The first step is to get a map or an atlas of the area and study which routes you need to take to get to your destination. There are also many maps on the internet that you can print out in order to get a overview of where you are going. It is important to study what roads to take so when it comes time for your vacation you will not get lost. This will help reduce any stress of getting to your place.
Another thing you can do to reduce the stress of traveling is to go with a friend or with a group of people. If your friends are busy then look into Triple A’s list of vacation packages. You have to be a member of Triple A and they provide very affordable vacation packages for various destinations. This is a great way to travel without having to do get into the details of scheduling different events during your vacation.
For instance, there are many packages around the country and they provide the reservations, scheduling and other things you need to do on a vacation. All you really have to do is to show up. These vacation packages are a great way to go to new places and not worry about the details. This is a lot better than trying to do everything yourself.
To help reduce some anxiety of traveling, try to leave a day earlier than what you would usually go. The purpose of this is to give you some time in case you get lost or if something comes up. You never know when you might end up in traffic or something else might happen.
Another way to reduce your anxieties on your vacation is to make your hotel and other reservations at home before you leave your house. You do not want to go a place and have to decide where you are going to stay. Planning ahead of time can prevent a lot of stress.
Finally have a list of emergency phone numbers in case something would go wrong and you needed help. Also know the numbers of any friends or relatives in the area in case you need their assistance. In addition make sure you have a cell phone and that the battery is charged.
These steps should help in reducing the stresses and anxieties of traveling to a new destination. If you still have trouble then you might need to talk to a professional who can give you additional advice. Remember that a vacation is the time to rest and relax and you do not want to spend that time anxious and upset.
Stan Popovich is the author of "A Layman's Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods" - an easy to read book that presents a general overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties. For additional information go to: http://www.managingfear.com/
Published on Feb 16, 2009