You might be surprised to learn that a large percentage of vacationers report negative experiences while traveling. Perhaps the biggest contributing factor is the stress involved with travel, and this is a factor that many travelers rarely take into consideration.
The fact is, a lot of the stress that comes along with vacation travel can be eliminated altogether. Your trip is supposed to be enjoyable, right? Nobody wants to be stressed out when getting to their destination when the sole purpose for traveling to begin with is to relax.
Prior to heading out on vacation, there are several things that you can do to be better prepared for your travel experience. And, while you’re on vacation, you can also be prepared for common issues that might arise.
Here, we’ll discuss a few simple ways to mitigate stress while on vacation to make your experience much more enjoyable.
Your Car: Covering All Bases
You can’t go anywhere unless your car is in tip-top condition. So, before you even begin planning your route, plan to take your car to the shop for a thorough inspection and tune-up. This will include the following:
- Checking all fluid levels
- Tire inflation
- Tire rotation & balance
- Windshield wipers
- Headlights, taillights, and turn signals
- Oil and filter change
It’s also a good idea to get the car cleaned out completely from the trunk to the front seat and everywhere in between. Believe it or not, clutter is known to cause stress, and for some, it can cause an inability to focus, which results in being distracted.
In addition to vehicle maintenance, ensure that you have adequate insurance before you embark on your trip. Many insurance policies don’t have towing packages or roadside assistance unless you specify that you want these services included. In the event that you break down, these are services that you’ll need, and knowing that you have them will be comforting as you journey toward your destination.
Plan Your Stops Prior to Leaving
While having an adventurous spirit and stopping wherever you please is certainly fine to do, if you want to have a general idea of where you’d like to stop, research these locations prior to leaving.
Today, we have tools available to locate points of interest along any route. These points of interest might include historical markers, scenic overlooks, national parks, and even cultural sites. Additionally, we also have tools to help us locate gas stations, restaurants, and hotels nearby. Take advantage of these tools prior to leaving as you map out your route.
And, don’t worry. There will still be room for you to stop wherever you please, even if you want to get out of the car and check out a field of wildflowers.
Learn to Adapt
No matter where you’re traveling, you’ll be at the mercy of mother nature. This means that inclement weather could occur at any time. In fact, this is one of the biggest stressors that travelers face when on vacation.
Learning to adapt entails going with the flow when plans get thwarted. No matter what happens, it’s always good to have a backup plan and even an alternate route for whenever issues arise. You’ll find that weather is often the main cause for plans being canceled, but other factors can also contribute as we all learned during the 2020 shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Adapting leads to being creative, and ultimately, to overcoming the obstacles presented to you. So, for example, if you’re in the deep South and all of a sudden you find yourself in a torrential downpour, look for inside options for entertainment or have these already planned as a contingency.
The same holds true if you find that a lake is closed off due to high water levels or if a park is closed due to maintenance. Always have backup options for when things don’t go as planned, and you’ll find that it’s much easier to adapt to any situation.