Enjoying the benefits of fine wine and travel are invariably linked. Unless you live in a wine making region, to enjoy fabulous wines from the cellar door, you will need to travel. Some people love travelling, others find it a necessary evil. So how do you get the most out of travelling?
Think of the Destination
Why do we travel? To get to the destination. Yes it is possible to enjoy the journey, but sometimes the journey can throw up unexpected problems and challenges. This can cause all sorts of stress when the unknown issues of travel come to spoil the party.
So stop and pause. Remember why you are travelling. Take a deep breath and remember that holidays are meant to be fun and relaxing.
Control Stress by Forward Planning
One way to alleviate stress is to feel in control of situation. Now it is not always possible to control every part of life. But forward planning can help prevent some common issues confronted by travelers.
Control can be gained by having the knowledge and the tools to cope with any situation you may be confronted with. So from the moment you begin thinking about your next holiday, start a travel journal.
Take time to begin to think about your journey and diligently write down the things can go wrong with electronics so keep a printed version of your travel plans.
One of the major stresses of travel is transportation. In part of your planning ask yourself how are you going to get around. What modes of transport are available? How long will it take to travel each leg? What options are available to you? How much time is required at airports and for transfers? Preparing for these with plenty of time will help you relax and enjoy the ride.
Knowing what to Bring
One of the biggest issues with travel is the question of what you need to bring.
Make a list of the clothing items that you will need to take along. Now make a list of cosmetics, toiletries, etc. that you feel you may need. Lastly make a third list of all the essentials that are not covered by your first to lists – electronics, camera, Polaroid film etc. Then halve each list.
Most people travelling take far too much with them. A light bag will help you travel with a greater freedom as you wont need to stress over packing, pulling your bag around and struggling with each move. You will also enjoy your travel more.
Get the Best Advice
If you make your travel arrangements well in advance you will be on your way to enjoying your travel as much as possible. One of the ways you can do this is with expert advice.
Start your investigations online in forums and blogs. Get a good baseline of knowledge from which to make your decisions on accommodation and what attractions to see.
It may be more cost effective to book your own transport and accommodation but consider using a travel agent. With someone looking out for your best interests this can take the stress out of the situation and help you relax and enjoy the ride.
Enjoy the Journey
Get to your destination as relaxed as possible and ensure that you return home with good memories of a great holiday. Travel is meant for enjoyment! So go and explore the world with a smile on your face.