My love and passion for traveling has grown over the past few years, and being in a long-distance relationship of course fuels and helps it, no matter how much I have to spend on flights.
But as much as I enjoy it, there’s no doubt that it can get exhausting, whether you’re traveling internationally or just to another state in the U.S.
Luckily for you, I’m here to share some ways that you can energize yourself and keep yourself happy both inside and out while you’re elsewhere so you can enjoy it to the fullest!
#1. Block off time to take a nap or to rest.
The first instinct you may have when you’re traveling is to check off all the places you want to visit and everything you want to do, as much as you can within a short amount of time.
That’s great and a very efficient way to really enjoy your time there to the fullest, but it’s important that you take some time to physically rest your body.
It can be 30 minutes or two hours, but be sure to dedicate that time to just relax either on your own or with others. If you’re not traveling alone, negotiate and come to a time that works.
#2. Listen to music that gives you energy.
Make a playlist for your trip and add all the songs that give you energy or give you a sense of calm and relaxation. After you’ve done that, stick to listening to those songs.
For me, Christian contemporary music and certain pop or ballad songs and artists really soothe my soul and after listening to it for a while, physically and mentally I feel re-energized.
The awesome thing about this method is that you can do it while you’re out or wherever you are, thanks to all the advanced and portable technology.
#3. Get out of the hotel room and wander, alone or with someone else.
Sometimes, just walking around and wandering either by yourself or with your friend or relative can be just as energizing as taking a nap in your hotel room.
The relaxing thing about wandering is that you’re not necessarily focused on learning something new or trying to visit it for the sake of checking it off your to-do list.
You’re simply admiring and absorbing in the beauty and the atmosphere, which requires no complex thinking on your part.
#4. Don’t bring any work with you when you travel.
The best way to get the energy drained from you in a jiffy is to bring schoolwork or to check work emails during your trip.
Disconnect your email from your phone, only bring materials and books that are meant for leisure not schoolwork, and keep your focus on the trip.
If you find yourself thinking or dwelling on work or school, distract yourself by doing other things: go to the pool, the spa, or spend time in conversation with your friends or family.
#5. Use social media to connect with friends and family.
Yes, I’m encouraging you to go on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and whatever other social media network you’re an avid user of. But only during your off-times, when you’re resting.
If you’re traveling alone, make a phone call or shoot a text to your family and/or friends, updating them on what you’ve seen, what you’ve done and what you thought of them.
If you’re an introvert like I am and want to have some time alone, upload your photos onto Facebook or Instagram to show your loved ones or your followers what you’ve been seeing.
I’m a big fan of Instagram when it comes to posting up pictures that I’ve taken during my trips. Ask my boyfriend, my brother and my parents and they’ll wholeheartedly agree 🙂
#6. Drink coffee or tea, anything caffeinated.
As a big coffee-lover, I love this method the second-best after taking naps. But it’s more of a quick-fix or if your body is craving it.
If you’re used to drinking a cup in the morning to get yourself fully awake, stick to it and try not to deviate or forget about it just because you’re on a trip.
When I went to Arizona in August, my friend and I got a headache from a bunch of factors but a lack of coffee was one of them. We laugh at it now, but it rings true for all coffee lovers.
Just one thing you need to be careful of is when you’re consuming it. Try to avoid drinking it after 5 or 6 p.m. because if it works really well on you, you’ll wake up the next morning feeling groggy.
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