5 Things You Can Do To Relieve Your Pre-Travel Jitters Tell your dad to watch the movie Taken
Traveling is one of the most exciting things that you can do, but it could also warrant a horrible nervous feeling in the pit of your stomach. It’s scary to go so far from family and friends to a place where you’ll be totally out of your comfort zone, but it’s important to not let your pre-travel jitters make you any less excited for your adventure. Here are a few things that you can do to feel a little more prepared and ease your nerves so that your journey can be worry and stress-free.
- Write out a day-by-day itinerary
Part of my nerves come from the feeling that I’m not going to have enough time to do everything that I want to do when I go on vacation. Writing out an itinerary helps to get myself organized beforehand so that I know that I’ll be making the most of my time from the second I land. I also make sure that my itinerary is complete with all of my flight, hotel, and contact information and I share it with my family. It puts me at ease knowing that they know exactly where I am God forbid anything bad should ever happen.
2. Go to the bank and exchange money beforehand
If you are traveling out of the country, currency exchange is something to worry about. It always gives me anxiety thinking about having to exchange money at the airport, where will have the best rates, if there will be places to do it when I get there, etc. An easy way to relieve this stress is to go to your bank before your trip to make the exchange. That way you don’t have to worry about being rushed at the airport and you know that you’ll have money to use as soon as you land for transportation to your hotel, etc.
3. Tell your dad to brush up on his Liam Neeson skills
This one is more for the ladies, but I seriously have anxiety about being taken when I travel. I just know that I wouldn’t be able to do much to defend myself if I got into a bad situation. This anxiety is hard to shake, but it helps to tell your dad to prepare himself to go Liam Neeson and take down everyone in his path on his mission to bring you back if you ever went missing. Obviously be aware of your surroundings at all times, stay with your friends, and use your common sense when you’re traveling anywhere. Don’t share cabs with strangers.
4. Research the culture of the place that you’re going
It’s scary to travel to a place where you know nothing about the culture. You don’t even realize how different people are around the world until you get the opportunity to travel to a different country. Researching the culture of the place that you’re going helps to put you at ease before you go. Make sure to learn a few keywords of the language and make note of any blaring differences between your lifestyle and the lifestyle of the place that you’re going. For example, knowing that people in Spain take siesta every afternoon is useful information so that you’re not taken totally off guard when the streets seem like the zombie apocalypse in the middle of the day.
5. Make copies of your passport
This is more of a general travel tip and is just smart to do. You never know what’s going to happen and you don’t want to be stuck in a situation where you’ll have a hard time getting home. Make multiple copies of your passport and store them in different compartments of your luggage. Hopefully, you’ll never have to use any of them, but knowing that you’re overly prepared will help to relieve the stress of unknown circumstances.