For the first time in quite some time, I am lucky enough to be getting a week off and am heading to New York with my mum and my sister to visit my nephew. This, you would imagine, would be a really positive thing. A chance to unwind, recharge the batterries and de-stress.
Unfortunately, as much as I absolutely love to travel and treasure the opportunity to visit other countries and cultures, I tend to find the whole 'travel' bit of travelling really stressful. Especially catching a plane, checking in on time, following a schedule, worrying if I have gone over my baggage allowance, trying to remember if I have packed everything I need, searching the house four times to find my passport, checking my travel confimation email 14 times to ensure I have my check-in times right… you get the picture!
Now I know I'm not alone in this, but what can we do? I can't exactly carry a burning lavender Yankee Candle with me to the airport to keep me calm and collected, as much as I would like to. So what do I do? And more importantly, what do you do?
For me it is the period just before travelling that I find stressful. I am fine when I am at my destination, but the anticipation and anxiety that builds up just before I depart is exhausting, meaning I usually arrive at my destination requiring a full day of rest just to recover!
If anyone has found any useful ways of taking the stress out of travel, I would love to hear from you. Any little tricks you have or products that are your travel 'must-haves' then let me know as I have two weeks before I leave and can already feel that tightness in my chest and that pounding in my head which usually preceeds any attempt to move anywhere that is further than 5 miles from my home! (I kid you not.)
Generally I am not a stressful or anxious type of person, it only raises its ugly head when I have to travel anywhere, so if you can help I would be really grateful. I look forward to hearing from you all.
In the meantime I will keep drinking my camomile tea and thinking happy thoughts…