That word stirs up infinite excitement for those of us living year round in the Northeast. Summer is a time meant for barbecues, ice cream trucks, and vacations. For some people, the thought of vacation is a daunting one. In an effort to support those who feel anxious about vacationing, we’ve developed the ChangeInc list of travel tips to serve as a guide to help ease any anxiety affiliated with traveling.
- Book Early. Whether you are purchasing airplane tickets or driving to your final destination, if you plan out your route and organize your paperwork accordingly, believe it or not, you’re halfway there! Depending on the destination, airlines and hotels may fill up quickly. To avoid missing out on your preferred lodging accommodations or travel times, book 3-4 months in advance and prepare, prepare, prepare!
- Have a Plan. If you’re into having an agenda, do it! Plan and document your daily activities, meals, and other events. If you’re not entirely sure what you want to do, jot down your ideas and formulate a plan as the time approaches. At least you’ll have ideas on pen and paper already.
- Make a List. Write down everything you will need for your time away. This really helps when you’re ready to pack. Categories may include:
- Clothing (hint: rolling your clothes up saves space in your luggage)
- Toiletries (hint: don’t forget the bug spray!)
- Prescription Medication (hint: pill boxes are great for storing jewelry too)
- Leisure activities (books, a deck of cards, crossword puzzles)
- Money and Identification cards
- Give Yourself Time. You’ve been so organized up to this point, don’t stop now! Give yourself enough time the day of travel. If you’re heading to the airport, remember that security lines are long. If you’re traveling by car, consider rush hour, road work, and other obstacles that might hinder forward motion. Check the local news and airlines before you leave the house to ensure a smooth ride.
- Have fun! This is supposed to be a time to refresh and rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul. Luxuriate in every moment.