How to Travel Without Stress

Three Methods:Planning Every DetailTraveling with MoneyGoing with the Flow

Traveling is usually considered to be a great activity filled with excitement and new experiences. But not all trips are for pleasure, and not all trips are stress free. There is a lot to think about before traveling, and several approaches to take. Whether you prefer to plan everything in advance, spend extra money, or just go with the flow, you can reduce the stress and anxiety that come with travel.

Method 1
Planning Every Detail

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    Allow extra time. Things go wrong during travel all the time. Allow yourself extra time to plan all the details of your trip. Whether it’s budgeting your expenses or going to the airport, allow yourself more than enough time to get things done. You’ll avoid a lot of stress if you know that you have made the necessary reservations and feel confident that you will always arrive on time.[1]
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    Make a budget. Check your bank account and decide how much money you are willing to spend on your trip. You may have to adjust your budget once you find out the true cost of everything, so it doesn’t hurt to give yourself a bit of extra money to spend. Once you have an estimate of what you’re working with, find out how much your transportation, accommodations, and food will cost. Explore many options so that you get the best prices!
    • Use travel websites to help you compare prices. For flights, car rentals, and hotels, try a website like[2] Compare options, and find what best fits your budget.
    • Vary your search for accommodations. Hotels are not the only option. If you’re willing to share a room, or just want something cheap, look for hostels in the area on websites like is another option for those who prefer to stay in a (stranger’s) home away from home. Like hotels, Airbnb prices and quality vary.[3] Also consider joining websites like You may be able to stay somewhere for free, often in exchange for letting someone stay with you.[4]
    • Reserve in advance. Make a reservation with your hotel or host a few weeks in advance. Rooms go quickly during peak travel times. Although it can be easy to find hostels on the day of your stay in certain areas, you’ll avoid the anxiety of not knowing where you’ll be sleeping if you make your reservation before arriving.
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    Acquire a credit card. Credit cards can significantly reduce any stress you have about losing cash or getting your debit card stolen. Unlike with debit cards, a credit card left in the wrong hands won't expose your actual bank account. Credit cards can also help you track how much money you are spending.
    • Consider a travel credit card. There are many credit cards that are meant for travelers. Many cards offer bonus travel miles that can be used at a later date, and some cards waive any foreign transaction fees. If you plan to travel internationally, a travel card may be your best option.[5]
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    Reserve activities in advance. You may not want to plan every single activity before you arrive, but you’ll probably save time and money if you reserve special events in advance. Concert tickets, shows, or entrances to popular venues should be reserved before arrival. That way you won’t have to worry about stretching your budget or spending extra time searching for tickets.[6]
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    Pack wisely. Avoid anxiety about not having what you need (or having too much) by packing appropriately. It’s usually easier to travel with fewer items so that moving your suitcase isn’t such a hassle. Check the weather before your go. Talk to the people you will be spending time with to see what clothes you’ll need. If you don’t know exactly what you’ll be doing, pack for both informal and formal occasions.[7]
    • Don't forget your passport. If you are traveling internationally, remember to bring your passport, visas, and any other important travel documents.
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    Bring a map or GPS. Travel often becomes stressful when you don’t know where you are or where you’re going. Make sure you have access to a map or GPS, especially if you are in charge of navigating.
    • Use your smartphone. Download an application that helps you get around. If you are in another country, consider purchasing mobile internet access. This will give you access to the apps while you’re on the go.
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    Create an emergency plan. Part of the stress of travel is that you may not be familiar with the best choices to make in an emergency. Plan for what you will need to do should things go wrong. Allow extra money in your budget in case you need to see a doctor or make an unforeseen purchase.
    • Check government warnings. Your government website has travel warnings for local and international locations. Check to see what kinds of political and environmental issues may affect you at the time of your travel.

Method 2
Traveling with Money

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    Save a lot of money. No matter how you travel, you will need some money to survive along they way. The more money you have, the easier things can be, especially when you don’t know your way around town. Do some research and find out how much it will cost you to afford the luxury of comfort, safety, and fun.[8]
    • Check prices for everything. Since you’ll be away from home, you want to get a sense of how much money you’ll need to pay for all your desires. Use travel websites like or for prices and reviews.[9] Look into the cost of first class flight tickets, nice hotels, good restaurants, travel insurance, leisure activities, and souvenirs.
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    Purchase insurance. Traveler’s insurance is generally not needed if you have other forms of insurance like life-insurance or insurance on your high valued possessions. If you are planning to travel with highly valuable goods or you are worried about getting sick, consider purchasing insurance.
    • Go directly to the insurance company. Avoid buying insurance from a travel booking agency. They sometimes work off commission and do not always have your best interest at heart. Instead, contact an insurance company through a website like, Ask them to explain exactly what is covered, the dates of your coverage, and any exceptions to the policy rules.[10]
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    Bring a credit card. Although you can use a debit card or cash when you travel, credit cards companies often have some added layers of safety. If your card is stolen, the credit card company will often cover the cost of anything you did not buy. Cash and money from debit card spending is much harder to get back.
    • Consider a travel card. There are credit cards designed especially for people who travel a lot. These cards offer a range of perks, from bonus miles to waived foreign transaction fees.[11]
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    Pack what you need. Make sure you pack necessary travel documents like and ID or passport. Pack any personal items that you may not be able to find at your destination. Don’t stress about packing to much or too little. You will probably be able to purchase things like clothes, electronics, and toiletries when you arrive.
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    Travel first class. Whether you travel by boat, bus, or plane, traveling first class provides extra comfort and accommodation. Sitting in a small space, particularly on a long trip, can cause unwanted physical and mental discomfort. Avoid stress by paying the extra money for a first class ticket. You will be much more comfortable if you have space to relax.
    • Consider flying business class. First class tickets can be quite expensive. On large airlines, business class is another option that provides comfort and high quality service.
    • Take taxis. Using taxis as your main form of transportation will help you avoid the stress of local public transportation.
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    Stay in a luxury hotel. Luxury hotels are not only pleasant, they often have extra services that make being away from home less stressful. Services include spas, entertainment centers, and more.
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    Enjoy yourself. No matter the reason for your travel, make time to do something that is fun for you. Go out to nice dinner, see a show, or hit the beach. Take as much time as you can to do things that are relaxing.

Method 3
Going with the Flow

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    Let others plan the trip. One way to avoid stress is to be uninvolved in planning and preparation. This works when you are traveling with a companion or a group of people. Let them make decisions about what to do, where to stay, and what to bring. Trust that everything will work out.
    • If you are on a business trip, for example, most logistics may have been planned for you. Avoid making any changes to the itinerary and simply focus on what you need to complete your job.
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    Be flexible. The difference between a 12-hour bus ride and a two-hour plane ride can be a lot in terms of comfort and price. Look at the options and just pick whatever works in the moment. See the positive in whatever choice is made and enjoy the new experience.[12]
    • Be safe. Many accommodation or transportation options may present themselves, but this doesn’t mean that they are all good options. Even if your plan is to go with the flow, make your safety a priority when you move forward on decisions.
    • For example, you may see that a flight is twice the price of an overnight bus and you’ve already spent money on a nice dinner. However, you’re worried that the bus is in poor condition and the roads are icy. In that case, it might be best to go with your gut and take the flight.
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    Be open to new things. No matter how far you travel, you will likely encounter new foods, people, cultures, and climates. Step out of your comfort zone and be accepting of the new experiences that come your way.
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    Expect bumps in the road and relax. Some trips go quite smoothly, while others are filled with cancelled flights and illness. Expect to have one or two challenges along the way. Make every effort to keep a level head and make smart decisions.[13]
    • Have access to emergency contacts. If you encounter an emergency, find a way to contact authorities or family members.

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