So, April is Stress Awareness Month. Did you know that? You didn’t? Don’t stress!
It is also happens to be primo-weather to get away for a bit, whether it be near or far.
I recently came back from a 2 week long journey through Ecuador and Peru with my other half, it was our first time traveling abroad together. Needless to say it was a difficult adjustment at first, but we had an amazing time!
- Take it day by day.
After booking the essentials – airfare, place to stay, airport transfer, don’t stress to much about over planning or overbooking your days in your vacation destination. If you relax and explore, great things will come your way and you may even meet hotel staff, experienced travelers or locals who will help you with great things to see and do (often at great or no cost). It will make for a much less stressful experience and help you learn new things about your destination and about yourself.
- Leave your pet with a trusted family member or friend.
Yes, cats/birds/reptiles can be checked on and fed every day or two, but for more social animals like dogs and small animals it is best to actually have them stay with someone. It will make you feel better and worry less, and your pet will be less stressed and not lonely. I have a rabbit and left him with my mom, and he was the happiest little thing ever! If I had a cat, I would keep up with his or her evil antics via live stream (DropCam is a cool option)
- Team up.
Travel with your partner or friends, especially to a region that is new to you or there is a large language or cultural gap. Safety is in numbers, and as a woman I always have felt more comfortable to explore with company.
That’s is for now, and I am happy to hear your tips too!