Summer: A Season of Wanderlust
It seems we often live at a frenetic pace, rushing from work to home and everywhere in between. Deadlines and responsibilities are ever looming.
Yet, there is often a light at the end of the tunnel: the summer vacation. How many of us maintain our fast-paced schedules while keeping our eye on the calendar for our chance to slip away and recharge?
While some may dream of staying close to home and catching up on sleep and family time, others are bitten by the travel bug and long to explore new (and sometimes faraway) places. For those of us who may be planning trips across the
country or further abroad, here are a few tips to help things go smoothly:
• Pack wisely!
Resist the urge to pack everything you own! Take the time to review your itinerary and realistically consider the clothing you will need. Packing light makes travel easier in this era of baggage fees and restrictions.
Also, remember the rules regarding carry-on luggage and liquid items. Current TSA guidelines limit liquids and gels to travel-size toiletries of 3.4 ounces or less which must fit into one (1) quart-size, clear plastic zip-top bag.
In addition, this plastic bag should be kept accessible as it will need to be placed in the screening bin when you go through airport security. Any liquids or gels larger than 3.4 ounces are to be placed in your checked baggage. Don’t be tempted to bend this rule…items will be confiscated if detected.
• Check flight info before leaving for the airport!
You’re excited about your trip and eager to get the show on the road. You arrive at the airport ahead of time as per airline instructions only to discover that your flight is delayed (or worse yet, cancelled).
Unfortunately, many of us have experienced some version of this scenario and it can really affect your vacation vibe. It is best to call the airline before leaving in order to check on delays and changes.
This is especially true during the summer months which involve the dreaded hurricane season! Be aware of the weather in your destination city/country and monitor changes so you will be in-the-know regarding likely travel implications.
• Be organized!
Be sure to check travel documents ahead of time, especially your passport, to make sure everything is current and in order.
Consider purchasing a passport and travel document organizer to help keep everything organized and handy (check out the Apadi version, linked below, which can also double as a clutch!).
Travel experts advise that you make two copies of the documents (i.e. passport ID page, health insurance card) and credit cards you will be traveling with: one set to carry with you and one to leave at home with someone you trust and will be able to reach in case you need to retrieve information related to these items if lost or stolen.
Another option is to take photos of these items with your phone and save them so they will be accessible later, if needed. Also, while it may seem convenient, avoid having one person in the family or group carry all travel documents as this may put everyone’s documents at risk in the event of theft or accidental loss.
Finally, be aware of your belongings after passing through security screening and be sure to retrieve everything that was placed in bins. With all of the hustle and bustle of this area, it is remarkably easy to leave things behind.
•Have fun, get inspired and make memories!
Often, getting to your destination can be stressful and tiring. Try to be as prepared and organized as possible, and
then go with the flow.
Accepting that you cannot control everything often helps relieve some of the tension. Once you have arrived and gotten settled, let the fun begin!
Leave work and worries behind and get on with the business of recharging your battery and enjoying your time away. If you have planned an especially busy or hectic itinerary, keep expectations realistic so as to avoid disappointments…or exhaustion (especially if traveling with young children).
Take time to really see the sights and appreciate new experiences. Make notes and record your thoughts and impressions in a travel journal (Moleskine Voyageur Traveler’s Notebook, linked below, might be just what you’re looking for) which can capture your trip and memories forever!
As one wise (and anonymous) traveler once said, “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” Take this time to do whatever it is that brings you joy and fulfillment: relax, rejuvenate, do nothing or fit in as much as you can! In the end, it will create a more relaxed and healthier you.
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