Have you ever heard the expression “I need a vacation from my vacation”? Unfortunately we can look forward to our holidays all year, and then end up feeling stressed out and anxious while we’re actually traveling.
You probably don’t want to feel this way the next time you’re on vacation, so here are some tips so you can make your next trip less stressful and more fun:


Work out a budget

While spending money is certainly fun while you’re on vacation, there’s nothing worse than getting home and realising you’ve maxed out your credit cards or can’t pay your rent. While making a budget isn’t fun, knowing that you’ve worked out how much you can spend each day will make it easier to plan activities without that sinking feeling in your stomach as you work out how much you’ve spent so far.

Take less stuff

Traveling carryon is one of the best ways you can cut down on the stress while you’re traveling. Many people are intimidated by the idea of traveling carryon until they do it once and swear that they’ll never go back. Keep in mind that pretty much anything you need can be found overseas (usually for cheaper), and it’ll be worth it when you walk off the plane and straight into a cab at the other end, without having to wait at the luggage carousel with a bunch of other jet-lagged passengers.

There are a bunch of articles and videos online which can teach you how to make the most of your carryon space, so give it a try and you’ll notice how much less stressed you are when it’s time to leave the hotel, you’ve woken up late, and still need to pack.

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Take travel insurance

The peace of mind which comes with purchasing travel insurance can’t be overstated. Simply knowing that if a volcano erupts and you’re stuck in an airport (something which happens with surprising regularity), you get injured while hiking, or your bags never arrive, you’re completely covered will mean far less stress throughout your holiday.

Get the best rates when transferring money

Often when we visit friends overseas we’ll wait until the last minute before realising that we still need to transfer money. Transferring money at the bank can be expensive, while the airport is the worst possible option. Consider transferring money internationally, and have your money all sorted before you even arrive.

Stay healthy

There’s nothing worse (and more stressful) than getting sick abroad. In the weeks leading up to the trip you should focus on exercising, eating well, and getting enough sleep. Research your destination and be sure to leave enough time for you to get your vaccinations before you fly. If you’ll be in the tropics you may need to start anti-malaria pills around a week before you leave, and be sure to take plenty of mosquito repellent to prevent insect bites and the risk of dengue fever.