Top 4 Ways to Reduce Stress While Traveling

No matter where you are traveling, there is always a lot of planning that is associated so you will be prepared, especially if you have other commitments that you have to take care of at home. Hopefully these tips will guide you in the right direction towards stress-free travel!

1. Open Mind

When traveling, it is essential to keep an open mind and be flexible when things do not always go as planned. Maybe the train is running late or it rains and your tour gets cancelled. Whatever the case, if you accept that things will go wrong you will relieve some of that stress and may even find that you discover something new that you may not have come across if everything went as planned.

Stress-Free Travel

2. Make Lists

We all hate that feeling of thinking we forgot to pack something. Make packing lists ahead of time so you can write down things you need to bring as you think of them. This works great if you keep the list in an app or somewhere on your phone so you can easily access it no matter where you are. I use Evernote for my list-making, and I even have the app on my computer and iPad so I can access it from other locations as well.


3. Know Your Apps

With that said, knowing what apps are out there can make your traveling experience a whole lot more stress-free. There are apps for just about anything, and sometimes it is only a matter of finding them. For example, a translator app and a currency converter may both be good to have when traveling to a foreign country. I also use Gate Guru to check the status of my flights and Yelp or Trip Advisor are always helpful when deciding where to eat or what attractions to see. One app that has been a lifesaver is CityMaps2Go. This app allows you to download maps of different cities that you will be visiting so you can access them without Internet. This app will occasionally offer a free download, so keep an eye out for that as well. Travel prepared by keeping your phone stocked up on important travel apps!


4. Keep Your Home Secure

While we would all like to take that adventure somewhere and “leave all our worries behind,” sometimes it is inevitable that we are going to be thinking about what is going on at home. Using dropcam can ease these concerns. It is an affordable way to monitor your home while you are not there, so you really can leave your worries behind!


Did I forget anything you feel is crucial to stress-free travel? Let me know in the comments!


30 thoughts on “Top 4 Ways to Reduce Stress While Traveling

    • Thanks Sammy! Thankfully I realized early on to go with the flow when things don’t go as planned, but unfortunately some people don’t realize that until much later. It really makes for a much better experience having that mindset!

  1. Love #3! I’m used to having data in my country and when I travel abroad I HATE not having it and not being able to use google maps, etc. Citymaps2go sounds like such a useful app, I’ll have to look into it! Thanks so much for this 🙂

  2. I’ve read about Dropcam a lot in recent weeks, but I’ve never really tried it. I agree with all the other points though. Especially having an open mind and just rolling with things when times get tough. Thanks for linking up to the #SundayTraveler!

  3. I agree that an open mind is the most important one of all!! I travel with my boyfriend and he freaks out when something doesn’t go right, and he doesn’t like playing things by ear (the opposite of me). And that in turn stresses me out, haha!

    • It sure can be frustrating when plans get messed up, but sometimes the best part of a trip can happen because of something not going right! It is great though that you and your boyfriend are able to travel together despite the differences 🙂

  4. Great tips! I love Evernote and am trying to utilize it more. Remembering that things very likely will not go as planned at some point is one of my big ones. I’ve had to learn to adjust and adapt the hard (but good) way. Thanks! #SundayTraveler

  5. Great tips for a stress-free travel. Also good list of apps. I’ve already use many of them you’ve mentioned. Although, travel planning can be stressful at times, when the day of adventure come, I only check that I have my passport and money with me.

  6. Great app recommendations! And I agree with your #1, keeping an open mind is definitely the most important thing for stress-free travel!

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