Holiday Travel

by | Dec 19, 2019 | Anxiety, Families, Holidays, Self-Care, Travel | 0 comments

Plan before you go.

Holiday travel can be stressful, but there are a few tricks to help keep you (and your family) calm under pressure.

  • Don’t try to pack from memory. Make a list, or use one of the handy ones on the internet like this one.
  • Use Author Chris Guillebeau’s $10 rule. If a convenience fee costs less than $10, it’s probably worth the stress relief. You can adjust the amount to fit your budget (or to accommodate your entire family), but the premise remains the same.
  • Try to book travel that reduces the opportunity for delays or long layovers (e.g., direct flights, off-peak times/days). If you encounter a delay, contact the airline via as many channels as possible (e.g., in person, phone, social media).
  • Download whatever calming distractions you (or your family) might need (e.g., meditation apps, music, games, movies).
  • Make sure you fit in self-care before you leave. Go for a walk or jog. Build in some quiet time. And make sure that you pack your workout clothes so that you can keep up the good work on your holiday.
  • Leave WAY earlier than you need to. Sure, you may have some extra time in the airport or at your destination, but that’s what calming distractions are for.
  • Take care of your body. Eat well, hydrate, take your vitamins, and try to get some sleep before your trip.

Visualize your trip before you go.

Holiday travel has its challenges, but it may not be as bad as you think. The key is managing your expectations. Try to visualize your trip before you leave so that you can anticipate and make a plan for any obstacles you might encounter. Control what you can but also realize that surprises happen. Use this time to also envision how you will cope when things don’t go your way.

Curious what coaching can do for you?

Schedule your free 30 minute discovery session to find out if coaching is right for you. 

Traveling with Kids

Making the journey with kids adds a few extra challenges, but the right planning can help. Using the above strategies, especially managing your expectations (You may have to let things go!), will definitely help in general. But check out these blogs for extra tips:

Finally, remember to book some downtime after you return from your trip so that you and your family can decompress before returning to the regular grind. It’s ok to keep your return date a secret for a bit, so that you won’t be inundated with demands. Your mental health is worth it. Safe travels, and happy holidays!

Coaching packages big and small

If you’re ready to change how you manage change, we can work together to develop the plan and package that’s right for you.

What kind of high-achiever are you? Take the quiz to find out!

High Achievers can be broken down into different archetypes, each with their own strengths and vulnerabilities. Find out your High Achiever archetype and which coaching program might be the most beneficial for you!

Recent Posts

Wise and Wild

Wise and Wild

In this online group experience, you'll learn ways to reframe the midlife crisis as a rewilding. You're being called to reconnect with the Wise and Wild Woman within--to find out what she has to ...

How “Should” Keeps You Overwhelmed (and what to do about it)

How “Should” Keeps You Overwhelmed (and what to do about it)

The problem with shoulds is that they impose restrictive rules and disappointment on ourselves. We imply that something is inherently wrong with ourselves, and applying that shame can lead to ...

Shadow Work from the Ground(hog) Up

Shadow Work from the Ground(hog) Up

In this imaginative event, Gertie the Groundhog will take you deep into her burrow to teach you how she handles seeing her own shadow. Like Phil, she also dives down when she sees her shadow, ...

What can The Nutcracker teach me about Shadow Work

What can The Nutcracker teach me about Shadow Work

Seeing The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition of mine, ever since I was a little girl. I was even fortunate enough to play a few roles in childhood and adulthood (a soldier, a Ginger Child, and ...

How to Survive Thanksgiving as a Highly Sensitive (or just exhausted) Person

How to Survive Thanksgiving as a Highly Sensitive (or just exhausted) Person

It's Thanksgiving time, and that means family, food, and friends. It also can contribute to overwhelm for those of us who are highly sensitive to physical, emotional, or social stimuli--or are ...

Dr. Kimcast Episode: Grande Double Shot No Whip Gratitude

Dr. Kimcast Episode: Grande Double Shot No Whip Gratitude

Join us for a special Thanksgiving bonus episode where we sit down with Ron Lambert, a Market Leader for Starbucks Corporation, and hear stories of how gratitude, hope, and joy helped him and ...

Dr. Kimcast Episode: Death by Pumpkin Spice Feels

Dr. Kimcast Episode: Death by Pumpkin Spice Feels

It’s November—a time for pumpkin spice and all things thankful. But is there such a thing as too many good vibes? Listen as we talk about toxic positivity and how it can backfire on ourselves ...

Dr. Kimcast Episode: Glimmers, Gratitude, and Dance Breaks

Dr. Kimcast Episode: Glimmers, Gratitude, and Dance Breaks

Not feeling so grateful at the holidays? You’re not alone. Listen as we talk about polyvagal theory and how glimmers of gratitude can help calm the nervous system and train your brain to notice ...