Whether you’re on a 2 week vacation from your regular job, are taking 6 months to soul search or have quit your career to work remotely round the world, backpacking can present unique challenges. So, we’ve put together these top 10 tips to relieve stress on the road.
Theoretically backpacking across the globe visiting beautiful places, making amazing connections and feasting on all kinds of different foods from around the world should be a fantastic adventure. Of course it is, but it can also be quite stressful!
Living out of a backpack means learning to unpack and repack repeatedly, as well as being unattached to possessions and being fine with wearing the same outfits on rotation for however long you’re travelling for. There are all kinds of typical things that can add stress to a travel adventure from picking up sick bugs to missing flights to hitting random unexpected forks in the road.
But any backpacker will tell you that the lows are more than worth the highs! It is an unforgettable and unbeatable experience being free to travel the world, it can simply take a bit of management.
10 stress relief tips for backpackers
- Slow down. It can be tempting to pack the schedule full to try and see everything but this can leave you exhausted and in need of a holiday from your holiday! We suggest taking your time and slowing down the pace for a stress free trip.
- Don’t forget to breathe. Sounds obvious right? Breathing is something that happens on it’s own without any conscious effort but sometimes it can help to intentionally take a big deep breath. If you’ve got the travel nerves waiting for a delayed bus or whatever else then focusing on the breath can really help to self-soothe and calm down.
- Organise your things. Nobody likes throwing their belongings all over the place and searching the backpack ten times to find that one particular pair of pants that you need. Have a system. For example you can have separate drawstring bags for different types of clothes, one for pants and socks, one for bottoms and one for tops, simple!
- Be flexible. This one is essential and can take some practice for those amongst us who are big fans of rigid plans. Things change all the time on the road, so in order to manage our stress levels we have to find a way to be okay with that.
- Set intentions. This can be a great way to bring clarity and focus to your days or places. Maybe for a city break your intention is to connect to others or push the comfort zone by trying out a new dance class. Perhaps you head to the country with the intention of connecting to nature. Knowing the ‘why’ behind your ‘what’ is a good way to stay stress free.
- Keep it light. Going deep, looking within and taking your healing journey seriously all has an important place and is part of the process. But don’t forget to keep it light, have a giggle and let your hair down as well.
- Prioritise wellness. In order to see the world and enjoy all your adventures you have to be feeling well! So don’t forget to take care of basic needs such as drinking enough water and eating healthy, nutritious foods. This is key in managing stress, wherever you are in the world.
- Book a retreat. There are so many options out there now for retreats for budget travellers, those wanting luxury and anyone in between. Whether it’s yoga, cooking or surfing that you’re into, there’s sure to be a retreat out there for you.
- Do nothing as well. You don’t have to always be going on adventures. Balance is important so be sure to have a duvet day every once in a while, even if it’s in your shared dorm in a hostel! Doing nothing can be as important as doing something.
- Treat yourself. Sure, you might be on a strict budget but leave a little wiggle room to treat yourself every now and again. It could be to a fancy dinner, a massage or a trip to the local sauna. Whatever you fancy, the cool part is you get to decide!
Hopefully this list has given you some ideas of how to keep your exciting travel adventure stress free and balanced.
If you liked tip number 8 then check out our affordable yoga retreats, designed specifically for the flexible traveller here.