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5 Ways to Relax While Traveling

Are you plagued by stress… even when you’re traveling? You’d be surprised how hard it is to relax while traveling. With the stress of the travel days, the spending of money, heavy itineraries, you may not even relax at all.


Being away from your home can throw anyone off balance. Let’s not forget too that you’ll be on a totally different schedule than what you’re used to.


It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling for the first time or if you’re a seasoned veteran, many aspects of traveling can leave you with an anxious feeling. Knowing ways to relax while traveling is an invaluable lesson for anyone to learn.


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Relax while Traveling



One way to relax while traveling is to find a local gym wherever you are. In addition to exercise, decide which you prefer, a steam room vs. sauna, and find a gym that offers your preference.


It’s a healthy way to relax. Making sure that you’re taking care of your wellbeing and health, in itself, can melt your stress away. Your hotel might offer a way to work out as well, so check out all your options.


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Plan Ahead


Even if you’re just headed for a sunny vacation at the beach, having a mental image of where you’ll be and what you intend to do can help a bit when it comes to establishing a bit of control…and that’s an instant stress reliever.


Before you leave your home, take a minute or two to do a bit of research on the area. You’ll at the bare minimum need to know the address of your destination to get from your home to the hotel.


Going into your trip with at least a bit of a game plan can ensure that you’re both confident as well as ready for any experiences that might come your way.  




If you truly want to reduce your vacation stress, one thing you have to keep in mind is to not schedule every minute of your days. If you’re a particular fan of tight schedules, don’t forget to factor in things like relaxing, jet lag, and other things before even beginning to make a schedule. 


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Even when unplugging doesn’t seem to be a possibility, you should have at least a few times each day when you’re free from mobile devices.


If you find that this simply isn’t any sort of a possibility, try to distance yourself from electronic devices for a period of half an hour before going to sleep. To know, you’re sure to have the time you need for you to be able to recharge before the next day.


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Family Pictures


This one might be more (at least this part) for those who travel for business. If you’re without your loved ones on your trip, make sure to have pictures of your family on your computer or phone.


Seeing the people you love can make you smile if you’re having to sit through boring meetings for work. If you’re on a pleasure trip with your family, make sure to take a lot of pictures of you all spending time together and creating lasting memories.


This can bring you joy and ease stress both on your trip and for years to come.


Spend the Right Amount of Time on Your Vacation


Finally, save time for your vacation. If this means going to work when you don’t feel at 100% to save those sick days.


Alternatively, remember that you don’t need a full week or two to get away from it all. Even a weekend trip can open your eyes to what’s out there. Remember to plan in advance though so that you have the money and time to do what you love doing.


Stressing over those two things alone can lead to a trip that’s more stressful than relaxing. Oh, and have fun!


In Closing


Don’t get caught up with massive itineraries, poorly made plans, and the stress of travel days. Take it slow, unplug, connect with your family and let yourself relax while traveling!

Christa Thompson

Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 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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