7 Tips On Remaining Calm When Travel Disasters Strike
By Victoria Ugarte

Sometimes, reality can intrude on that “dream vacation”, plunging you at the mercy of circumstances beyond your control. One minute you could be giving yourself a pat on the back on how smoothly your travels are going, while then next has you wondering how you found yourself in a nightmare.

Provided your life is not in danger, the way that you respond to a travel disaster can not only help contain your stress levels. It can be the difference between your trip being ruined, or the incident turning into one of those travel gems that will have you laughing over, and sharing with your friends and family, for years to come. Here are some helpful tips which can help you to remain calm when a travel disaster strikes:

1) Take things one step at a time:  Be patient and remain flexible. Your situation can change from hour to hour so itʼs important to think clearly and respond appropriately as the situation unfolds.

2) Be courteous to travel agents and service staff: Being courteous to the people who are in a position to help you will make them more empathetic to your situation, and try harder to accommodate you. Being rude to them will only antagonize them, potentially making your already difficult situation that much harder.

3) Stock up on basic items from the pharmacy: Stressful situations can weaken your immune system, so stock up on some paracetamols, antacids, throat lozenges, anti diarrhea medication (if needed), tissues and hand sanitizer.

4) Donʼt forget to exercise: Simple exercises, like walking up and down halls, taking stairs, or hiking up and down escalators, can help keep your mind clear.

5) Watch your diet: It can be tricky to eat well when your natural responses are to grab a chocolate bar, some crisps and a soft drink. But remember that a nourishing diet will help
feed your state of mind as well as your body. Go for a sandwich, fresh fruit, a yoghurt, and plenty of water instead.

6) Check out the local resources: If you are stuck in a place with plenty of time to spare, treat yourself to a ride through town on a “hop-on-hop-off” bus, tram, or ferry. If safe to do so, you may want to find a park close by and relax with a good book. Ask your hotel concierge or the attendant at the airport or bus terminal for suggestions.

7) Stay calm and retain your sense of humor: Although the situation may not seem funny right now, youʼll have plenty to talk and laugh about when itʼs all over. The experience will also make you appreciate all the things that you previously took for granted.

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