Quick Tip: Reduce Travel Stress by Taking More Trips!

Quick Tip: Reduce Travel Stress by Taking More Trips!

Million Mile SecretsQuick Tip: Reduce Travel Stress by Taking More Trips!Million Mile Secrets Team

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Million Mile Secrets team member Joseph is re-reading one of his favorite books: Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel, by Rolf Potts.  Most of our readers are NOT long-term travelers.  But I asked him to write down any useful ideas our readers might appreciate.

Joseph:   Want to have a relaxing, low-stress vacation?  Travel often!

Folks who never travel, but have dreamed for years of touring Europe, or vacationing in the Caribbean, will put a lot of pressure on that trip to be perfect when they finally get the chance to go.  They’ll consider the trip to be a once in-a-lifetime-opportunity.  And if something doesn’t go as they’d always dreamed, they’re overly disappointed.

And on top of that, they’ll have a mean case of the post-travel blues after each trip!

How To Relax While Traveling
If You Rarely Travel, You’ll Place Undue Stress on Your Vacation

But miles & points can change that!  The more you travel, the less obligation you’ll put on each trip to be flawless.  And the more you’ll be able to enjoy yourself.

How to Relax While Traveling

The key to fun and less stressful vacations is to take them regularly.

If there’s always another trip in the foreseeable future, you’ll be more accepting of the way each trip unfolds, even when things don’t go according to plan.  If something goes wrong, or you don’t meet some of your trip goals, you won’t be as heartbroken.  Because there’s always next time!

I recently had a 9-hour layover in Oahu.  Before I discovered miles & points, my natural tendency would be to frantically sprint around the island to hit major attractions, like Pearl Harbor and Diamond Head, or perhaps try my luck with the Haiku Stairs. 😉

But because I know I can return to Oahu for nearly free, I decided to just enjoy my stop by swimming at Waikiki beach.  And it was a great time!

How To Relax While Traveling
I Fell Asleep Under This Tree at Waikiki Beach. It’s One of My Favorite Memories From the Trip!

There was no pressure to make the short layover a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  Because it’s NOT once in a lifetime!

If you’ve fantasized for years about visiting Paris, you won’t feel devastated if the Eiffel Tower is temporarily closed during your trip.  If you make the trek to Saint Lucia, it won’t be as big of a deal when unexpected rain ruins your tanning weather.

That’s part of the magic of miles & points!  No place on earth is out of your budget.  So no matter where you’re visiting, there can always be a next time.

Bottom Line

Lots of folks spend years imagining the day they’ll finally get to take their dream trip.  And when the opportunity finally comes, they’re grief-stricken if everything doesn’t go perfectly.

Traveling once or twice in your life can be a recipe for stressful and disappointing travel!  The more you travel, the more you’ll enjoy each journey.

Have your travels become less pressured after discovering miles & points?

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Traveling more often has definitely helped with vacation stress for me. The more I travel the more I gain perspective.

It's okay if it rains at the beach because... sometimes it rains at the beach - haha! The island does its thing regardless of my plans, it doesn't work for me. I've learned to accept places for what they are, and not expect (my idea of) perfection from them. I think it's more fun that way anyway. 😉

Even with points, some of us have to wait a long time to acquire points, or get time off work or juggle other parts of our lives. None of us have any guarantee of tomorrow. So when I plan a trip, like France last year, I jammed as much into the trip and planned it to the hilt. I hope I get to go back, but if I don't, I am happy that I saw most of the things on my list. I do plan for downtime but I don't do a whole lot of laying on the beach sleeping.

dana @ MyPointsBlog.com

My trips haven't necessarily become less stressful post-miles and points. I still strive to architect the best trips possible (in last minute research mode for Japan); and the while the research can be a bit nerve-wracking, the trips have always been rewarding. Some of it may be temperament. YMMV.

I struggle fitting in all I want to fit in, in a given country, without feeling overly harried. And since there are so many countries--and regions of countries--well, the stress doesn't necessarily go away. But even if I have a short time allocated, I like being able to answer the question: worth returning to or not? If I've answered that question, I've done my "job." And so in that sense, I don't get Trip of a Lifetime jitters. Because as you say, or as one could say, with miles and points there will be *many* trips of a lifetime in the queue.

Any travel planning stress for me has been worthwhile because the pay-offs have been spectacular.

Dana @ MyPointsBlog.com