Limiting The Annoying Parts Of A Travel Lifestyle
When you love travelling, nothing could be more fun, exciting, redeeming, and educational. They say it’s impossible to be bigoted against other cultures if you have a deep, true love for food or music, and especially both – but it’s certain that if you add travelling to the mix, minds are most definitely broadened because as the philosopher Seneca put it –
Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.”
That said, travel is not always a complete joy and bliss from start to finish. We’ve all suffered from the frustration of a cancelled flight or lost luggage. We’ve all made mistakes with timetables, and misplaced tickets. And we’ve all been at the receiving end of an overworked service representative – where customer service went out the window when tiredness and frustration came in through the door.
Photo by Elesban Landero Berriozábal
Yet it’s true that on the whole, these things won’t really dampen our experience provided they don’t deter us from having it. However, thinking about this provides us the chance of undergoing a thought experiment – what if we could limit the annoying parts of a travel lifestyle? What could we have control over? Would it make a big difference? What might be worth spending on so that the travel experience is improved in ways we might not think of? Let’s consider that for a moment:
How to Limit The Annoying Parts Of A Travel Lifestyle #1
The Comfort of Transport
Many of us see transportation as something that we just need to deal with if we hope to get anywhere. Of course, this is true – not all of your car journeys or plane rides are going to be transcendental experiences.
Photo by Norbert Braun
But it’s worth planning so that the time you spend in transit is at least comfortable. Opting for last-minute transport deals to bump up a class, bringing a travel pillow with you, investing in memory-foam ear plugs for when someone’s snoring behind you, and finding alternative modes of transport, might be the small changes that can make the big difference to your comfort, experience and mental health.
For example did you know that you can reach Venice by train, bus or indeed boat (the later is available if you fly into Marco Polo Venice Airport). So you can reach your destination in the most comfortable way to suit you.
How to Limit The Annoying Parts Of A Travel Lifestyle #2
The Logistics of Managing Your Belongings
It’d be nice if we could just have all of the stuff we need to travel well provided to us, just like hotels provide us with linens and towels. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen very often, if ever!
Photo by Harpreet Singh Grewal
This is why it’s good to manage your belongings carefully. For example if you don’t have a garage or suitable shed you can click here to see storage units near you, which can be ideal for the bulky camping gear you nearly fell down two flights of stairs trying to retrieve from the attic this year.
Or another example could be investing in a trailer or top box so you and your family can avoid sharing their seats with a stack of suitcases during road trips. All these changes, some of which can also be considered as investments, make a difference to both the security of your property but also for your peace of mind and comfort.
Further Reading: Travel Toiletries – No Packing Faux Pas with these Packing Hacks!
How to Limit The Annoying Parts Of A Travel Lifestyle #3
The Assurance of Safety
Safety is of course essential when we’re on our travels, because there’s nothing more dangerous than this big, strange, unpredictable world around us. Location tracking apps for your family, GPS apps like What3Words, investing in the correct medical insurance, using online reviews to gauge the accessibility of given areas and contacting the tour guides, as well as making certain you remain aware and capable during your travels and never taking anything for granted – is key.
Photo by Sid Suratia
Sure, keeping up on all this sounds annoying. But having a cohesive plan with your family can prevent an annoyance from becoming a worry. For property safety, a fake wallet, a travel safe, and an emergency cash card can be invaluable.
Of course we all have different levels of annoyance. What bothers Peter, might not bother Paul but we’re certain you’ll limit the annoying parts of a travel lifestyle if you take on board some of the travel tips suggested.
What other travel tips would you recommend?
PIN: 3 Annoying Parts Of A Travel Lifestyle & How to Limit Them