Travel can be stressful, there’s no denying it. From the panic of nearly missing a flight to worrying about having enough gas to make it to the next gas station when out on the open road, there are tons of sources of stress to worry about.
Whether it’s screaming kids, a deadline closing in, or a flat tire, we’ve got the solutions for travel stress that you’re going to want on your next adventure.
Read on to find out how we bust even the most ridiculous levels of travel stress while we’re on the go with these 5 tips.
First, if you haven’t ever tried it, adding a little bit of mindfulness to your routine is a great way to reduce stress in even the most frustrating situations. Mindfulness is all about living in the moment: instead of worrying about the 15 steps it’ll take to get from point A to point B on your journey, by being mindful, you can focus on the specific tasks at hand.
When can you practice mindfulness? Anytime really – well, unless you’re behind the wheel of the car. But it makes for a great and restorative way to pass the time while waiting for a flight, or if it’s not your turn driving.
The great news is that mindfulness is easier than ever to access: just download a mindfulness app and find the guided meditation, mindful eating, or even mindful walking routine that works for you.
CBD has started quite the craze due to its many health and wellness benefits. But what exactly is CBD? CBD is one of the active chemicals in marijuana, along with its more famous counterpart, THC. Unlike THC, CBD doesn’t get you high or cause confusion and disorientation.
Instead, CBD offers a soothing, mellow feeling that can help with everything from sleep troubles to travel stress. Plus, it comes in a variety of easily transported forms, like small tinctures, tasty gummies, slender vape pens, and even CBD powder, all of which make it easy to bring along with you on your next adventure.
Next time you feel yourself start to panic about your itinerary, just take a little CBD, and let the calming feelings wash over you.
Yoga on the go
Yoga might be most at home in a beautifully lit studio, the smell of incense in the air, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find your inner yogi while traveling! In fact, yoga is great in part because it’s so easy to bring with you – all you really need is a set of comfy clothes and a good recollection of the poses.
Yoga is a great option to destress while traveling for a few reasons.
- First, it packs in all those mindfulness benefits we mentioned before. Yoga is all about mindful breathing, which is perfect for travel stress.
- Second, when traveling, it’s pretty easy to get stiff and sore, especially if you’re sitting in a car or airplane seat for hours upon hours. Getting in a good stretch is key.
- Third, yoga is easily portable. Just be sure to download a yoga app with all the poses you need, and wear your comfiest pair of yoga pants while off on your adventure, and you’re good to go!
Bring along a book
There are few things more stress-relieving than immersing yourself in a good book. With the swirling, high-pace tempo of traveling causing you to feel overwhelmed and not yourself, sitting down and reading can be a grounding activity that brings inner peace.
Find a great local bookshop and pick out a couple of eye-catching titles before embarking on your next adventure! Or, if you’d prefer, be sure to download a high-quality e-reader app that allows you to download multiple books on your favorite tablet or other device.
Always come prepared
The best way to reduce stress while traveling is to prevent it in the first place. While you’ll always face some degree of stress while on the go, you can seriously reduce it by planning ahead and making sure that every step of your journey is accounted for before you strike out on the road.
Make a plan, write it out somewhere that you can reference it, and go into your adventure with the knowledge you need to be confident. And, of course, remember a few of the stress relievers mentioned in this list!