Travelling is of course amazing and very exciting. But sometimes it can also increase your anxiety levels and make you feel on edge. It is very important to take time for ‘self care’ when you are travelling to make sure you are keeping relaxed and are able to enjoy your holiday to the fullest! Here are some tips for practicing self care when you are travelling:
- Schedule time for relaxing
- Buy yourself a treat before taking off
- Find a gym or sports class you can partake in
- Dine in a restaurant of your favourite cuisine
- Meet new people or contact your friends from home
Schedule time for relaxing
I think everyone knows how important it is to relax when you are holiday. This can mean different things to anyone. For me personally this is about having time to ‘do nothing’. Have some time to potter about my hotel rooms, take a bath, watch some tv in my pyjamas and those kind of things.
For others this might mean visiting a spa or going shopping. Try to work out for yourself what makes you relax and schedule time to do this on your travels. If you keep running from place to place you might find yourself with increased anxiety levels.
Buy something for yourself on your travels
Buying something for yourself when you are travelling is a great way to practice self care. And remember this doesn’t necessarily have to be material! You can spend some money on buying yourself an experience on your holiday, maybe you have always wanted to go snorkelling: now is the time!
If you like shopping then find something special on your travels to take home. This can be a souvenir like a key ring or bottle opener, or a proper treat like diamonds from a jewellery store like F Hinds. Whatever you end up purchasing, make sure it is something that reminds you of the wonderful memories of this trip!
Find a gym or sports class you can partake in
Working out can be great to improve your mental health and decrease your anxiety levels. Often in any city they will have a sports class you can pay as you go. This means you can just buy classes separately and enjoy as many as you wish. Why not try something completely different?! Find a salsa, zumba or martial arts class! These are also great opportunities to meet new people.
Sometimes gyms also run a weekly or monthly payment option which allows you to use the gym for a short time without breaking the bank! A sweat session will set you up for a great day of exploring and most importantly: eating all the food!
Dine in a restaurant of your favourite cuisine
What’s better than some tasty, comforting food? Having a tasty lunch or dinner might be the best form of self care! Wherever you are travelling to, they are nowadays very likely to have cuisine from around the world. In Asia but fancy a pizza? You should be able to find this fairly easily.
If you are travelling on your own it might sound scary to dine alone, but I can guarantee you that nobody is surprised by a table for one anymore! Dining for one is very common now, especially because many people solo travel. Do not be afraid and just walk in to your restaurant of choice and enjoy it. Bring a book, magazine or something to listen to if that makes you feel more comfortable.
Meet new people or contact your friends from home
There are so many benefits to talking to friends when you are travelling (especially if you’re on a solo trip). It might seem scary or difficult to make new friends when you are on the road, but this doesn’t have to be the case! Remember that most people are in the same situation and are also looking to meet new people. Like I mentioned above, going to a local gym might help. There are countless of other ways you can make new friends: visit a local coffee shop, stay in a hostel and go to local events!
If you really don’t feel comfortable with this or would rather speak to someone you know, you can contact friends from home. Use FaceTime, Skype or a simple text message to stay in touch. This might help any home sickness you have and can release some anxiety.
Hopefully these tips will help you stay relaxed on your travel adventures. Do you have any more self care tips? Let me know in the comments!