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Making Your Move To The West Coast

Travel Blog, Travel Tips - Ross French - September 21, 2022

Moving is always an exciting new adventure that comes with plenty of work and preparation. Making sure you focus on the more important aspects of relocation can help you save time, money and stress. Continue Reading

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5 Tips To Reduce Stress While Traveling

Travel Tips - Ross French - August 19, 2021

Are you itching to travel? If it’s been too long since you felt the thrill of adventure, now is a great time to put on your traveling shoes and head out the door. While you may be hot-to-trot, it’s important to look for ways to reduce stress while traveling. Here are 5 tips to help you simplify your choices, slash stress, and fully enjoy your adventures.

Skip The Car

Have you always rented a car in a new city? If so, you are in for a big treat. Instead of automatically renting a car, use alternate transportation. Think about riding a bike, using public transportation, or getting a driver. Renting a bicycle is a terrific way to see a city, town, or region. You’ll be out and about exploring side streets, romantic lanes, and getting away from the tourist regions.

Traveling by bicycle also means traveling without the insulation of a personal shell. You’ll be able to talk with locals, explore the back roads, and find sights you’d never encounter from an automobile.

If you aren’t a bike-person, explore public transportation. Buses, trains, and trams are popular modes of travel in many countries. You’ll meet people and get a taste of life like a local.

If you don’t want to bike or use public modes of transportation, get a driver. You may enjoy using services that you can control from your phone. New services make it possible to arrange contactless curbside pickup, without ever having to place a phone call.

With these options, you can travel about and not have the stress of driving. You’ll also steer clear of having to get an International drivers license, or deal with nerve-wracking traffic. Plus, if you’re used to driving on one side of the street, you won’t have to translate everything to the opposite side. If you’ve gone from driving in the U.S. to driving in Australia – you know exactly how stressful this can be.

Create A Picture Book

While you’re traveling, it’s stressful to try to live in the moment – and plan for future storytelling. If you’ve got a picture book, scrapbook, or photo album in mind – start with a plan.

Organize your travels so it’s easy to create memories of your favorite moments. You might go old school, and have a set of envelopes for each day of your trip. Just stash your mementos into the envelope and label each one by date and place.

Once you’re back home, you’ll have a blast going through the envelopes and reliving the moments. And, when you’re home, you can decide if you want to organize your trip in a classic scrapbook or an online collection.

Stay Safe

Getting sick while traveling is stressful. Of course, there are some things that may be out of your control. To stay safe while traveling, check current conditions.

You can reduce stress when you follow the guidelines for safe travel. These will include updates about international and domestic travel. You can also check on vaccinations, testing requirements, mask updates, and specific recommendations for destinations.

Have a Master Plan

Do you enjoy making a master plan for your trip? Some people find that having an overview, itinerary, and reservations gives them a sense of security. If this sounds like you, do your best to create a master plan for all the basics.

Organize your trip with hotel reservations, travel arrangements, and details to help you enjoy travel with minimal stress. Naturally, you may also want to do advance research on sites, museums, and special areas of interest.

If you don’t like to have a master plan, you are in charge. You may be a free spirit who enjoys traveling wherever the winds take you. If so, take time to communicate your dreams with your traveling companion. You’ll save yourself loads of stress by discussing your priorities and travel preferences in advance.

Are you itching to travel? If it’s been too long since you felt the thrill of adventure, now is a great time to put on your traveling shoes and head out the door. While you may be hot-to-trot, it’s important to look for ways to reduce stress while traveling. You may already manage your everyday anxiety with the help of things like these delta 8 gummies, but it’s important to consider what you can do in addition to this to help with any travel-related stresses you may face. Here are 5 tips to help you simplify your choices, slash stress, and fully enjoy your adventures.

Be Flexible With Changes

Even with a clear agreement and a master plan that matches your personalities, stay flexible. Things happen. Weather changes. Events occur.

You may not be able to plan everything down to the last detail – and have things go that way. If things change, what can you do?

Be agile. Stay flexible. Adapt to changes and enjoy the ride.

It’s often said that the most interesting parts of a trip or vacation are the unplanned bits. This is when you’ll stumble on a back roads vista, hidden hotel, or off-roads trail. You’ll meet people and explore places that are ‘off-the-itinerary.’

Have a great trip – and enjoy traveling with less stress!

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Relax and Unwind In Hampshire

Travel Blog, Travel Tips - Ross French - April 19, 2016


Do you see it? That light flashing on your cell phone? There are dozens of unread emails waiting for you. Not to mention unheard voicemail messages and texts. No wonder most of us wake up feeling anxious. The moment we see that flashing light…. we are reminded just how much there is to do. Work and responsibilities take up a massive part of our day-to-day lives. This makes vacation time even more important. Every now and again? We need to get away from it all. To turn off the cell phone, forget about work, and leave behind those pesky stresses and strains. The best place to do it? Hampshire. It is time to relax and unwind in this picturesque county. Continue Reading

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Depart From Stress

Guest Posts - Ross French - June 8, 2011


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stressWhy does everyone get in such a panic when it comes to catching their holiday flight? No matter how early we leave for the airport – we simply can’t relax until we’re sitting in departures sipping on a beer (or cocktail or whatever you prefer). Sure, you need to be on time and getting to the terminal from home can be a bit of a mission but the good news is it doesn’t have to be quite so troubling.

When I last went away I extended my holiday by an extra day to include the night before I flew. It meant I woke up in a hotel near Stansted airport with nothing but a tasty breakfast and an easy transfer between me and check-in. I found one of the Stansted airport hotels that I thought looked nice (it even had a pool) and booked it just after sorting out my flights. I used and got a good deal on my night’s stay. An evening drinking beer and enjoying an amazing dinner is, in my humble opinion, is better than last-minute packing and the rush to the airport. It made the whole airport experience much more enjoyable because I wasn’t knackered and stressed.

I actually book Stansted airport parking at the same time and conquered another of the problems everyone encounters at airports. Parking came as an add-on to my hotel and I got it at a fraction of the price I’d have paid on the day. These bookings made departure so much better I don’t know why everyone doesn’t do the same! There are plenty of hotels to go around so book your stay and you’ll be sipping on that beer (cocktail) before you know it!

If prebooking your airport hotel and parking doesn’t leave you completely de-stressed (not DIstressed) before your flight then try these tips:

  • Doairportuble check that everything is packed and ready, make sure you have the absolute essentials and remind yourself that its not the end of the world if you arrive and have forgotten to pack your sky blue flip flips, the navy blue ones you did pack will do.
  • Find your de-stress song! Music is the soundtrack to your life. Pick the right tune and you will soon be feeling serene!
  • If your the active type, go for a jog. Its very difficult to be stressed when your worn out.
  • Breathe! Find a quiet spot to go sit and breathe. Concentrating on your breathing will help you forget your stress and it can be done just about anywhere (not under water) with no extra props.
  • Laugh. Laughing has to be one of the best ways to de-stress. Don’t know what to laugh at? Get on google and search “LOL Cats”. Job done.
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