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Ways You Could Reduce Travel Stress This Holiday Season

I have always been so excited for the holidays, especially Christmas. The holidays are the best time to spend with your family and loved ones. So are you making plans to travel this holiday season?

If you are, then here’s something you need to know: travelling during the holidays is stressful. Just like you millions of people are planning to travel this holiday to spend it with their loved ones. This is a sign that traveling this season will be extremely hectic.

Encountering the crowd travelling at the same time will be overwhelming. That is not as bad if you’re an experienced traveller. But as a first time traveller, it can be a lot to handle.

 

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It’s normal to get stressed out in such a situation. You may find some of these nifty tips that will help reduce travel stress this holiday season.

 

Plan what you will do when you are faced with delay

When you’re travelling, delays are inevitable. Flights could be delayed due to bad weather, which could make you miss your hotel reservation. The long queues at the airport could also slow you down.

Planning is key before you set out to travel. Of all the things that you need to plan for, one of the things that will keep stress at bay is to plan what to do when you’re faced with delays.

Some credit card providers provide reimbursements for meals and lodging when you’re delayed. This will help you make sure that you don’t suffer a loss when you’re delayed.

 

Have a checklist

Checklists are very helpful especially when you’re preparing to travel. Create a checklist of all the travel arrangements you need to make or of the things you need to pack for your journey.  I always have my checklist with me when I want to make sure that I have packed everything I need. It also helps me know if I have done all the necessary travel arrangements. It saves you from all the hassles and keeps you focused on the tasks that you need to pay attention to first.

 

Maintain calm as much as possible

It can get pretty hectic when you want to travel. It can be so overwhelming that you end up snapping at people especially at the airport.

Try and maintain calm as much as possible. When someone does something to tick you off, take a few minutes to breathe deeply. This will help you calm down and deal with situations with a clear mind and composure.

 

Make sure your carry-on has everything you need

When you’re traveling , your carry-on bag is the one you’re always with. So, its important to make sure that you have the essentials with you in your carry-on bag.

You can never know what could happen during your travels. That’s why your carry-on bag has what you need to help you through contingencies like inordinate delays or even accidents. A good rule of thumb while packing your carry-on bag is to pack the things you’ll need over the span of 12 hours. Never underestimate the possibility of needing a snack or some toiletries.

 

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Great Winter Holiday Destinations

The weather in the UK is now wet and sort of chilly. I hear some parts of the country will be having some snow, which tells you how cold it is at the moment. I find the weather miserable. It is the season where I find myself staying indoors the most thanks to the gloomy weather. If you are in the UK, and are in search of somewhere warm and sunny to explore this season, here are 3 holiday destination ideas for you.

 

Dubai

 

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The Middle East is a great holiday destination all year round, especially now that we are experiencing cold weather. It is usually nice and warm in Dubai. I have visited Dubai several times with the family, and the best time to explore Dubai is between November and March. The weather is warm but not boiling warm during these months. And it is a great place to escape to during the chilly winter months.

 

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There are various activities for everyone in Dubai. We have visited Dubai as a couple before the twins were born, and we have travelled to Dubai with the kiddies twice. It was great fun every time.

 

Muscat, Oman

 

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We visited Muscat Oman last summer. It was boiling hot so we didn’t really enjoy the trip. So I won’t recommend you visit during the summer months. But the weather is a lot cooler this time of the year (just like in Dubai), which makes it another great holiday destination.

There are various family friendly activities, both indoors and outdoors. I would love to go back with the kids during the winter months in future.

 

Algarve Portugal

 

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Algarve, Portugal is another great place to visit this season. We visited in October half term, and had an amazing time. The weather was warm and sunny all the time we were there. We explored the beach and all the city had to offer. The kids loved it. There was a lot to see and do, and we will definitely be visiting again.

 

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It is definitely a city to explore, and get a break from the chilly winter weather. I just checked the weather forecast at Algarve now, and it is a lovely 15 degrees with some sunshine. That would be amazing to have now compared to the miserable 7 degrees with rain here.

 

What do you think of these places? Have you visited any of them before? If I had to pick a favourite, I would pick Dubai for luxury and fun., Algarve for proximity and Muscat for a more relaxed holiday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portugal Travel Diaries

Here are the final set of pictures from our half term trip to Algarve Portugal. We also visited Faro and Lagos. It was a fun relaxing trip. We had a great time and I wish I could go back and soak in some more sunshine. The weather in Cheshire has been dreadful lately. How is the weather where you are? This Cheshire weather is making me miss Algarve so much, but I will survive until my next sunny vacation.

 

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While in Portugal, we decided to visit Lagos. We have heard so much about the city so we decided to make the most of our time there. Driving down to Lagos from Algarve. The kiddies always enjoy road trips as long as they are fed and have some form of entertainment. It took us around an hour to get Lagos, thanks to Google maps and our Enterprise rental car.

 

 

View from the Car Park in Lagos Portugal

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The city of Lagos was cool to see. I am happy I got great shots to treasure for life. I could clearly see the similarities between Lagos Portugal and Lagos Nigeria. It was a fun experience all around. We had the opportunity to walk around the centre of the city and soak in all it had to offer. The only issue we had was when the kiddies found a ride they wanted to get on, and us not having our wallets on us. That was the end of our sight seeing. Kids have the power like that….

 

 

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Our ride back to Algarve was ok. Having said that, we found that many roads didn’t have street lights so they were really dark. Good M is an experienced driver and has driven in many countries. I won’t advise anyone who is not very confident driving to drive here as the roads can be very different with lots of roads and uncountable roundabouts. There was a roundabout on almost every single road we went on.

 

 

Goofing around in the centre

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It was a short but fun trip. I know we will be visiting Portugal again in the future. Probably a different part of the country. I love exploring Europe. So far we have been to Amsterdam, Dusseldorf, Paris (a few times), Barcelona, Milan, Dublin, Edinburgh, and now I can add Algarve to the list of countries in Europe I have visited. I would love to visit the Scandinavian countries next, maybe that would happened for us next year. M has been to most of the Scandinavian countries I want to visit already because his work takes him all over the world. And he has only good things to say about them.

 

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We spent our last evening at the Beach. It was quiet as most people had left already which was just what I needed. I am not a fan of crowded places, especially beaches and swimming pools. The Kiddies had fun posing for pictures, playing with sand and water. All I wanted to do was to walk around  and admire the beautiful beach. It was even more beautiful in the evening.

 

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And this travel post brings the end of our Portugal Travel Diairies. I hope you have enjoyed reading the short series as much as I enjoyed sharing them with you.

Have you been to any part of Portugal? What are your thoughts? Please share them in the comments section below. Thanks for stopping by and have a relaxing weekend.

 

 

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