leaving Anxiety At Home
In an ideal world, travel would be about getting away from the stresses of our daily lives. The perfect trip is one which leaves you feeling so laid back you’re horizontal. But, what happens if your last few trips exacerbated your stress levels rather than calmed it?
It is never pleasant to spend a whole trip feeling wound up. In fact, not being able to get past anxiety and enjoy the experience leads to a load of wasted time and money. Yet, this travel-based anxiety is more common than we realise. Many travellers admit to feeling more stressed out when embarking on a trip than at any other time.
We think that’s a crying shame, and it’s not a reality anyone should accept without question. Travel should calm you down. If it isn’t doing that, something’s going wrong somewhere. Lucky for you, we’re going to look at the mistakes you might be making.
Taking the wrong transport method
First, it is worth considering how you travel to your chosen destinations. It is no secret that many of us feel anxious about flying. This is bad in significant ways. For one, it sets you off on a bad footing with anxiety before you reach your destination. The threat of a flight home can also hang over you and ruin your experiences while you’re away. If you think this is the case, try a trip you don’t have to fly to.
There are plenty of locations worth seeing close to home which are just a car ride away. Or, you could opt for a boat trip, or even a cruise ship to get you where you want to go. If you’ve only ever flown until now, try these alternatives. The chances are that they’ll see you feeling calmer for the duration of your stay.
Getting lost in the crowds
If you head to popular tourist destinations, it is also possible crowds are causing your anxiety. Being swept away in an endless sea of people can be overwhelming for anyone, especially if you have a week of it.
If you’re introverted, this could take both an emotional and physical toll. Is it any wonder, then, that you spend your trip feeling like a nervous wreck? Lucky for you, this issue has an easy solution. All you need to do is opt for lesser-known areas.
Going off the beaten track can provide some fantastic and unique experiences. If you go to Italy, head for regions outside of hotspots like Rome. Tourists often overlook areas like Bergamo, which have a lot to offer. If you do want to visit a few tourist hotspots, get there early in the day to avoid the worst crowds.
You could even consider avoiding crowds when it comes to your transportation methods. If you’ve opted for the cruise above, for instance, you may find yourself among thousands of other cruise goers. By comparison, something like the unique small ship cruise holidays offered by Artisan Travel could see that ship capacity more than halved.
Even when moving around, it may be worth renting a car rather than crowded public transport. You can bet your stress levels will drop the moment you know you won’t have to crush up against strangers all day.
Forgetting to focus on self-care
A vacation is a form of self-care in itself, but that doesn’t mean you can neglect other areas of your self-care. If you disregard the things which help your well being, is it any wonder anxiety eases its way in?
Even while away, focus on foods which nourish you, and routines which allow for downtime. You may even find it helpful to adopt a regular habit of yoga while traveling.
Why not get up early each morning for meditation the way you do at home? These are small things which could make a huge difference. Try them next time you’re away, and see how much better you feel during your trip.
Going away for too long
You may also be going away for too long. Some of us are suited to up to a month away at a time. For others, a week away from home is more than enough.
If you find that anxiety starts to set in towards the end of your trip, this could be your trouble. If you can’t wait to get back to your bed, it’s a sure sign that short trips would suit you better. Take note of that, and book no longer than ten days for your next trip away.
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