Do you have "traveller's anxiety"? Here's how to leave without stress!

Do you have "traveller's anxiety"? Here's how to leave without stress!

At least once a year, the holiday time comes for everyone. Whether it's at the seaside or in the mountains, an exotic travel or a "staycation", whatever your destination, disconnecting is important to regenerate body and mind. For many of us, however, holidays can also become a source of stress.
A survey by lastminute.com confirms that stress doesn't go on holiday: only one in five people experience the organization of the trip, the departure and the return with no worries, while for 80% leaving home hurts.
But what prevents us from living this long-awaited moment without thoughts and worries? Eight main reasons emerged from the above mentioned survey: thinking you forgot to do something before departure (28%), organizing transport to and from the airport (23%), preparing luggage (21%), preparing boarding passes (16%), pausing the daily routine (12%), not being able to fully enjoy the trip (10%), lack of Internet and Wi-Fi on holiday (9%), cancelling all work emails once back in the office (8%), having to cancel the trip due to some unexpected event (7%).
But don't worry: with a little attention you can avoid all those inconveniences that can turn your departure into a source of stress. Just a few simple tricks are enough.
Plan your transfers to and from the airport in advance by purchasing them together with your trip or asking for help from the hotel where you are staying, which in many cases can offer you a dedicated shuttle service. If your return flight is scheduled to depart at dawn, consider choosing a hotel near the airport to avoid exhausting trips to the gate.
Also be careful with liquids on board. If you have a suitcase to board in the hold, the problem does not arise because you can bring everything you want. If, on the other hand, you only have hand luggage or you intend to take make-up and cream with you on board the plane, then you need to remember a few things: all the liquid or creamy substances should be put together in a transparent bag that can be easily removed from the bag. Each individual container may not exceed 100 ml and all together must not exceed one litre of capacity.
When you are at the airport, especially during the dead times when you are waiting to be boarded, you are overwhelmed by all kinds of cravings. All those foods and snacks that we usually ignore trying to respect a semblance of diet or simply proper nutrition suddenly become the object of desire of every traveler. It's a shame that airport bars are familiar with this sensation and increase prices on purpose. One idea to save something might be to buy all the food you might want at the supermarket the day before your departure, with the exception of drinks, which you would have to throw away before security checks.
The summer months are when airports are literally stormed by thousands of people ready to take flight to the most diverse destinations, with the exception of this year, of course. It would take a real miracle to avoid queues, but studies show that most people, being right-handed, tend to prefer the right. According to this research, to try to find less queue at the controls, all you need to do is opt for the alternative on the left.
When you're travelling, don't be ashamed to always ask if a better solution is possible, especially on board intercontinental planes. Take advantage of special occasions: if you've just got married or it's your birthday, tell the flight attendant. Often the best classes don't fill up and you may be offered a better deal without paying any extra charge. Even if you travel alone you can always ask for an upgrade, after all it costs nothing and the worst that can happen is that they say no.
If you have made too many purchases on holiday or simply decided to leave only with your hand luggage and you are afraid that everything will not fit in your suitcase, don't despair. Try to wear as many clothes as possible (within the limits of decency) or in any case those that you think may be the most bulky: the boots, the sweater, the jacket. Remember that what you are wearing is neither weighed nor taken into account by flight attendants and that the air conditioning often makes the temperature polar on the plane. A few extra items never hurt.
If for you happiness is real only if it is shared...on social networks, before leaving ask your phone operators how to surf abroad, to publish photos or find online the information you need while travelling. And when you book your hotel, make sure it has free Wi-Fi available for guests!
Many people underestimate the fact that airplanes are home to hundreds of people every day and that this makes them one of the easiest places to get germs of all kinds. If it is easier to find equipped bathrooms at the airport where you can wash your hands comfortably, the same cannot be said for in-flight toilets. For this reason it is always a good idea to bring wet wipes and, if possible, hand disinfectants (bearing in mind that the bottle cannot exceed 100 ml).
Your smartphone on holiday? Just use it to shoot some beautiful selfie! Leave e-mails aside: set up an automatic response so that whoever is looking for you is informed that you are not available at the moment - and that you are enjoying your well-deserved holiday! - but that you will reply when you get back to the office.
Most travellers move around with black trolleys, and they are all similar. Getting to recognise your luggage in a monochrome sea may not be easy, especially if you were on an international flight that accommodates a large number of people. Keep this in mind if you need to buy a suitcase and choose a coloured one if possible. If you don't like coloured suitcases, then try to make your luggage recognizable with some stickers or a label hanging on the handle. You will save yourself the anxiety of having to check everyone who has a suitcase similar to yours or having to open the luggage you have taken and then find that it does not belong to you.

Do you and your language exchange friends have the traveler's anxiety or are the travel arrangements and the trip itself not stressful for you? Write your answers in the comments section below!


Written by: Martina Sassi, Staff Writer

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