You don’t go with the flow
If you panic when something goes wrong, like missing a flight, you bring unnecessary stress into your vacation. In these unanticipated mishaps, social psychologist Susan Newman suggests that you “think of it as an adventure, because often the mishaps and the things that go wrong actually become either humorous in your memory bank or the best thing that happened on the whole vacation.” So, recognize that you might not be in control of the situation, take a step back, and calm down, be it by breathing deeply, practicing mindfulness, or grabbing a beer at the airport bar. Avoiding these common airport mistakes will also help you start your trip on a calm note.
You have way too high expectations
You shouldn’t approach a vacation with the expectation that “it will be the best trip ever.” Sure, you need a relaxing break but by traveling with high expectations, you set yourself up for disappointment. Traveling with an open mind to the adventures and experiences that await you will free of vacation stress.
You don’t get in sync with your companions
It’s important to have a conversation with both yourself and your travel partner(s) about what each of you wants to achieve from the vacation. Maybe you want to have a beach getaway when your friend wants to pursue outdoorsy adventures like zip lining. Communicating about your travel goals will help you avoid the awkward, stress-inducing situation when you realize that you and your fellow traveler(s) have different vacation intentions.