Honeymoon: Tips for Stree-free
(ARA) The honeymoon is
when you and your new spouse can finally relax and recover from
all the celebrations. You want your trip to be as easy and stress-free
as possible. But as vacation and business travel rebounds, concern
about stress continues to be a problem.
"Since September 11, we
are getting numerous calls asking for tips on how to relieve
stress while traveling abroad," says Dr. Myles Druckman,
medical director, International SOS, the world's largest and
leading provider of medical and security assistance.
"The key is being well-prepared
for your trip by becoming as knowledgeable as possible about
your destination," Dr. Druckman says. "Follow the news
on important events that may affect your trip. Learn what is
going on in the country you plan to visit."
At the most basic level, Dr.
Druckman advises that you acknowledge that travel, especially
abroad, is inherently stressful, even on a pleasure trip. You're
out of your element and routine; you may have to deal with a
foreign language. While this is exciting, it naturally takes
extra attention and energy.
Here are several tips that
1. Knowledge is power. Do some research on the places
you plan to visit so you will know what to expect. This will
help eliminate the anxiety of "what-if" running through
2. Rest up before you go -- you'll enjoy your trip
more and worry less if you are well rested and energetic. If
flying long distances, you might want to stop over for a night
or two along the way.
3. Before you go, make a copy of the opening page
of your passport and other important travel documents and keep
them separate from the actual documents when you travel. Then
you won't panic if those documents are lost or stolen.
4. Learn basic phrases of the local language --
you'll feel more in control.
5. Stay connected to friends and family through
periodic e-mails or telephone calls -- it will help keep you
from feeling isolated. Make certain to provide them with your
itinerary with contact numbers at the hotels where you'll be
staying. You should also bring your cellular phone or purchase
a satellite phone just in case.
6. If music relaxes you, make certain that you take
your favorite CD's or tapes along -- you may not be able to find
your favorite titles or artists overseas. Bring along a transistor
radio so you can listen to the BBC or other English language
7. Learn some deep breathing exercises or other
relaxation techniques that are easy to do.
8. Exercising can also help you relax. Before booking
your hotels, find out what facilities or access to health clubs
they have. If you prefer, there are exercises that can be done
on the floor in your hotel room. Consider bringing along a jump
rope or other easy-to-pack exercise product.
9. Try to blend in -- avoid wearing obvious U.S.
symbols such as U.S. team sports shirts. Sample the local culture
and take note of and follow local customs, so you won't feel
like you're sticking out from the crowd.
10. Make sure you have a resource for medical and
personal safety assistance lined up, such as SOS Global Traveler
assistance services, which provide telephone access 24/7 to Western
doctors. That way should you need help, you'll always know who