Impromptu travel can be stressful in many ways, but with the right attitude, you can breeze through spontaneously planned trips. Take for example in 2015, when We shared tips on how to love the flight instead of worrying.
This time around, it may be helpful to read some travel secrets from professionals who are used to impulsive travel booking. With so many business trips being planned these days, it can be overwhelming for newbie travelers. But don’t fret, because with these tips, you’re going to have a safer and more enjoyable impromptu adventure.
Packing is perhaps the most crucial part of the whole journey, since it can mean the difference between a stressful trip and a comfortable one. To make the most out of a sudden out-of-the-country trip, remember to only pack essentials with comfort in mind. Fashion editor Ari Seth Cohen recommends bringing two pairs of comfy shoes: one for walking/trekking and one for formal or dressy events. She also suggests packing wardrobe pieces that are easy to mix and match.
The hassle of moving from place to place can take a toll on your physical health. A lot of professional athletes are well traveled and they know these risks very well, but still, they find ways to stay fit. GQ Magazine shares tips from NBA superstar James Harden, mentioning that the pro basketball player always brings fruits, yogurt, and sports drinks. Also, for him, staying hydrated is “super important” when traveling, because you can feel worn out easily without enough water intake.
Jet lag is inevitable after a long haul flight. Poker player and commentator Mike Sexton has hosted the World Poker Tour for many years, and he’s used to traveling to different time zones. To put things into perspective, the WPT is held across many different the countries, including the US, Canada, England, Austria, and South Africa. Despite his constant travel, Sexton is convinced that people can get through trips without experiencing the hassle of jet lag. PartyPoker suggests that it is ideal to arrive a few days before your event or appointment, so you can acclimatize to your new surroundings and time zone. This will help you get your sleep cycle back on track.
Delayed flights are an inherent part of traveling, impromptu or otherwise, but it doesn’t make them less stressful. To take your mind off the negative vibes, have something on hand to keep you busy. New York Times bestselling author Shawn Achor advises to save a long-awaited season finale or movie for the trip, so you can refocus your brain on something positive.
Going out of your comfort zone is the essence of impromptu travel, so to make every trip interesting, don’t be afraid to take risks. Journalist and photographer Laura Longwell reminds travelers that something magical can happen if you just put yourself out there. Try eating dinner at a local bar or commute like the locals. There are a lot of new experiences in different places waiting to be discovered!
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