From planning your itinerary, to travelling thousands of miles and fitting everything you need in your suitcase - going on holiday can be pretty stressful.
Combat anything that comes your way and have a stress free holiday
So it's no surprise that many travellers struggle to de-stress and switch into holiday mode during the first day of their vacation.
According to research from Booking.com, 36% of globetrotters worry about things going wrong on the first day of their trip, while 14% said they don't stop worrying until they've had a sleep and what’s more, 5% say they never stop worrying at all while they're abroad!
Check out our top tips to help you enjoy your time off from the moment you touch down below.
don't leave everything until the airport
Things like booking your travel insurance as soon as you have booked your holiday, or changing up your money before you get to the airport mean there's one less thing to think about on the day of travel.
Make sure you keep all your documents in one place with a passport holder so you're not scrambling around with sheets of paper at the check in desk. Or, to avoid any unexpected and extra costs, weigh your luggage before you head off with these luggage scales.
Apps can make exploring a new country less stressful, be it a travel app, language translator, money converter or a health app. Smartertravel.com offers an ultimate downloadable packing checklist to make sure you don't forget must-haves like adaptors and toothbrushes.
Duolingo is great for brushing up on the local language before you fly, then use App in the Air before and during your flight to check accurate departure times and monitor how far you are from your destination once you're off ground using the digital map. Once you touch down, Citymapper offers a brilliant, interactive map of most cities around the world, helping you get from A to B whether you're on foot, in a car or using public transport; much speedier than pulling out the gigantic paper map - and much more discreet, too!
Throw these handy extras in your case to save space and keep your stress levels to a minimum:
- An empty pillowcase for dirty laundry
- Plastic bags for carrying wet swimsuits
- A lightweight towel to save space
- A plastic folder for your travel documents
- An old glasses case to store earbuds and cords
- Travel minis, like toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner and mouthwash
You could also invest in a bright and colourful luggage strap which will help you identify your case.
roll, don't fold
Lightweight fabric suitcases are great as they use up less weight from your baggage allowance and have a bit of 'give' so you can fit more in. Lay everything out before you start and tick it off your list. Pack awkward items first, with heavier items closer to the wheels, so you can see where the space is.
If you're running out of room in your case, try rolling up your folded clothes, and make use of the space in your shoes by filling it with underwear and toiletries.
BE SAVVY IN THE AIRPORT QUEUE
No one likes waiting in queues, but these are part and parcel of travelling.
The majority of travellers are right-handed so head to the furthest left counter from the entrance. Fewer people choose that line as people gravitate to right-hand counters to match their dominant writing hand. Soon you’ll be the first to make it through to baggage claim securing a handy front row spot.
SNACK TO KEEP YOUR ENERGY UP
"Keeping your gut happy reduces fatigue after a long journey," says Sloane.
"A small protein snack can keep your energy levels roaring long enough to get you to your accommodation without feeling tired. When eating, focus your mind on the food, taste, texture and feel."
These Trek Cocoa Coconut Protein Flapjacks should keep your hunger at bay or you could also keep a bag of mixed nuts on you. And, if you really want to satisfy your cravings, take a look at our food to go range, which includes meal boxes like our sushi snack selection.
Theme Tune Therapy
Unpack while dancing around to uplifting music. Sloan says: "Let go of your ego, break any unhelpful patterns of taking things too seriously and rid yourself of negativity. You will be organised in no time and surrounded by your own possessions, which one in 10 travellers say helps shifts them to holiday mode quicker."