Travelling can be a stressful experience. If there’s one thing you can count on, it’s to expect the unexpected. Luckily, there are many ways that we can make our travel experience much more enjoyable.
By taking a few extra steps in the planning process, you’re more equipped to handle delays, cancellations, or anything else that may come up during your travels. While we can’t predict the future, we can certainly plan accordingly to ensure a stress-free travel experience.
How to Have a Stress-Free Travel Experience
1) Arrive early Always give yourself plenty of extra time on travel day. Between arriving at the airport, checking in, going through security, and finding your gate, it can be a stressful experience especially if you’re running late. This also applies to any tours and excursions that you have planned for your trip.
2) Carry physical documents More than half of our essential documents are digital now. It’s a good idea to print physical copies and have them handy in case your electronic documents aren’t accessible. It provides peace of mind and makes the entire process much smoother should you run into any issues.
Some physical copies to carry include flight itinerary, hotel reservation(s), and your travel insurance. Be sure to have an extra photocopy of your passport and driver’s license just in case and remind those travelling with you to do the same. Don’t forget to double check that you have packed all of your documents the night before.
TIP: Separate your documents accordingly using envelopes. Label each envelope as personal identification, itinerary, and tickets, etc. In the event you need your paperwork, it’s neatly organized and easy to find.
3) Check travel requirements Check your airline’s website and familiarize yourself with any additional travel requirements that you may need. This will vary depending on your origin and destination, so it’s important to double check to ensure a stress-free trip. The last thing you want is to be without an important document and have that derail your travel plans.
4) Take a photo of your luggage If you’re checking in your luggage, it’s a good idea to take a photo of your luggage, luggage tag, and valuable items inside. In the event your luggage goes missing or is damaged, you are able to verify the expenses for compensation.
5) Check the weather Check the forecast of the destination that you’re going to. This will give you a clear idea of what you’ll need to pack. I personally love using PackPoint. It’s a free app that uses your destination, date and length of stay, and activities to generate a list of necessities to pack. You can also create a website of your packing list to share with others who are travelling with you! PackPoint is available in the App Store and on Google Play.
6) Plan ahead What will you be doing on your trip? Hiking? Sight-seeing? Museum hopping? If you’re planning on making the most out of your trip, create a realistic schedule that you can follow once you arrive. That way, you’ll be able to visit every spot you’ve been wanting to visit while using your time efficiently.
TIP: Certain attractions offer better discounts if you purchase tickets online rather than at the gate. Check out their websites for the best deals and you may even come across a handful of free activities to enjoy during your visit.
7) Download handy apps If there are any apps that you need for your trip, be sure to download them beforehand. This can include your airline app, Uber, resort app, etc. Roaming and data charges can add up, so downloading things before your trip makes things much easier.
One essential app for me is the airline app. It’s a convenient tool for checking-in, getting your boarding pass, receiving notifications on delays, upgrading, or changing your seat, and checking your flight status. There have been times where I’ve received updates on the app before they were announced at the gate.
8) Get a roaming pass In Canada, if you’re traveling abroad and want to use your mobile phone, you’ll need to look into roaming options with your mobile provider. Instead of using their pay-per-use rates, which tend to be very expensive and can add up, consider adding a roaming pass to your plan before you travel.
Adding a roaming plan helps you avoid any surprise charges on your phone bill when it comes to calls, text messaging, or data usage. The most common plan that most mobile providers offer is a flat daily rate. It’s worth the price if you’re planning on using your phone for the majority of your trip. A few known providers include Rogers and Telus.
9) Clean up Nothing beats coming home from a vacation to a clean house. I like to do a regular cleaning before I leave for my trip, so that when I come home I don’t have to worry about piles of laundry or dirty floors. It’s a small task, but it’s one that you’ll appreciate after coming home from a long trip.
If you plan your next trip with these steps in mind, you’re sure to enjoy a stress-free trip. What are some tips that you have for a stress-free travel experience? I’d love to hear your suggestions. For more posts relating to travel, visit my tag here.
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