Top Ways to Make Your Next Holiday Less Stressful

We've all been on a 'bad' holiday at some point. While almost any trip or time of work has redeeming qualities (such as the fact that we're not at work …), some holidays just do not have the magic that others do and can end up being more stressful than relaxing. If you've ever been…

We've all been on a 'bad' holiday at some point. While almost any trip or time of work has redeeming qualities (such as the fact that we're not at work …), some holidays just do not have the magic that others do and can end up being more stressful than relaxing. If you've ever been on one of those trips where everything seems to go wrong, and where you end up feeling stressed most of the time rather than rested then you'll know what I mean.

Sometimes it looks like fate is conspiring against us when it comes to enjoying a great holiday, but there are things you can do to tip the balance in your favor. Here we will look at some of the top ways to make a holiday go smoothly and avoid complications …

Pack Light

Packing light makes life much easier because it means you have less to drag around with you .. If you can fit everything into your hand luggage you'll save money and there'll be less waiting around on the day. At the same time there's less chance of anything going missing.

Drive Yourself

Driving yourself to the airport and back makes life easier in a hundred different ways. Of course it's more pleasant to be in your own car with your own music, but it also means you can leave when you want and not worry about people not turning up to collect you (nightmare).

Book Airport Parking

To make driving really relaxing though you should make arrangements for your car before you leave. This way you'll be able to collect it easily and will not need to fight for a space. It will also keep your car safe when you're not around.

Leave Early

Leaving early for your holiday makes a ton of sense. Not only does this mean you will not panic about arriving late, it also means you can then sit at the hotel with a nice glass of beer or some food while you wait which will help you to feel chilled ready for the flight.

Sleep

What's the best thing to do on the plane if you're stressed? Sleep. Take a pillow and a blanket and you'll be there before you know it.

Get an Early Night

Likewise getting an early night the night before – particularly if you're traveling at 4am – can make the whole thing seem a lot less of an ordinal when you have to wake up.

Have Copies of Everything

Do not keep all your documents in one bag – that's just asking for them to go missing. Keep some in a bag, some in your pocket, some in a bum bag … and that way you'll not need to stress about losing anything. Give copies to fellow travelers too.

Do not Take Anything Expensive

If you stress about things getting lost or broken when you travel then here's a simple solution – do not take anything expensive.

Be Flexible

Planning every activity you're going to take part in on your holiday before you even leave can take the joy out of your trip as you rush from one appointment to the next. Be flexible and you can actually relax and enjoy each activity.