5 Tips For Planning A Relaxing Getaway Without Getting Stressed

Is working driving you mad? Is your hectic family lifestyle too much to handle? Then it might be time to think about taking a break and getting away for a few days.

While a holiday is probably, just what you need, the idea of planning your trip might put you off. Planning a trip can be stressful, especially if you aren’t organised about it. But if you are well prepared, then planning a relaxing trip away should be as stress-free as the trip itself.

Here are our five top tips for planning a relaxing trip away without getting stressed:

 

  1. Brainstorm

It might sound a little odd, but the best way to find a destination that you and your travel buddy are both happy with is by brainstorming. Any destinations that come into your head write them down.

As well as just throwing destinations you like the sound of onto the board, it is also about choosing somewhere that can offer you the relaxing break you need. It is important to think carefully about this, if you choose the wrong destination, you could go home more stressed than when you left.

Narrow it down to three destinations and do some research on each of them. The best way to do this is via the internet and by asking other people who have visited them for advice.

 

  1. What causes your travel stress?

If travelling itself stresses you out, ask yourself what it is that causes you to become stressed. Is it travelling via a plane? Is it all the waiting around? Is it the worry of missing a flight? Is there a certain form of transport that makes your stress worse?

Think about what causes you to become stressed when travelling and try to find ways to get around it. For example, if using buses causes you stress, book a taxi from the airport instead. Or, if plane travel causes you to become stressed, consider taking a ferry or train instead.

 

  1. Choose your accommodation wisely

The aim of your trip is to relax and unwind, so it is important to choose accommodation that will allow you to do that. Instead of opting for a family-friendly hotel, why not choose an adult only hotel or a spa hotel in Bali? Give yourself a proper chance to relax and unwind by choose suitable accommodation.

 

 

4. Don’t plan to do too much

Although there will probably be a few things that you want to see and do while you are away, don’t plan to do too much. Instead, focus on having time to relax and unwind.

If you try to fit too much in, you will only end up stressing yourself out. Stick to a maximum of one activity a day, and spend the rest of the time relaxing at your hotel.

     5. Don’t start your trip stressed

Start your trip as you mean to go on, and don’t leave stressed. Instead, book an extra two days off work before your trip so that you can spend some time relaxing beforehand. Plus, having a couple of days free before you trip, will give you time to prepare everything and get organised.

If you are feeling tense, make an appointment for a massage the day before you travel. This will help relieve tension in your muscles and should make you feel happier and more relaxed.

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Tips to Ensure a Safe Travel

It is important to have a travel plan especially if you and your family will go for a holiday abroad. Before leaving for your trip make sure you and the family members are already aware of the basic facts, resources and information on the place of your destination such as Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, Customs Restrictions like bringing medications and what you cannot bring back with you. An itinerary is best to be at hand always, or go for a package tour for best deals and fewer worries.

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4 Ways to Pass the Time While Flying

Long flights are often synonymous with boredom, frustration, and a slight sense of claustrophobia. If you are dreading your next flight and don’t know how to make the hours fly past, take heed of the suggestions below. If these suggestions don’t feel like they will cut it, you can always engage the services of companies like Corporate Traveller, who would surely have a wide range of suggestions for ways to make your flights more bearable.

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1. Indulge in Your Programs

If there is a certain television program that you’re partial to, take the flight as an opportunity to catch up on your show. Intentionally don’t watch the show for a few weeks so that you can binge-watch a few episodes in one sitting. Just be aware of the content of what you’re watching; nothing is private on a plane. The same concept works for movies that you’re keen to watch. Stockpile them on your favourite device and ensure your battery is fully charged and ready to go.

2. Start aNew Hobby

Do you have a hobby that you’ve been waiting to start? If it’s the sort of hobby that can fit in a 1×1 metre space and can pass through airport security, now is the perfect time to start it. Sudoku is very popular and can easily kill some hours, depending on your skill level. Or perhaps you wanted to start sketching or writing a novella. Choose something that fits within your known interests but will be challenging enough to keep you occupied for a while. You don’t want to be bored of it in the first 30 minutes.

3. Strike Up a Conversation

Now this suggestion often strikes fear into the hearts of travellers. Many of us have been the victim of a ‘serial conversationalist’ who is incapable of reading body language and recounts the most boring stories you’ve ever had to sit through. This is not recommended. But if you judge your short-term neighbours to be interesting, friendly and open, by all means introduce yourself. You can bond over the universal hatred of long-haul flights. If you find yourself unsure, a great tip is to wait until the final leg of the journey to kick-start a conversation. That way, if you do find yourself in an uncomfortable situation, you don’t have to stick it out for too long.

4. Snooze

This may seem like a dull suggestion, but you’d be amazed how the time flies by following some shut-eye. Try to time it with the time zone you’re entering, so that it not only makes the flight go faster but also helps your body adapt to the destination. You’ll arrive feeling more rested and slightly more human. Just make sure that when you do fall asleep, you aren’t too hot and you’ve had some water. If you wake feeling hot or thirsty in combination with the altitude and stuffiness of the plane, it can really knock you around.

Do you have any suggestions you could add? Share your tips below and best of luck on your next long-haul flight!

Adventurous Breaks For Travel Enthusiasts

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For many people, their ideal holiday is a warm beach somewhere, laying on a towel drinking cocktails. For an ever increasing amount of people though, a holiday of sand, sea and drinking isn’t what they want. They want adventure! Go past the window of your local travel shop, and you will mostly see the traditional sun and sand holidays, but usually if you pop in, they will cater to the more adventurous types.

 

Walking – A walking holiday is a great way to get in some fitness and keep active while also taking in some of the most gorgeous scenery in the world. The best way to do this is to do some planning in advance and work out how long it will take you to navigate your way through your chosen landscape. This way you can plan to take in certain towns and places of interest and also plan stops along the way to provide you with food and rest. Some of the best locations to investigate are in Romania. You can choose a hike that suits you and your skill. Some are full day walks where others are a few hours between destinations.

 

Canoeing/Kayaking – Canoeing and Kayaking can provide some of the most adventurous experiences you will ever find and also some of the most picturesque. There are many destinations around the world with varying levels of beauty and difficulty. For the beginner, I would recommend starting at home with a man made course or even try your hand out at the coast. Have a look at the best inflatable kayak reviews for 2015 to see what sort of equipment you should be investing in. Canoeing/Kayaking can be as intense or leisurely as you require and can be a great break for a family if planned correctly.

 

Safari – What better way to get back to nature than to take part in a safari. There are many versions available, from the entry level right up to five star-events. Imagine seeing Elephants, Rhino and other exotic creatures in their natural habitat. Better still, the money you pay to see the animals also helps to pay for their protection from poachers.

 

Tribes – Trying to get off the beaten track and explore new things is the aim here. There are still many tribes around the world who still for the most part live with minimal contact with the developed world. Some companies offer trips where you can get up close with the tribes and experience daily life from their perspectives. Try cooking, washing and food gathering and take a look at the world through their eyes.

 

Climbing – Our final suggestion for an adventurous break is to try your hand at climbing. There are many ways of getting some training before you depart. Many gyms offer simple climbing walls which will help you get a feel for it and if you are physically able to manage it. We would heavily recommend though that you take your time to do your research and involve a dedicated climbing holiday company. This ensures your safety and also so the correct training is given before you attempt to climb something natural. The benefits far outweigh the danger though. Imagine seeing the world from a place only a few have been!

 

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Top 3 Best Places to Visit in Australia

Australia is one country that is also considered as a continent. It has a huge land mass and varying topography so visiting this place will give you more than just water activities, sightseeing and wonderful cities. This country should be one of your top choices when you want to experience wildlife and outdoor adventure, amazing coral and marine life, and not to mention glorious cities with amazing architectural creations.

 

You have not visited Australia if you haven’t spent time traipsing the Great Barrier Reef. This place is humungous biodiversity site off the coast of Queensland. Considered to be the world’s largest coral reef, you can find hundreds of species of whales, dolphins, turtles, saltwater crocodiles, birds and more.

 

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The Sydney Harbor on the other hand is the most iconic destination in Australia. Here you can view the beautiful Sydney Opera House and the surrounding contemporary architecture of the city.

 

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For those who want something different, skiing in the Snowy Mountains is recommended. It is the highest peak in the country and you can find Alpine flowers blooming if you visit at the right time of the year!

 

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Australia’s rich topography provides a variety of climates and activities for both local and tourists visiting the different states. Depending on what you want to see and experience, you can find the best travel deals and packages to make the most of your visit to Australia.

 

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