Are you about to embark on a new adventure somewhere in the world you have never been before? Then prepare yourself to go through a few travel frustrations. Everyone talks about how amazing it is to travel, but no one mentions the stress involved. So if you dream of having the perfect vacation, maybe you shouldn’t count the part when you deal with jet lag, spend hours waiting at the airport, or packing, especially if you are packing for more than one person. Don’t let these travel headaches get in the way of fun. Here a few simple ways to solve the five most common travel issues.

1. Miserable airport experience

When you book a flight, you are thinking, “ I will go to the airport near me a little early so I can go through all that process and get into the plane on time!”. Well, it’s good to be optimistic about it because you probably will end up dealing with the crowds, a lot of waiting around, and the plane will probably be late, so… This one feels like a must travel frustration that everyone experience, but there are a few ways to make it all bearable: always bring something fun to entertain you, whether a book or a game. You can also come a little hungry, so you waste time eating and watching Netflix or Youtube on your phone or computer.

2. Packing!

That word alone can give you anxiety because you know you will forget something important or overpack. You will be struggling to carry that luggage around, and of course, end up paying extra fees for it, too. The good news is that the more you travel, the less of a travel frustration it becomes. Here are a few tips to help you improve your packing skills: Create a list of everything you want to take with you. Plan the items you will be packing in each bag in advance, and it’s better to put your entertainment kit (books, games, etc.) in your personal bag and keep the essentials in the carry-on bag. Look up some packing techniques to maximize space, like putting items in packing cubes and rolling clothes. Buy a few 100-ml containers to pack your liquid toiletries. Just leave as much as you can at home because you will not need nearly as much as you think.

3. Jet lag

Jet lag is the enemy of all human species; after all, how do you expect your body to react when you spend many hours traveling, then arriving at a destination with a different time zone? That adjustment period you have to go through is the travel frustration we all wish never existed. There may not be a cure for jet lag, but there are a few things you can do to decrease its effects: try to sleep at a reasonable hour the night you arrive to help your body adjust itself to the new time zone. And if possible, don’t plan anything important on the first day you are there. Let it be a day to rest and sleep as much as you can!

4. Budgetary concerns

It’s scary to find yourself on a tight budget in a completely strange country, which might be possible when you add it up to the cost of flights, activities, food, and so on (unless you are rich!). Many people decide to go crazy on their vacations, but they go back to their lives they can’t afford anymore. This is one of the travel frustrations that may cause you not to enjoy your trip as suppose to, cut down many things, and end up not having the full experience. The solution is to never jump in without knowing where you are standing first. Figure out your travel budget, plan everything, and don’t forget your life after returning. For example, instead of booking a hotel room, try Couchsurfing when you get to crash on someone’s couch, and instead of fancy food, try local!

5. Getting scammed

Scammers are everywhere and travel scams are very common! Travel to the end of the world, and you might still end up being scammed. Those evil people prey on tourists by using their naivety of the culture to get what they need. And side note, they are incredibly smart! Some may even invite you to a club then lead you to pay a massive bill. It wouldn’t be a bad idea if you looked up all the typical scams that occur in the country you are visiting and be always careful with anyone acting too friendly with you. After all, when you take a vacation, make sure to get the most of it. Handle all those travel frustrations calmly and smartly, minimize your stress, and then have fun!!