Holiday stress will result from many different factors, but you can take control. Round up the familiar
reasons that keep surfacing, work out some solutions and sit back to enjoy your holiday with the frame that it will turn out much better after some planning.
Travelling with Parents or In-Laws
Many of us face this dilemma; we want to be filial and bring our mums and dads or in-laws on holiday but the prospect of them handling us as children make us want to think otherwise.
Solution: Communicate ahead of the trip some ground rules. If you are not footing all bills, make it clear from beginning which ones you are and which ones not. Involve them in the planning of itineraries to accommodate the different interests and preferences. This will help ensure
there be no squabbles later. Include alone times with your spouse and let the parents do their own activity.
No space in the overhead luggage compartment
If we end up with extra pieces of luggage from fruitful shopping sprees during the trip – certainly a common occurrence – be sure to keep to onboard limit both in terms of weight as well as number of pieces, especially if travelling on budget flights.
Get into the queue to board early for a better chance to obtain overhead bin compartment space above your seat. Stay eagle-eyed and look out for overhead bin spaces, never mind that they may be away from your seat; you can always retrieve them when alighting. Another way is to get the crew to help gate-check your bags on the plane. Rest assured that they will follow you back to your destination.
Cab rides in unfamiliar places
When travelling in taxies overseas we often have the nagging feeling that the driver is taking us for a long ride with the intention to overcharge. Put your mind at ease with prior research of the route; you could also ask the hotel front desk for a rough estimate of travel time and fare. Or, make use of maps in your smartphones to ascertain you are not taken for a ride.
With today’s terrorism rife, many airports are tightening security. The anxiety of slow security clearance and long waits causing you to be late for your flight is, therefore, not totally unfounded. To circumvent this, arrive early for check-in – at least one and a half hours before your flight schedule. Find out how much gate screening time you need with TSA (Transportation Security Administration) at tsa.gov or with GateGuru (gateguru.com). Do not worry about ending up with spare time after the check-in. There is always shopping to indulge in, or just window-shopping, or web surfing or how about just doing nothing for some minutes? We Singaporeans need to learn to relax and not feel we have to fill our every second with an activity!
Suffer from diarrhoea or vomiting during trips? Get enough rest before and during the trip, drink plenty of water and eat well. Keep your hands clean by using antibacterial washes. Local delights are always enticing but be sure they are prepared under hygienic conditions before we consume them.
When travelling, we often click away vigorously and before you know it we would have accumulated thousands of photos. But one wrong click, and we can lose them all just as easily too!
To prevent that nightmare, get organised with a good social media service. Uploading your photos at the end of each day is a good habit. For example you can upload your pictures to Facebook or Instagram just before you go to bed. If travelling to places with limited internet access, be
sure to have extra memory cards for your digital camera. Remove the card each night and insert a new card for the following day. Store the cards separately from your camera.
The sound of a screaming child especially for a long time on end would be stressful for anyone. If you are an outgoing person who doesn’t mind kids, you could offer some help to the parent with the hollering kid. If you are not one for babysitting stranger kids, consider cancelling out the
noise with ear plugs or headphones. Relax with some nice thoughts such as visions of your holiday destinations.
The chances of losing your way are high in a foreign land. Make sure you know how to say your destination in the local language or at least write it down in a card so that you can show it to the locals. Also ascertain your phone has updated maps of your destination, or carry along a map. Even if
you are really lost, fret not as you can take the chance to embark on some sightseeing particularly if you have time.
Forgetting to pack stuff
Do you over-pack or do you forget essentials? Maybe you do both! One way to make sure you have everything you need in your bag is to brainstorm with travelling partners on the list of things to bring. The list may comprise swimming suits, medication, toiletries, passports and so on. To cut down on the clothing to pack with you, plan on using the hotel laundry service to create a supply of fresh clothings throughout the trip