Whether you are going away for a long weekend, city break or travelling for a few weeks there are times when a lot of us get travel anxiety. It effects me when I feel like I’m not in control or haven’t organised myself, I get nervous something will go wrong. For this reason I have decided to write a few tips on how I prevent my travel anxiety, in the hope it helps you also.
When booking a trip I find it helps to be knowledgable on the area; around your hotel, what there is to do, rough costs for meals and general things you can do whilst there. Research the best routes to take when getting public transport and just remember that all research is beneficial and it will just add to your trip being more organised and prepared on a location.
Adora and I have had loads of fun researching online and looking at blogs, with examples of itineraries and best things to do. We have combined our research and inspiration to create a itinerary plan for the duration of our trip. This means we take full advantage of every day, know our travel routes as well as addresses of the places we are going and can therefore fit more in and do it without any anxiety. Pre-planning is essential when travelling somewhere new and keeping stress at bay.
If public transport is the thing that gets your stressed, like crowding, fear of flying or making your connections, best thing to do it give yourself plenty of time and don’t rush. Make sure you plan in advance what time your trains, flights and connections are and look up platform or gate numbers (if possible). Leave really early and take each step with ease, breathe through any anxiousness and calm yourself with the comfort of planning ahead and knowing where you are going. If their are unexpected delays try to remain calm and ask a member of staff for help on other options of travel.
– Just Breathe through any anxious butterflies
– Drink lots of water
– Carry a stress toy or suck on boiled sweets
– If it’s really bad don’t be afraid to seek help from staff on public transport
– Call a loved one
– Save some funny videos on YouTube to watch later and watch them to distract you
7. Calming Playlist.
Lastly, I have put together a small list of songs you can listen to that may help to calm your nerves if you like calming and happy music like me:
1. Fleet Foxes: Mykonos
2. Laura Marling: Ghosts
3. Bear’s Den: Sophie
4. First Aid Kit: Wolf
5. Sarah Jarosz: Build Me Up From Bones