Don’t be a stressor for others. Seems commonsensical but you could be oblivious to the fact that maybe you stress someone out. And their energies in return bring around the negative vibes in you. It’s okay. It happens. The important thing is to recognize this and address it. Maybe you are too hyper in your mannerisms, maybe you slow down the group on a hike that can upset others.
Do find your flow. This is important. Whether traveling alone or with others, find place for your own time. This could mean waking up early for some meditation or retiring early to give yourself some reading or work time. Whatever that is, only you know yourself well enough to figure this out and make it a priority.
Be mindful of others. Sometimes plans don’t work to your liking if you are traveling in a group. Maybe you are traveling alone and the one-day you decided to visit the local gardens they happened to shut down for a private event. Be willing to compromise and have a plan B if things don’t work per your schedule. Is there somewhere else you can visit, is there time for you to take a break, is there time to quickly make a call home to chat with family?
Food, fun and other fine details. If you have allergies or specific dietary requirements, make it your business to care about your body. Your entire group does not have to veto an experience because of your restrictions. Luckily I have no restrictions except pork and related products, but that doesn’t have me stopping others if they’d like to enjoy. If listening to music in a jazz club is not your idea of a fun activity then choose something you’d like to explore and stick with that irrespective of your travel partner’s choices. Bottom line – if there are finer details you care about then be clear about it from the start so you don’t have to be stressed about it midway through travel.
With Thanksgiving holidays this month and Christmas next month, many are planning holiday travels and so am I. Hope these pointers help you stay stress-free and keep things in perspective during the crazy travel season that will descend upon us soon. And if you have any de-stressors, I am all ears! Leave me a comment below :)