It’s impossible to eliminate all the stress and anxiety linked to travel. There are ways you can reduce it, though. Follow my tips below.
Choose Quality Luggage
Purchase luggage with quality construction. I own both hard and soft suitcases. Hard cases are more sturdy but they are so hard to balance on hotel luggage stands. Soft cases on the other had can rip or tear. It’s a personal choice, though one of each doesn’t hurt.
I own a 29″ American Tourister that is a soft suitcase. Though I don’t use it often, it has held up very well. Someone I know on the other hand purchased a soft one the same size from a different brand, around the same time I did. We expected both bags to be well made. They also came from well-know brands. Hers did not stand-up and caused her a lot of stress. At one point the frame wasn’t even supporting the rest of the suitcase, which just dragged on the ground. Do you research.
You will save yourself so much stress knowing that your bag will not return to you hanging from its handle (true story).
Know Your Airline Requirements
All airlines are different. Know the specific requirements for the airline you choose. Know the weight limits for your carry-on as well as your checked luggage. You don’t want to be that person rearranging their luggage on the airport floor (true story). Or that person they had to delay the flight for because their luggage didn’t fit in the overhead bin (true story).
Know the requirements for liquids and hazardous items. These can change with time. Stay updated by checking the airport and airline websites.
Purchase Travel Insurance
There are so many things that can happen to you while traveling. You’re traveling to a far away place. Losing your luggage is the least of your worries. There are so many more stress and anxiety inducing situations.
You can become very sick during your trip. The political situation in the country can change suddenly. A natural disaster can happen that comes out of nowhere. I talked a little bit about this in my post about the top problems while traveling to a foreign country.
These and so many more are the reasons to buy travel insurance. I have used AIG Travel Guard for a number of years. I’ve been very happy with them.
Check-in Early for Your Flight
It’s always a good idea to check in as early as possible. Usually you have either a 24-hour or 48-hour window. This is especially important if you have a long haul flight and want to select your seats for free.
If you are not checking a bag, and only carrying your luggage on the plane with you, this will eliminate so much stress! You will not need to visit the ticket counter. Heard straight to the security line and be on your way.
Maybe you forgot to check-in to your flight before you arrived at the airport. No problem. Many airports offer self-serve kiosks where you can also avoid waiting in the long ticket counter line.
These are just a few tips I can think of that will definitely reduce travel-related stress and anxiety. I may do an updated list in the future.