Though it can feel like the best part about traveling is the idea that we get away from it all (in terms of stress and tension), it may in fact be smarter to get rid of all that stress and tension before leaving in the first place, in order to really enjoy ourselves. Add to that, it’s important to take care of a few other matters, and you have something like a pre-travel checklist of major business matters.
This list would include legal matters, security matters, emergency planning, budget considerations, and even relationship tension. Taking care of all of these things in advance means that you’ll actually get to enjoy your destination.
If you’re caught up in any sort of legal net, whether that’s bankruptcy, or divorce, or handling financial settlements, or suing someone, or being sued by someone – it’s better to get those all completely decided before leaving on a trip. Even though it may alter some of your plans significantly, having important legal stuff going on in the back of your head during your vacation to the Swiss Alps is really going to be a damper on the enjoyment factor.
If you’re leaving to go somewhere, that means that you’re leaving somewhere else behind. This could be your home, your apartment, maybe even your business. But for peace of mind you need to make sure you have a security system installed. Some of the new ones even let you visually check in, though wi-fi, whenever you want. This is one of the most awesome aspects of the perpetually connected society – you can literally connect to your peace of mind.
Do you have an emergency plan that you’re leaving behind for people? Do they have a number to call in case of a medical incident? If there’s some crazy weather or a family issue, does everyone back home know what to do, or how to contact you? Get all of that stuff set up in advance in an area that everyone has access to before heading out on your trip.
You can’t go traveling comfortably if you don’t know how much money you have. Or how much money you have to spend. Assuming that finances are just going to work themselves is the worst thing that you can do. Either you’ll end up spending way too much using credit that you can’t afford, or you’re too tight with your money because you’re anxious about your budget. To prevent that, set a budget ahead of time.
And finally, if you have any tendrils of relationship tension floating around, get rid of them before traveling. And it doesn’t matter if it’s with the person you’re traveling with, or the people you’re leaving behind. Get your emotions settled before leaving in order to fully experience your well-deserved vacation.