Alleviating Travel Stress
The ideal 4th of July getaway would be completely carefree, but the reality is that most (if not all) Independence Day travelers bring some amount of stress along on their journey. Here are some ways to alleviate the stress associated with long weekend travel.
Make lists. There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to travel. Make a list of essentials in each category: travel planning, family/friends coordination, packing and finances. Work down your checklist and cross things off as they're taken care of. This will help you feel in control.
Prepare for the next work week. While days off work are great and crucial for our mental health, taking time away from your desk can make you feel like you're bound to fall behind. When you take care of loose ends ahead of time and create a punch list for your return to the office, it's a bit easier to leave work stress at work.
Take advantage of found time. Travel days are hectic. Find little moments for things you enjoy - whether that's reading a book while eating at the airport, listening to a podcast while you wait in line to board, or catching up on some Zs during your flight.
Practice mindfulness. One of the keys to a successful vacation is the ability to live in the moment, rather than worrying about what's waiting for you at home. Here are some tips to embrace the here and now.