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Seven Tips for Stress-Free International Travel

Oct 05, 2022

International travel can be stressful! There are language barriers, unfamiliar public transportation systems, and of course, the food. But traveling internationally doesn’t have to be a nightmare! To help you out, we’ve put together seven tips that will ensure your next international trip will be as stress-free as possible.

Think Ahead

Book your travel in advance! If you need to apply for your passport, renew it, or apply for travel visas you will appreciate having the additional time. When you are handling all of this paperwork, don't rush. Allow ample time to fill out all of the paperwork and answer all of the questions correctly; take care to remember which documents you need and how long they will take to process them. Pack these documents in a carry-on bag. Make copies of everything and take 1 copy and the original with you. 

Rely on Apps

If you're headed to a country where English isn't the primary language, there are plenty of apps available to help make your trip more enjoyable. Get instant translations, find foreign cuisine and communicate with locals. Other handy travel apps include currency converters, maps, and time zones. It's also worth downloading an offline map or tour guide before heading out on an adventure.

Take a Comfortable Bag

Pack light and bring one or two durable, long bags, like duffels or backpack style. One bag should be big enough to fit the items you need and the other should have room to take souvenirs back with you. You want the second bag to hold a good chunk of your weight because it'll make it easier on your shoulders if you're lugging heavy things around all day. Of course, you will want to keep in mind which activities you may be doing while on your vacation. It may not behoove you to bring a lot of baggage. 

Pack Smart

Bring toiletries that you'll actually use and make sure you purchase travel sizes. Always pack toiletries in your carry-on luggage in case your checked luggage is delayed. Pack clothes you can mix and match. Pair long sleeve shirts with shorts and bring a light jacket in case your destination is cold or you end up at an event where it’s required to wear one. Wear comfortable shoes on the plane and pack an extra pair in your carry-on. Again, do not over pack!

Do Some Research

Research where you're going to go and make sure it's the right location. Review the travel itinerary details if you're purchasing a travel package. One of the worst things that can happen on a trip is getting there and realizing it's not what you were expecting. Doing your research ahead of time will help ensure you are aware of what to expect, how long it'll take, how much it'll cost, etc. and ensure your stay is perfect from start to finish. Choose a trip that suits you, not what's popular on social media. Your perfect trip may be somewhere that other people overlook. 

Stay Flexible

Planning out every detail before you leave is important, but it's also important to stay flexible. Bringing an adaptable attitude will help you get the most out of your vacation. You'll be more open to other people and trying new things, less stressed, and better able to deal with unexpected circumstances. Trusting in your ability to figure things out when they arise can lead to a stress-free trip!

Pace Yourself

One of the most important things you can do to avoid travel fatigue is to take care of yourself during your trip. Avoid exhaustion by taking frequent breaks, staying hydrated, and eating nutritious food. If you're unable to sleep at night, try white noise. Listening to soothing music or sounds (natural or otherwise) in the background may also help you get a good night's rest when your surroundings are unfamiliar and unsettling. Before deciding on your trip check the travel style. Some destinations and activities are high impact whereas others may be leisurely. 

Wherever you choose to travel, make the most of it. Travel with friends, family, or a romantic partner. Plan your trip ahead of time, pack light, and choose the destination that’s most interesting to you.