How to Travel Like You Were Born to Do It

Stress-free traveling is key if you want to be a pro adventurer. For many people, travel is very relaxing. For others, the mere thought of traveling for business or to visit relatives can create stress and anxiety. Having to deal with crowded airports, rental car agencies and popular attractions can be nerve-wracking. Things can be even harder if you’re traveling with a group. Parents traveling with young children, teenagers, senior citizens or people with special needs, sometimes need to allow for additional time to get to and from their destinations.

 

With enough forethought and patience, you can easily make any trip a lot more enjoyable. Take the time to plan your trip in advance. Start thinking about where you want to go, how long you plan to be gone for and what you’d like to see and do once you arrive at your destination. After you’ve brainstormed, it’s a good idea to start looking at hotel reservation, airfare and lodging and attraction tickets. You’ll want to have a great vacation at a price that meets your budget.

 

There are a lot of great travel sites that can help you with your planning. You may even qualify for specific discounts by booking your airfare, lodging and rental car all at the same time. You can book all of this and tickets to local attractions online. If you’re not computer-savvy or are unsure where to start, you can also ask family members or friends for assistance or contact your local travel agent.

 

Here Are a Few Ways to Achieve Stress-Free Traveling

 

1. Pack efficiently

 

Before you go, make a checklist of the things to pack. Go through your list again to eliminate any unneeded items. If you’re only going to be gone for a few days, it’s best to pack light. Remember to allow extra room in your luggage for souvenirs and other items that you’ll be bringing back home from your trip. If you travel with one bag, you can save significantly on checked bag fees if you’re traveling by air. If you’re traveling as part of a group, take into consideration the number of bags your party will be bringing as a whole. This may help you identify more efficient ways to pack so that you have just enough clothes and entertainment options and other necessities to help you enjoy your vacation.

 

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All the smiles overlooking Malibu Beach. Photo: Cristin Casados

 

2. Take your car with you

 

Most families have taken a family road trip at least once in their lives. They are great for spring and summer road trips across the state or even across the country. However, this can be more difficult for people living in colder climates during the winter who are yearning to escape to sunnier, warmer climates for a while. One solution is to send your car to your travel destination! There are many services including Toronto driveaway service and others that will send your vehicle to where you will be going. This option is very convenient and more affordable than having to use a rental car, taxi or shuttle service or relying on friends or family for getting around. You can even send your car home in advance when you’re ready to leave. A handy option for snowbirds and others who want to get around in their own vehicle at a warmer locale without having to drive through hazardous winter conditions to get there.

 

3. Ask locals for recommendations

 

Some people plan their vacations right down to the very last detail. They know exactly what they’re going to do every minute that they’re at their destination. Unfortunately, life is rarely that perfect. Flight delays, weather issues and other unexpected things can and usually do happen. In those situations, it’s helpful to have a plan B. Take some time to talk to the front desk staff at your hotel or other locals for recommendations for restaurants and things to do on a rainy day. This can save you considerable time and money, especially if you’re traveling during peak tourist seasons. You can find new things and often have more fun than you ever expected.

4. Make sure you have all your important travel documents printed off

I can’t begin to stress how important this is. There’s nothing worse than showing up to a hotel and not having a room. It might seem super old school, but print off your travel info, or at the very least, make a special folder for it in your email. This way you can easily reference it should you find yourself in a pinch.

 

5. Be sure you set a budget and stick to it

 

It’s easy to overspend when you’re traveling. Especially when you are dealing with foreign currency. It’s best to exchange your money in advance with your bank to get the best rate, and then stick to your budget. Maybe decide what your daily spending limit will be and go from there. 

 

If you want to be stress-free traveling, these are just some of the many ways to make your next journey more efficient and convenient. You may be able to save additional money by making reservations in advance or booking your trip during off-peak times of the year. Travel is a great way to see, understand and appreciate more of the world around us. Taking proactive steps to make your journey relatively stress-free allows you to relax and create lasting memories with loved ones. You’ll bring back stories to share for generations to come. If you’re looking for more budget travel ideas or travel tips, be sure to subscribe so you never miss a post!

 


About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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