4 Biggest Causes of Stress During Travel 


Travel is a pleasure and an opportunity for adventure.  It’s a time to explore other cultures, tastes, and new sights!  It is the ultimate luxury that allows us to step away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.  

However, along with all of the pleasures of travel also comes plenty of stress.  There is so much planning involved, not to mention all sorts of things that can go wrong that travel can often be more stressful than it is enjoyable.

However, if you can manage to learn from others” mistakes before you, and take the right precautions, you can have a stress-free trip full of 100% fun.  To help you make the most out of your travel experience, here are some of the biggest causes of stress when traveling and what you can do to steer clear.


On the top of the list is packing woes.  In an effort to remember to make sure you have everything, it’s easy to get carried away packing.  Unfortunately, this leads to all sorts of issues from excess baggage fees to sore shoulders.

Only bring what you need and leave room for bringing back souvenirs like handmade crafts, clothes, or whatever else you find on your travels.  Remember, many things you can buy once you’re at your destination and don’t necessarily have to be brought with you!


Anyone who’s ever traveled knows how undependable flight times can be.  All it takes is a bit of poor weather or an airplane malfunction to leave us sitting on the tarmac for hours, potentially missing our next flight.

While sometimes delays are inevitable and a part of travel we have to accept, there are certain precautions we can take.  Always show up to the airport as early as possible and sign up for travel alerts.  That way, you have plenty of time to make adjustments as needed.  Perhaps most important is always choosing connection flights that have plenty of time buffered between your arrival and departure.

Accommodation Issues

We can only tell so much about a hotel based on their website.  Photos can be deceiving, and descriptions can be exaggerated, making a hotel seem much better than it is in reality.  Always read the reviews and get a feel for others’ experiences staying in the same place.  

Ideally, you should choose a place to stay that comes highly recommended whether by reviews or personal recommendations from friends and family.

Language Barriers

It’s exhilarating and exciting to travel to a new place with a different language.  However, along with the newness and excitement also come challenges.  If you don’t speak the language it can be difficult to get around or even order something simple in a restaurant.

It helps to learn a few basic phrases before you go, and travel with a handy language book to use in a bind!  If you’re traveling with your smartphone, there are all sorts of apps that can translate directly for you, making communication even easier!