Tips to stay happy and relaxed whilst travelling this holiday season
With the holiday season just ahead of us, no doubt you’re counting down the days to that eagerly awaited vacation (as most of us are). But this is also that time of the year when travelling becomes more chaotic and more stressful, with busy airports, long lines and unexpected changes. So we’ve put together a few tips to help make your travels less overwhelming.
If you’re travelling by plane during this busy season, keep in mind that flight delays are more common at this time of the year. Keep an eye on your flight status closer to the departure date to avoid surprises with last-minute changes. Top tip: where possible buy a flexible pass, this gives you options in case of cancellations or delays and so you don’t miss out on that long-awaited holiday. Flexible tickets also allow you to change your flights ahead of time if needed.
A week or so before you leave, make sure you check that you have all the relevant entry documents. Double-checking any visa requirements and travel restrictions from your country or the destination are critical in a post covid world.
Travel insurance is more essential than ever. If you're preparing your next Surf Getaway, you will know that having travel insurance is mandatory on all our tours. We recommend that wherever you travel, no matter the purpose of your trip, you have suitable insurance with maximum coverage. You never know how things will go, so being prepared is better than being sorry. Enjoy your holiday and stay relaxed knowing that a good emergency service has your back in case of unforeseen circumstances.
If you travel solo, we recommend you check which attractions, restaurants and activities you want to see and do during your stay. Planning activities on the go can be fun but exhausting, especially on short trips. Booking an organised tour that fits your expectations is a great solution, letting them do the hard work for you. One of the reasons why women choose Surf Getaways is because we alleviate the stress associated with planning, researching and booking a holiday. We offer the best local knowledge and a 360º experience on all our tours, so you only have to show up, relax and enjoy. From the moment you arrive at your destination, there's nothing to worry about with us.
Make sure you choose your flights wisely. An itinerary with the least layovers (love a direct flight), landing at the nearest airport and flying at the optimal time and date will help you to avoid last-minute issues as much as possible. It might pay to consult with a travel agent to clear your doubts and maybe even delegate the whole travel organisation to the experts. From our travel experience, working with a trusted travel agent helps to stay clear of a possible mess during flight time. Top tip: Did you know that if you’re a VIP Member you can book an appointment with our travel agent from the comfort of your own home?
Pack light, if possible, and try to fit all your luggage into a carry-on bag. A simple yet effective rule is to lay out everything you plan to take on your trip and then pack only half of it. If for example you are travelling with a surfboard and need to check in a bag, make sure you have it packed carefully, appropriately marked and locked up to keep it from being opened.
And most importantly, from the moment you leave home and you’re on the way to the airport, leave all your worries behind and get into that well-deserved holiday mood. A positive and relaxed mindset will allow you to make the most out of your holiday, helping you handle any stressful and chaotic situations that might arise. Mindfulness, being in the present and not stressing over things out of your control will make the travelling experience more bearable and enjoyable.
We hope these tips will help you make the most of your vacation and have a relaxing and positive experience. And if you ever get overwhelmed when planning your next adventure, check out our surf getaways in Australia and around the world. With everything taken care of, the only thing you need to worry about is having the best time of your life!