Holiday travel, especially with children, can be stressful. There are a variety of ways to reduce this stress level for everyone involved, including yourself. Believe it or not, it is actually possible to reduce anxiety during a holiday travel trip just by being aware of the changes that may occur in you family’s travel experience. If you are aware of these influences, you will be able to reduce anxiety and stress for everyone.
The following are some of the travel tips you can follow to reduce your stress level when traveling to Europe during the holiday season.
This one should be obvious, but just avoid situations that will trigger stress. Adults, and parents especially, we tend to stress out during the holiday season. This is often due to the rush of things to do, thoughts about how to make the trip go quickly, concerns over children and other worries.
So, to avoid situations that will increase your stress level Let’s eliminate the things that cause stress for the sake of everyone. This will leave only the essential thoughts such as how much fun you are having spending quality time with your family in Europe.
Avoid sudden changes that could put you (not to mention the other members of your family traveling with you) in a bad mood. Children and adults change in both directions. It’s best to not make sudden decisions on the way to the airport, because most people think of going to the airport as very time-sensitive and thus not ideal for last-minute changes.
Once you arrive at the airport, take a deep breath and begin to enjoy the adjustment. If you can, bring something from home. Chocolate is a great choice, and your spouse and children will love it.
Whether you’re traveling by car or plane, don’t forget to bring toys and activities for time spent traveling. Pack toys and activities into carry-on luggage if possible. (Even though you will not be able to sample the various toy colors, you can get the children involved in the decision making process, encouraging them to choose a toy or item that they especially like.)
Once you arrive at the hotel, your days are typically a host to a variety of enjoyable activities. You can explore the museum, check out a gallery or museum, play in the pool, attend a class, or find that special item at the local boutique.
Create a morning routine. If you have children who may be sleeping, you’ll want to create a morning routine that keeps everyone awake. Often it is easy to sneak naps in during the day, but if you can’t sleep, what can you do to help?
Try to maintain as much activity as you would outside of the house (watching TV, reading, talking on the phone, etc.). Once you can go to sleep, Begin watching that show or movie that you have been meaning to watch. Do this as soon as possible. Kiss your chin and go to sleep…this will help.
In general, just take it easy, especially with regards to other holiday-related to-do items. For example don’t do the Christmas shopping right before Christmas. Doing so will lead nowhere. Make your big purchases after New Year’s to put less stress on yourself, especially during this time of so much traveling. The more important the purchase is, the earlier you can do it.
Travelling is not supposed to be a stressful experience at all, and even more so travelling for the holidays. Follow these tips above to make sure you and your family have the absolutely best stress-free trip you’ve ever had!