Your First Day of Travel Tips

Beat the jitters on your first day of travel. Packing, organizing travel documents, airport parking and drama, and more.

We all get a little nervous before traveling and now travel has REALLY changed. You’ve heard of a ‘new normal’, but what exactly does it mean for travel?

Most people with pre-travel anxiety often find themselves going back and forth with the travel plan as the travel date approaches. Will you get to the airport on time? Will everything run smoothly back home while you’re away? Maybe you have a fear of travelling abroad, or anxiety about travelling alone. The list can sometimes feel endless, and the lead up to a trip sometimes becomes stressful, rather than a time of enjoyable anticipation.

Here are some tips and tricks to make your journey memorable and put our mind at ease:

1. Adjust Your Focus

Anxiety is the response that the nervous system gives when the mind fixates on something unpleasant. As a result, when you are getting butterflies about your trip, what you are focusing on, might be the culprit. People worry about several things ranging from getting lost, falling sick or getting COVID, having an accident, problems with travel documents, flight delays, etc.

Fixate on the positives about your trip. Think about what excites you and the benefit you will get. When your focus changes like this, it will be accompanied by positive emotions.

2. Take Care of Yourself Before the Trip

Make time for exercise as it can help deal with anxiety and prepare you for the trip. It helps prevent depression, as it will go a long way to help you feel good, calm, and relaxed before the actual trip.

Travelling can be (and should be) a wonderful experience but planning for a trip can leave even the savviest, most experienced travelers with knots in their stomachs and butterflies in their chest.

3. Make Itineraries

Making itineraries and putting a timeline on everything is probably the best way to curb pre-travel jitters. Plan your place of stay, public transportation, places to eat and tourist attractions you might want to see and plan it all. There is always a chance you will deviate when there but having a readymade plan is comforting.

Look overall at each day you will be traveling, make multiple-day itineraries and add a back-up plan of sorts.

4. Handle Work-Related Guilt

Banish the guilt – you’ve earned the right to go on holiday so don’t feel guilty about leaving your work behind. Be disciplined in the run-up to your holiday.

It can be even more difficult if you’re your own boss – taking a break can feel like an extravagance rather than a necessity. When, in fact, taking time to recharge your batteries is essential to your overall performance and will allow you to feel “human” again.

After spending the last week counting down to your time away, how do you make sure you truly relax before, during and after your holiday?

Ask someone to monitor emails, hand over your current projects and remember to put your out of office on. Whenever possible try to factor your holiday into the project plan so you don’t feel you’re leaving your colleagues in the lurch.

5. Create a Packing List

Have you packed everything you need? If the fear of forgetting something, has you breaking out in hives, create a packing list days in advance so you have time to add or remove as you please. By doing this, it will ensure you have everything so you’re not panicking at the last minute.

Just trust yourself - - if you have made the decision to go on a trip, weighed the pros and cons, carefully studied all the necessary information, and followed all advice when planning, feel free to take off. You have foreseen and thought everything over and realize everything will be fine!

Most of all, remember that the purpose of travel is to have fun and experience many positive emotions and receive lasting impressions. We are firmly convinced that the anticipation of exciting adventures and the joy of new discoveries will really help in the fight against anxiety.