No matter where you are traveling, there is always a lot of planning that is associated so you will be prepared, especially if you have other commitments that you have to take care of at home. Hopefully these tips will guide you in the right direction towards stress-free travel!
1. Open Mind
When traveling, it is essential to keep an open mind and be flexible when things do not always go as planned. Maybe the train is running late or it rains and your tour gets cancelled. Whatever the case, if you accept that things will go wrong you will relieve some of that stress and may even find that you discover something new that you may not have come across if everything went as planned.
2. Make Lists
We all hate that feeling of thinking we forgot to pack something. Make packing lists ahead of time so you can write down things you need to bring as you think of them. This works great if you keep the list in an app or somewhere on your phone so you can easily access it no matter where you are. I use Evernote for my list-making, and I even have the app on my computer and iPad so I can access it from other locations as well.
3. Know Your Apps
With that said, knowing what apps are out there can make your traveling experience a whole lot more stress-free. There are apps for just about anything, and sometimes it is only a matter of finding them. For example, a translator app and a currency converter may both be good to have when traveling to a foreign country. I also use Gate Guru to check the status of my flights and Yelp or Trip Advisor are always helpful when deciding where to eat or what attractions to see. One app that has been a lifesaver is CityMaps2Go. This app allows you to download maps of different cities that you will be visiting so you can access them without Internet. This app will occasionally offer a free download, so keep an eye out for that as well. Travel prepared by keeping your phone stocked up on important travel apps!
4. Keep Your Home Secure
While we would all like to take that adventure somewhere and “leave all our worries behind,” sometimes it is inevitable that we are going to be thinking about what is going on at home. Using dropcam can ease these concerns. It is an affordable way to monitor your home while you are not there, so you really can leave your worries behind!
Did I forget anything you feel is crucial to stress-free travel? Let me know in the comments!