It’s supposed to be your vacation – which means happy times and smiles, right? Not always. I think we’d be lying to ourselves if we said there wasn’t a single moment we felt frustrated or lost our temper while in paradise – and there’s often a few reasons to – from late trains to long lines to missed flights. The good news is, the more you practice, the easier it is to remain calm in stressful situations, especially while travelling. So whether your next getaway is with your partner, your parent or your trip, heed this advice for controlling your temper…
Take your time
Rushing and being late is never a happy situation. If you’re a late or last minute person in general, you probably learned this a long time ago – but it’s always better to be early. Don’t leave yourself the minimum time to get somewhere, because you simply can’t control traffic or the fact that maybe one of the ticket kiosks is down. On my last trip to Panama, my boyfriend and I were sprinting through the airport and while it made for laughs afterward, there was a moment in the Toronto airport when we were certain we were about to miss our flight and I could feel my face turning red. In the end, we made it, but I can’t say I’ll be booking flights with minimal connections anytime soon.
Bring snacks and eat often
I’ll be the first to admit it: when I’m hungry, I quickly become hangry. I’ve known this since I was a young kid crying in the Puerto Vallarta airport because I was apparently so hungry (I was probably just a spoiled kid, I know). Over the years I’ve managed to improve on this, if not only because I make sure I eat an adequate amount and do my research ahead of time. When I go on a trip, I like to tag restaurants with Tripcipe so that if I’m in any given area, I know a restaurant nearby that I’m interested in eating at. This prevents crappy meals at crappy restaurants when you just have to get some food in your stomach. Carrying around a granola bar or small snack helps too and is good when you have no other option.
The number one reason fights on vacation happen is due to lack of communication. Picture this: You have one day left, and you are itching to get to that world-renowned market. Little did you know your friend has a museum in mind, and refuses to go anywhere alone. This is where communicating about your trip prior to even booking is crucial. You shouldn’t travel with someone who wants to party every night if you’re more interested in getting up early and heading out on day-long excursions. Before your trip, sit down with your travel buddy to discuss what both of you want to do to ensure you’re on the same wave length and that you can fit it all in. While on your trip, communicate if you’re hungry before you’re starving and don’t be afraid to ask for a break if your feet hurt from walking.
Plan Ahead, But don’t blame yourself if something goes wrong
If you haven’t caught on yet: I love planning. And why shouldn’t I? It prevents those moments when you walk up to a museum only to find out it’s closed, and you’ve travel 30 minutes to get to it. It prevents saving a restaurant to the last day of your trip only to realize they are closed on Mondays. With that being said, you can’t blame yourself if you get some detail or aspect wrong. Maybe the website said that attraction would be open a certain day, but it hasn’t been updated in some time. In the end, of course, travel is all about having the right attitude and being able to roll with the punches.
…Which brings me to my last tip. At the risk of sounding preachy, if you are travelling at all, you ought to be thankful you have the opportunity to do so. There is a myth floating around the travel blogger world that anyone can travel but that simply isn’t the case. Be happy you have the funds and vacation time off work to be able to hop on a plane – and what’s more, be grateful that you live in a country where visas may not be necessary or are easy to obtain. Happy travels!