A couple of days ago, I wrote a post about different types of anxious travelers. If you haven't read it yet, you may want to hop on over and check it out. Because, today's post is for all of you "fully" and "preparation" anxious travelers.
It's no secret that preparing to travel can be stressful, especially if you are going somewhere far away from home. There are tickets and hotels to book, bags to pack, things to buy, schedules to coordinate, and all of these things usually have to be done within a budget and a particular time frame. It is a lot to do, and there are many different ways to make sure that these things get done.
But, the more I travel, the more I realize that there is one, simply, itty bitty, tiny trick that will cut the stress of getting ready to travel in half. Are you ready? I hope you are.
That trick is...
DON'T PUT THINGS OFF UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE.
It's that simple. Don't procrastinate. I know it's difficult, but just don't do it. You can save yourself a world of worry. So, how can you you leave the procrastination station for good? Well, I have a few more little tips for that.
*Have a plan.
The moment that you are 100% certain that you are going to be traveling somewhere, begin your research. Check on flight prices. Look at hotels or hostels in the area you are going. Even if you are still months away from departure, it never hurts to check and see where flight/bus prices are standing. Know your facts in advance.
I know, this one is a bit explanatory...but I find it so helpful! Take all of the information you found in your research, and put them into list form. When you accomplish something (like booking a hotel or buying something you need), cross it off. Begin making packing lists a couple of weeks before you leave, so you can add or remove things as you go.
*Keep your destination in mind.
Travel is one of the most rewarding opportunities in life. To keep yourself from stressing unnecessarily, remember to look forward to the experience that you are preparing for. Don't let worries consume you! Even if something does go wrong after all of your planning, it will be okay. There is a solution out there to every problem.
And with all of this being said, I'm going to go add a few more items to my suitcase. Just four more days until I'm London/Florida bound!
If you could give one piece of travel advice, what would it be?