Whether you’re traveling alone or with others, staying calm, cool, and collected makes your trip so much more enjoyable. The whole idea of a vacation is to have a good time as you experience something different.
It may be lounging on the beach, exploring a new city, learning the history of a region, or visiting family or friends. Whatever the reason for the journey, you are supposed to enjoy yourself; not be worried and stressed.
Many of us forget that our actions and reactions have an impact on those around us. People get cues from us, and this influences how they treat us, react to us, and take note – it impacts what they tell us.
This is all so important when we travel, as we do depend on others, mainly strangers, for so many things when we are away from home.
Think back to problems you’ve had when traveling and determine if the root of the problem was something someone told you. Did you expect a situation to go one way, and it went the other way?
Are you angry at someone for telling the wrong information, selling you the wrong ticket, or booking the wrong accommodation?
Here are 5 reasons why you need to stay calm, cool, and collected when travelling:
Things can, and do, go wrong when we are traveling. While it’s almost impossible to mitigate this completely, we can behave in ways that definitely help resolve, and often avoid, the issues that can go ‘sideways’ and wreck our trip.
Now that you know why it’s important to be calm, cool, and collected while traveling, you need to know how to do this. Here are 5 things you can try to accomplish the 3 Cs.
It sounds odd; we all breathe naturally. However, in times of stress, we tend to hold our breath or start breathing irregularly. Steady, even breathing keeps us calm and relaxed.
When you start to feel you are breathing differently, you can use mindfulness to focus on the here and now, which will help regulate your irregular breaths.
When you start to feel anxious, intentionally concentrate on your breathing. Slowly inhale, feeling your lungs expand, and then feel them contract on your outbreath. Keep doing this; after a few breaths you’ll feel the tension begin to leave your body.
A smile relaxes those around us and has a calming effect on our bodies. A big smile tells those around us that there is nothing to be concerned about, which means they won’t feel concerned or worried either. This all helps us overcome worries or fears.
Keep your questions simple and straightforward. You can also ask for people’s opinion, suggestions, and ideas. This will keep a conversation going and allow you to focus on what they are saying and not on your worries or challenges.
Listening is not an easy task, especially when things are not as we want them to be. But let others speak too. You don’t have to be the centre of attention, and you do need to find out about whatever is going on that is challenging your trip.
They may even give you important information you didn’t realize you needed to know. Listening is such an important skill that helps to calm our impatience.
Thank people for doing simple things. Focusing on others, and not on yourself, will show you that there are people around you that will help.
Thanking them will encourage them to continue to help you, which will give you the confidence that you will be able to handle any challenges you encounter.
I do hope that your next travel adventure goes smoothly, without any issues. However, if things aren’t as you would like, remember that it’s important to stay calm, cool, and collected to have a more enjoyable trip.
It’s all good!
How do you handle difficult situations that occur during a trip? Do you have special strategies that work for you every time? Have you tried staying mindful – calm, cool, and collected – in such situations? Please share your tips and travel stories with our community!