Tips on how to Travel Calmer

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASometimes, You have to stop and take a stroll back in time to really see how far you have truly come. I remember thinking of all of the excuses as to why I shouldn’t go on a trip when it presented it’s self, “I can’t leave my cat”, “I’ve got too much work to do” and my personal favourite “I get home sick”. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to go, but I feared the getting there.

So much has happened in the news over the years when it comes to travel which had infiltrated my subconscious and resonated it’s self as fear. I’m not sure how, or  when or why but it was a constant battle. I wanted to see the world but it felt like a mountain stood in my path, the truth was, only I stood in the way of my next adventure.

And as we prepare our selves of our next adventure it suddenly dawned on me that butterflies had replaced anxiety and excitement replaced fear. I still have niggles and worries but I’ve taken myself out of my comfort zone and subsequently the Country so many times now, I have perfected a number of steps to ensure I travel as calm as a cucumber.


The biggest favour you can do yourself for travelling calmer, is to prepare. Don’t leave things to the last minute, I know it’s so generic right? But how many of us still do it time and time again. I’ve put my last-minute-packing days behind me and actually begin planning all that I need well in advance. Not because I hope things will run smoothly, in fact quite the contrary, I know there will be a curve ball in there waiting to trip me up. Like yesterday when I realised I’d just sprayed my last pump of Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Tanning oil. This caused panic to ensue until I had located at least three bottles, and ordered a further 4 for good measure. Had I left everything to the last minute, I would not have been able to devote the best part of  my sunny Sunday afternoon to locating some.

These things always seem to happen, perhaps its just me they happen to or perhaps we are all guilty but by planning a head you can eliminate the stress unexpected curveballs can cause



Around two days before I’m due to travel I generally start packing, it seems early but I’m not talking suitcases just yet. I get out my endless amounts of clear plastic travel pouches and begin delegating my products and essentials into their correct pouch. The easiest way to ensure you don’t constantly worry about forgetting something is to go through your day, using those products that you cant live/travel without and once you’ve finished with them, packing them into their allocated pouch ready to pack away in the suitcase the night before you depart.

I find this to be my most useful tool when packing and ensuring nothing important is forgotten and let’s just say that when I miss this step out, something is always left behind.



When travelling, you never know where you might end up. A helicopter over Lisbon? A boat sat just off the coast of Monaco? One things for sure, it’s a great idea to equip yourself for anything unlike I did on our last escapade to Monaco where I found myself about to board a boat without travel pills. Such a school boy error on my part and a hard lesson learned as the fear and anxiety began to set in. I won’t be letting that happen again that is for sure so I’ve made myself a list of travel essentials that I check and pop in those clear plastic pouches first, if they aren’t on the list its a swift trip to boots as soon as possible.



Sometimes, just sometimes the fear and anxiety can be completely nonsensical and that is absolutely fine and absolutely normal. It can creep up on anyone at any time and can be extremely difficult to push to one side. When this happens I like to have a word with myself, no really! I take myself to one side, be it in my office or the kitchen and I have a little chat through what I’m feeling, why I’m feeling it and what the reality is. It might sound totally daft but it works. I also find looking at all the lovely destinations my peers travel to helps as well, like “look Lydia you big wuss, people do this wonderful thing called travelling all the time and don’t lose their marbles over it, you got this!”


This is, as always a work in progress and I’d love to you know tips and tricks for keeping calm when you are a nervous traveller. Please do let me know in the comments below.



  1. Ashley 6th June 2016 / 8:18 am

    Love these tips! Packing in advance is always great because it always calms me down and helps me remember that I won’t need to panic about forgetting something that I left behind when I’m on the plane. I always, always get travel anxiety the day before flying and think of ways to back down out of traveling and stay at home, but on the D-day and when I’m on the plane, everything’s fine and I get excited over exploring somewhere new. But sometimes I still get heart palpitations when I’m on board, especially when turbulence hits the plane and the best way to calm myself down is to listen to classical music and use and eye mask to cover up any disrupting light inside the cabin. x

  2. Adele 6th June 2016 / 9:26 am

    Gorgeous photos Lydia! Fortunately for me I’m the complete opposite to you & adore travelling. I love the journey to get there as much as the final destination. It looks like you have some great tips that would help all travellers.
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  3. CashmereRaccoon 6th June 2016 / 9:46 am

    Lydia, I use exactly the same trick as you do in your “Organise” paragraph: when I pack, I use those beauty products over the day when I shower, dry and get ready, and then pack them into my clear pouches. That way I can be sure I dont forget things, including razor and deodorant (my most commonly forgotten items 🙂 )
    Nice article, just in time for all summer travels.

  4. Rhaea 6th June 2016 / 10:33 am

    I have the biggest phobia of flying and get really anxious when travelling in other modes of transport. I’m doing some travelling this summer and this has definitelly helped! Thank you! X
    You don’t sound daft by the way! Whenever I get on a plane I HAVE to read the safety card word for word and find my nearest exit – that’s daft haha

  5. Lucy 6th June 2016 / 12:08 pm

    I actually love traveling and after traveling since the age of 1 with my parents (up to 5 times a year or more) I came up with a plan…I have a small pouch of things I always use ready for travel (mini deodorant, toothpaste ect). I refill as soon as I get back from every trip so when I have to leave again I just pack clothes and shoes. Another trick of mine was writing a list with everything I always take on a sheet of paper and laminating it. I just tick off with washable markers as I pack and avoid buying those paper pad lists they sell for frequent travelers (waste of paper) or having to make a list every single time I travel.
    Lastly I always take just a carry on. After so many trips you finally learn to pack light and theres the shopping for new and exciting things! I also skip lines and avoiding lost luggage 🙂

  6. Meghan 6th June 2016 / 5:47 pm

    Such helpful tips. I always get major anxiety when I travel. I will definitely be using your tips on my next excursion!

    Meghan |

  7. Faye 6th June 2016 / 6:41 pm

    Thank you so much. I literally suffer so badly with anxiety and I am on the train freaking out when I decided to take my mind off things I’d check your page to see if you’ve written anything new… and boom, you have!… and ironically on traveling anxiety. So thank you hun for this post.
    Lots of love xxx

  8. Erin Henry 7th June 2016 / 1:01 am

    YES YES YESSSS! Thanks so much for this post! I am traveling to Mexico in about 7 weeks and while I don’t generally consider my self to get anxiety over traveling I am super duper unorganized and always find myself feeling frazzled. These create the perfect travel girl handbook. Thanks again gorgeous x

  9. Leanne 7th June 2016 / 7:25 am

    These photos are absolutely stunning! You look gorgeous! I’m a complete travel addict and I love prepping and planning way in advance.

    Love from South Africa

    Arum Lilea

  10. Abi 7th June 2016 / 8:19 am

    I feel like the older I get the more fearful I become, especially about flying. I guess it’s because I’m exposed much more to the news now than when I was younger. I think the key is to just forget about what goes on around you and concentrate on the fun you’re going to have when you get to your destination.

    A beautiful post, as always, and organisation is key! X

  11. Cori Scherer 7th June 2016 / 3:06 pm

    Love these tips! Of course, I’m traveling to Mexico tomorrow and left literally everything to the last minute. Someitmes hard not to when working a 9-5, but I had to prioritize my fitness and get my abs right before this trip too! Need to take your advice and organize into pouches days before — Next time!

  12. Elizabeth 7th June 2016 / 10:29 pm

    Great post! Thanks for sharing!

    You’re totally right about the rationalising with yourself – sometimes, you just need to take a deep breath and take back control!

  13. Sandra 8th June 2016 / 1:01 pm

    Personally I don’t get travel anxiety, however I get anxiety over forgetting something I might really need like my glasses or contact lenses. So I do the same thing as you and pack well in advance, therefore if I need to buy something still, I have plenty of time.

  14. Merel 8th June 2016 / 1:20 pm

    Wonderful photos and this post triggers my wanderlust haha! I’m a super nervous traveller myself and I’m particularly scared to forget something really important. That’s why I made a list a couple of years ago of aaaaaalll the things you could possibly need on whatever kind of vacation (for example, there’s a “ice maker” on it, just in case you end up in a villa with friends without iced drinks). I’ve updated it over the years after every single holiday and continuously use it during packing. Right now I’m at the point I’m completely confident I haven’t forgot something when traveling. It makes me so relaxt!!

    Also, during a trip where we travelled from hotel to hotel almost on a daily basis (so it was unpacking and packing every single day), my friend gave me such great advice. She said, you only need three things for sure: your passport, your wallet, and your phone. The rest is replaceable. I use this at home too, where I list “keys” instead of “passport” haha. At least you won’t be in any big trouble if you have these three.

    Long story short, thanks for this lovely post and happy Summer holidays Lydia!

  15. Laura 8th June 2016 / 10:48 pm

    Some great tips here! And I love these photos 🙂 Beautiful as always! xx

  16. Charlotte 9th June 2016 / 12:14 am

    I’ve been so obsessed with your blog and YouTube channel ever since I stumbled across your Instagram account! Great post. The “I can’t leave my cat” really resonates with me haha

  17. Liana 9th June 2016 / 3:47 pm

    I love love love your blog posts! always great tips!

  18. Agija 10th June 2016 / 7:34 pm

    Loved your post! I have also done a post on how to prepare for travels.

  19. Jenny 12th June 2016 / 12:03 pm

    I’m a nervous traveller as well, even though i travel a lot! I totally agree that “having a word with myself” works. I always try to face statistics etc. as well. LG Jenny

  20. Joyce Morris 13th June 2016 / 4:23 pm

    Hallo everyone. I can get excited about destinations, but the huge sticking point for me is flying, not because of the plane falling out of the sky, but because I’m seriously claustrophobic. I can force myself, somehow, to do it, but it’s SO hard and, once we touch down, it’s as if my brain has allowed me to make it to that point, but then I HAVE to get out of that metal tube. Any tips anyone? It really does curtail my adventures big time.
    All that aside, thank you for the blogs, they are great. X

  21. Danielle Denice 13th June 2016 / 8:02 pm

    Thank you for the tips!
    Where I am usually not as nervous with traveling, I am with this particular trip to Europe this weekend!
    Pretty excited though!
    Danielle Denice ??

  22. Danielle Denice 13th June 2016 / 8:19 pm

    Awesome tips for a calmer trip!
    As I prepare or my Europe trip on Sunday this was well needed!
    Danielle Denice

  23. welovefur 14th June 2016 / 4:14 pm

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  24. Katie Phillips 17th June 2016 / 12:40 pm

    I love these pictures you always look so effortlessly stunning! I’m such a nervous traveller so find any help with posts like these really useful and also nice to know I’m not on my own in feeling like this.

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