Darlings, with summer on its way, I wanted to re-visit how to travel stress-free. Specifically traveling stress-free over 50. I also wanted to focus on pre-travel and how you can make your adventure more carefree and easier on both your body and mind.
Yes, my darlings, be flexible! When starting to plan your getaway, whether it’s across the world or one state over, always plan on being flexible with not only your travel plans but also how you control your adventures.
Now you might be saying, “But Honey, how do I travel stress-free without controlling everything?”
I am here to tell you, darlings that trying to control an outcome is impossible. You will only cause yourself unwanted anxiety and stress. Yes, plan your travel, but know that there are going to be many things that happen along the way that will cause hitches in your plan. However, that is okay, my darlings. If you plan to be flexible, your journey will be much happier and the people around you will be much happier too.
Also, my sweet readers, when you do come across a bump in your plans, remember to take a deep breath. This will make all the difference.
Finding a Good Travel Agent
Darlings, speaking of planning, one way to relieve stress is to take a vacation using a third-party planner. If you have the funds and you simply do not have the time to work out all your travel wants and needs, a travel agent is a great way to go.
Now, finding a good travel agent can take time and research, but it can be done. My biggest advice, my darlings is to make sure you have time to build a relationship with the right travel agent for you. Make sure whoever you pick knows your needs, your wants and ensures you are a priority.
Do not be afraid to ask for references! Guarantee that your travel agent knows what they are doing and that others have had a great experience using their services. It is not worth risking a cheaper, lesser-reviewed travel agent, my darlings. Always remember that you receive what you pay for.
Lastly, do not settle on the first travel agent you find first. Think of it as a job interview. Research and talk to a few before making a decision, my lovelies. I promise you will not regret taking a little extra time to find the perfect match. You want someone who will listen to your desires and stay within your budget, not someone who will try to upsell you or change your travel plans to their imaginations.
Planning Travel Without an Agent
My darlings, if you cannot afford or do not want to work with a travel agent, that is also completely fine and very doable. There are so many tools on the internet now that can make your travel planning a breeze. You may find ideas by clicking here.
I then suggest making the time you spend planning your travel exciting and joyful. Have your travel companions with you and let your dreams run wild. Plan out a location and all the wonderful adventures you may want to take while you’re there. Be open-minded and flexible with your plans. This will make a world of difference.
Give Yourself Plenty of Time
This, my darlings not only refers to the time you spend traveling but your pre-planning as well. To keep travel stress-free, time is of the essence. Dedicate ample time to planning your trip and your excursions. Make sure you feel comfortable with where you’re going and how you’re getting there. Plan out how you’re going to get to the airport and the hotels where you will be staying. Exchange currency ahead of time if you’re planning to travel to a new country and always know the basic language to travel with ease. I even suggest carrying a small book of phrases or words of the country’s native tongue. This will make you feel more relaxed while you’re in a new region.
On the days you travel, get to the airport with plenty of time to spare, especially if you are traveling internationally. No worries if you are early, it gives you time to have a drink and relax before you board your flight.
If you are an anxious flyer, then you may have anxiety over the time you will spend on an airplane. This is very common, my darlings but there are several things you can do to make the trip easier on yourself. I’ve made a little list so that you can see a few options.
- Download meditation apps or calming music on your phone or iPod.
- Carry a stress ball or a worry stone with you for extra comfort.
- Have a travel pillow or a security blanket from home that brings you love.
- Carry calming essential oils with you such as lavender, ylang-ylang or peppermint.
- For long flights, try natural melatonin to help you sleep. A cup of relaxing chamomile tea is also a great idea.
Finally, my darlings, take advantage of walking up and down the aisles in the airplane. Make sure you’re constantly stretching and getting the circulation flowing through your body. This is very important for travelers over 50. It also will help anxious flyers keep their bodies and minds calm during stressful moments.