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Problems You Might Face At The Airport When Traveling Abroad

Problems You Might Face At The Airport When Traveling Abroad

Ahh, travel.

It’s pretty amazing to think that we can get into a flying automobile in the morning and emerge in a completely different country by nightfall. Such an amazing phenomenon would be considered impossible 150 years ago. What a time to be alive, right?

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Of course, anyone who’s ever flown can tell you it’s not as simple as it could be. There are a ton of hangups that can throw a monkeywrench into your vacation plans, causing you to waste valuable time and money when you could be halfway to the Caribbean. However, if you anticipate these potential issues and make the proper accommodations, you could save yourself a lot of aggravation.

Problems with your passport

Your passport is, quite literally, your ticket to the rest of the world. If you don’t have it with you at the airport, you won’t be getting out of the country. If you lost your passport, or it was stolen, you won’t get much sympathy at the border (whether you’re coming to or leaving from your home country). Same thing if it’s expired. Above all else when traveling, make sure your passport is up-to-date and sufficiently prepared. You don’t want a problem with a small booklet to be the reason you can’t explore the world.

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Problems at Customs

We’ve all heard nightmare stories of what a hassle it is to get through customs. Yes, it’s completely insane that you missed your flight because the agent thought your knitting needles could be used as a weapon, or your infant son’s food container wasn’t factory sealed. But just because it’s crazy doesn’t mean it won’t make you miss your flight. Once you give customs agents a reason to check your baggage, they’ll be suspicious of pretty much anything they find. Do yourself a favor and don’t give them a reason to be suspicious in the first place.

Your criminal history

Being convicted of a crime has long-standing ramifications on a person’s life. Even if you’ve completed the conditions of your sentence, the fact that you have a blemish on your record may unfortunately inhibit your ability to enter certain countries. Even a DUI will raise suspicions at the border when traveling from the US to Canada. There are ways to get relief from such situations for some minor crimes, but this needs to be done long in advance in order to avoid any future problems at the border.

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Overlays, delays, and cancellations

You only get two weeks of vacation a year, so you want to make the most of the time you have off, right? Unfortunately, circumstances beyond your control may force you to waste a good chunk of your traveling time sitting around and waiting. If your flight has an overlay in a different city or country, you’re at the mercy of the airline’s schedule. Of course, most overlays are just long enough to take up a large part of your day, but too short for you to actually leave the airport and do something exciting.

If your flight is delayed or, even worse, canceled, all the planning you put into your travel time will have been completely wasted. There’s not much you can do besides take it on the chin. While you probably have an itinerary all set for your trip abroad, you should at least prepare for the possibility that you’ll have to cross off some of the items on your list if your travel plans get interrupted.

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Exhaustion

Face it: travel is exhausting. Like I said in the intro, traveling isn’t as simple as hopping on a plane and getting where you need to be. You have to pack meticulously, ensure you and your family have the correct documentation, get to the airport hours ahead of schedule… the list goes on. And this isn’t even taking jet lag into consideration. You’ll undoubtedly need time to adjust to the new timezone when traveling to and from your destination, which can take some of the luster out of your vacation. Hopefully, you can push past all that and enjoy the time you have seeing everything the world has to offer!

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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