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  • Relax while traveling with these tips

    2013-09-17

    There's no denying that travel is one of the best experiences you can have. Whether you're relaxing on a beach during a Caribbean travel trip or immersing yourself in a foreign culture on the streets of Europe, this time away from home can be just what you need to unwind. There are instances, however, when concerns can creep into your mind and have you worrying about things beyond your control, which could put a damper on a trip, according to Forbes.

    To push these distracting thoughts from your mind, you should take steps to eliminate these issues and focus on the amazing experience waiting at a destination. Here are three simple travel tips and tricks you can embrace to make life on the road easier:

    Entertain yourself
    A surefire way to lower your stress is to find some way to entertain yourself. During travel, this often consists of reading books, listening to music or playing games - especially when you are in an airport. Packing a few of your favorite gadgets, such as e-readers, tablets or smartphones, also provides you with some much needed peace of mind. Concerns about getting lost in a destination are not as troublesome when you have a phone with navigation capabilities, and fear of flying can dissipate if you're reading a book to take your mind off of the experience.

    Try train travel
    Travelers on the hunt for other ways to relieve stress may want to consider reaching a destination by train. These journeys tend to be more relaxing than flying, as there are fewer restrictions and a more comfortable, spacious setting. It is usually faster than driving because there is no threat of traffic, and instead of focusing on the road you can indulge in your own interests. As a bonus, taking the train from one destination to another during a U.S. or Europe travel trip allows you to check out the gorgeous scenery and landscapes that would have otherwise been missed.

    Pack light
    When in doubt, leave it out. For many savvy travelers, that is the go-to motto when it comes to packing. Stuffing a suitcase can leave you tired from carrying it around, stressed about complying with airline restrictions and moving slowly through a busy area. Instead of letting luggage drag you down, pack only the necessities and free your mind and body from excess worry. If something comes up and you need a new outfit or pair of shoes abroad, you have the perfect excuse to go shopping and pick up a unique souvenir.

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