Holiday Season
Managing Holiday Travel Stress

Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho! Off to the airport you go!

Or…

Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho! Pack up your car so you can go!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and the next couple of weeks will fly by so start preparing for any travel now.

Just the thought of going to the airport or loading up your car so you can travel on the roads during the busiest time of year, can create or
increase anxiety. Here are a few hints that can help decrease stress and increase the chances of having a more enjoyable travel experience.

1. Prior to packing, either have a list of the things you want and need to bring or put then in a pile or stack somewhere so when you are ready to
pack, it is just a matter of putting your things in a suitcase or travel bag.

It can be frustrating when you spend a great deal of time planning your travels, only to arrive in North Dakota without your jacket, or you have
forgotten your glasses, or better yet the gifts you have spent time shopping for (after you made a budget ) and wrapping are sitting at home on the
kitchen counter.

2. Whether you are driving (or going by bus or train) or flying, two of the most helpful hints are to leave extra above and beyond time to prepare
for you departure. In addition, leave extra time for traveling to your departure destination. If your schedule allows it, try to plan (for those of you
driving) for traffic. It is not much fun to miss the holidays because you are sitting on I-75 in a traffic jam.

3. This one will be the most difficult… Be Patient. If you plan on a little frustration, aggravation, and traffic when and if it happens, you will be
prepared for it.

Try and enjoy the traveling process during the holidays, make it part of
the adventure and remember the most famous question in traveling…

Are we there yet? Safe travels!


Lisa Beilman is an Orlando Counselor who practices No Judgement Counseling and specializes in stress managementconflict resolutionFacebook counselingcouples counselingelder counselingfamily counseling and career counseling.

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