We tend to think of traveling as an endlessly fun experience, but this isn’t always the case. While we’ll hope that all of our trips have fun and exciting elements, it’s also possible that there’ll be somewhat interrupted by uncomfortable and awkward moments. Of course, this isn’t entirely unwelcome. Part of the magic of traveling is that it pushes us out of our comfort zone, and we return knowing a little more than we left, both about ourselves, and the world at large.

But we want to step out of our comfort zone for profitable reasons. Not for the sake of it. Being uncomfortableness is not in itself a virtue! In this post, we’re going to look at a few different uncomfortable aspects of traveling and offer advice on how to avoid them.

Tips For More Comfortable Travel

Smooth Journeys
If you’re going to get the most from your trip, then it’s important that you’re feeling refreshed and energized. You might return home a little drained from all the fun you’ve had, but you’ll want to arrive with enthusiasm and energy to burn. Alas, many people don’t, all because they’ve booked a ridiculously complicated journey to get to their destination. It’s worth it to pay a little more if it means you don’t have to have multiple layovers. Layovers and switching planes will zap that extra energy in a snap.

Dress For the Climate
If there’s one piece of advice we can give for improving your trips, it’s do your research! While you’ll want to leave some things up to chance, there are some key details that will be much better if you know. Take the weather, for example. You’ll enjoy your trip much more if you’re not overly hot or cold! This begins with going to the right place at the right time (you’ll want to avoid, say, Southern Spain in August, for example), but also by packing correctly. A little bit of research could inform you that in the evenings, it gets a little chilly and that you should bring extra layers. Simple, but effective.

Comfortable Walking
If you’re going on an adventure, then you’ll be moving a lot more than you usually do. Even if you’re just traveling to a city, you’ll end up walking many more miles in an average day than you do when you’re at home. To make sure this isn’t a problem, be sure to take steps to make walking a bit easier. There are canes that’ll help you to walk better both in the city and in nature. And of course, you should never underestimate the necessity of a comfortable pair of shoes!

Avoid Over Scheduling
Finally, be sure to avoid over scheduling your trip. You’ll only end up running around more than you’d like. Schedule in some downtime and you’ll allow your body to relax a little.

So keep these little nuggets of wisdom in mind when scheduling your next adventure!