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5 ways you can decrease your travel anxiety

Planning ahead almost always works. The reason I say "almost" is because not all people are the same. Suffering from anxiety is nothing to be ashamed of, and it affects each person differently. With that being said, there's always help, and you can bet there is a group somewhere in your community that is already waiting to welcome you with open arms. 

But for now, these tips can help you calm your nerves so you can plan an execute that mid-year vacation you've been dreaming about since summer last said it's goodbyes. 

Pack the night before

I mean, duh, right? But you would be surprised as to how easy it can be to skip out on this step. Travelling in the early hours of the morning? highlight this one, underline it and put it all in caps. It's time to let go of the "I'll just wake up an hour earlier tomorrow" line. You'll thank yourself later. 

Make a list and check it twice

When traveling out of town, especially to an new destination, it is always a good idea to have a “pre-home departure” checklist. Ticking off items you’ve packed will allow you sweet peace of mind. A show of hands, who's ever forgotten their toothbrush only to remember it the morning after arriving? Yeah, me too; not cool.

Do a little research

You will always find interesting facts and things to look out for, whether it’s on blogs from people who've been there before, or the hotel’s website. Calling ahead for local hotspot recommendations will allow you to plan a concrete itinerary (that is if you’re a freak like me). Airbnb is also a huge help in getting acquainted with the destination's coolest spots. Otherwise, playing it by ear never hurt anyone.

Check the temperature!

This may be the most important point on the list. A bikini in minus degree weather will only make you dream of going home, even if in the gorgeous French Alps. This will also allow you to pack the right shoes. Ever danced in the rain in a pair of Wellingtons? Oh, you haven't lived!

Relax. Seriously, take it easy

Travelling for leisure should alway consist of just that, leisure. I recommend switching off all email notifications from your cell for the duration of your trip. Should you have to check on the office, bring along your laptop, but do only take it out when you absolutely must. If the office building burns down, I’m sure you’ll get a call from your office bestie, who probably knows your number off by heart just incase. 

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