Tension before travel-do you have this?

@kalav56 (11502)
India
March 29, 2010 12:36pm CST
Do you get tense before you take a trip? I have seen people get very tense when they are about to go on a trip. I try and avoid this and prepare well beforehand. What do you do?
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
30 Mar 10
Hi Kala...Yes I must admit I am a bit tense while travelling ,especially if I have a train or a flight to catch.....Actually I love travelling and it does not make me nervous at all...But its the preparatory part,...the booking and the packing and the time till i reach the station or airport that makes me nervous......Especially if I have my whole family travelling with me....Because getting all of them ready and out of the house in time is really a herculean task..........he..he...If I am travelling alone I am more relaxed since I always get ready well in advance,but the fact is I hate travelling alone.....
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@kalav56 (11502)
• India
31 Mar 10
I ahev learnt to minimize tension before travel because I fall sick by the time I reach my destination.I prepare very well in advance and htis helps me a bit.
@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
31 Mar 10
Of course I too plan and pack every thing in advance.......but I cannot say the same about my hubby and kids......They sometimes drive me crazy.......They are infact experts in forgetting their hanky or socks...and just as we lock the house and get ready to leave they suddenly remember about their forgotten hanky or socks etc......And I learned a lesson from this incident...The last time we were travelling together to the airport for our holiday,My younger son declared that he had no clean socks to wear( after we had locked the house)....and I proudly displayed the 3 sets of new socks that I had placed in my bag.....for just such an emergency....and this helped us to reach the airport in time.....
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@kalav56 (11502)
• India
31 Mar 10
@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
30 Mar 10
I have gotten tensse before a trip, sometimes even just a day trip. I love to ride in a car but for some reason I worry about being clausterphobic while in the car before we set out to where we are going to go. It's something I've only recently found myself doing, and I am not quite sure why. I guess it is just stress and anxiety really.
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@kalav56 (11502)
• India
31 Mar 10
I am sure it si some sort of stress.WHen we are under stress and if we travel all alone, all unwanted thoughts would surface and addto the fear .We will have to work hard against this isn't it? I traveled with some anxiety a few years ago and I ended up with severe migraine.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
2 Apr 10
Yes we would need to work hard against the stress to manage it and be able to rid eor drive for long hours. I am sorry you had a severe migraine that one time. I know migraine's are no fun!
@ckyera (17261)
• Philippines
1 Apr 10
hello kalav, well depends on the purpose of the trip...and if its my first time and i am alone, guess i will feel a bit tensed but excited at the same time...hehe i feel tensed coz i am not certain on what to expect when i get there or i am keep on thinking what ill happen hen i am already there...things like that.
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@kalav56 (11502)
• India
1 Apr 10
True; if we are travelling alone fr the first time then it would be a bit tension filled.SLowly we get used to thsi.Thanks for the participation.
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31 Mar 10
I am one who does everything in a meticulous manner .I plan ahead and pack my things beforehand .So regarding the packing part I never get tensed .In fact the day I am to travel I will be free.Some days before the date of departure I will be in a tensed mood -thinking all the time what to carry and so on .
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@kalav56 (11502)
• India
31 Mar 10
I too do not get tense.But if my servant does not turn up then I get burdened with work and it would tell on my health.
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@youless (93702)
• Guangzhou, China
30 Mar 10
I don't have a tension before I have a travel. On the contrary, I will be quite excited to it. I like traveling. I just can't wait for it. I love China
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@kalav56 (11502)
• India
31 Mar 10
I too love to travel.If it si by train then there is nothing like it.I love to travel with some good company an d especially with my close family.
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
30 Mar 10
I do get tense, but that just means I'm working harder to be prepared because of it.
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@kalav56 (11502)
• India
31 Mar 10
When you work very hard to prepare for your travle then yo u would anturally be tense.Receltly I had to travel a long distance for my son's marriage an dI avoided this tension by preapring very well in advance.But still I was tense while preparing.After that it was not there.THanks for the response.
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@Sreekala (23718)
• India
30 Mar 10
Hi Kala I don’t think I have tensions before my travel. I have been traveling long trips for many years so there is no kind of tension. The only thing I check it before starting from home, is my ticket (lol) and money also important that will take care my hubby. All other things we can manage, I think. If I need to take any important documents then I may keep the same in my bag as the first item when packing. But long journey is always a headache, packing many things, especially kids are with us.
@kalav56 (11502)
• India
31 Mar 10
You must be looking forward to going to Keral now.What is pazhamperi sree?How is it made?I saw this on the train on KOnkan railway.It looked very tasty but I did not buy it because I felt it might be too oily.
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@Sreekala (23718)
• India
31 Mar 10
Yes dear 'Pazham Pori' is very oily. It made by banana (the large type banana, 'Yethapazham' in our language). Here is the recipe for you to prepare Pazham Pori Ripe plantains(Nenthrapazham/Yethakka) - As required Salt - 1/4 tsp Allpurpose flour(Maida) - 1 cup Rice powder - 1/2 cup Water - 1 1/2 cups 1)Mix together maida and rice powder. 2)Add salt . 3)Add water enough to make a liquid paste and mix well. 4)Take pieces of plantain and dip in batter one by one. 5)Deep fry in oil. Pazham Pori ready for your evening snacks.
@kalav56 (11502)
• India
31 Mar 10
Oh ! OK.It is like our plantaiin bajji.Only differene is thta we use bengalgram flour for this while you use nenthra vazhai and maida.And we use only totally unripe bananas.
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@derek_a (10902)
31 Mar 10
As a therapist I would say that most people when in anticipation of anything, whether it be pleasurable or not pleasurable will experience a certain amount of tension. Some people would just shrug it off unnoticed but there are those of us who experience this tension and can end up with a headache or other discomfort. I have always taught my clients to practice meditation and it is very useful if a person would find him/herself feeling over-tense. I have a link to more explanation on meditation on my profile. _Derek
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@thebestmom (1105)
• Philippines
30 Mar 10
depends on how long i will be travelling. if it will only be for 3 days, theres no need to be tensed. but sometimes i make a checklist of the list ( esp the toiletries ) that i need to bring because i cannot put it in the baggage immediately because i still have to use it
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@kalav56 (11502)
• India
31 Mar 10
I too make a checklist long before travel and manage with this.THis ensures our peace of mind.
@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
30 Mar 10
I usually book my flight about 6 months before I go off on my trip. I read travel guide books about the destinations I am going to visit. Then I look forward to my trip. Around one week before my trip I write a packing list and then pack all I need to take with me. Sometimes I have to shop for anymore things that I will require. The night before I leave on my trip I feel ever so happy. I don't feel at all tense about going on a trip.
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@kalav56 (11502)
• India
31 Mar 10
I do a lot of what you ahve written --the checklist,buying things beforehand,stocking them up,packing in advance etc. I have adopted this strategy for the past 7 or 8 times over the past 7 times.Earlier, I never used to travel much but when my son took up a job elsewhwere I had to travel a bit initially.
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@avani26 (1521)
• India
30 Mar 10
I am very lucky in this matter because it is my husband who does the packing and he is quite a pro at it. He will start before a week we leave and will remember to pack anything that we would require or may require in case of any emergency. The only thing I need to do is get dressed on the day of our journey and be ready to leave. You won't believe if I told you that I do not even pack my undergarments. (I love him for that and my friends envy me). During the trip also he is the one who would give me the things I require but now after more than 15 years of marriage I do help him but not much. It is great isn't it?
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@kalav56 (11502)
• India
31 Mar 10
It is indeed and I simply cannot believe it.YOur husband is indeed a very patient person and you would be the envy of many current day young girls. This is something rare in any age.
@kawalnarang (1095)
• Trinidad And Tobago
30 Mar 10
No matter what I do,, My packing is done on the last day,TENSION or NOT,,,,,,,,,,,ITS like everything else is more important than what I think
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@kalav56 (11502)
• India
31 Mar 10
So, you mean to say thta travel is like any other normal routine and does not cause any extra flutter in your case?YOu must have obviously travelled a great deal then.Thanks for the participation.
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@drannhh (15240)
• United States
30 Mar 10
I prepare well ahead of time too, but love to travel, so at the last minute I am always wanting to get started. In fact, sometimes after planning to start out early the next morning on a trip, I go the night before and stay somewhere not all that far from home and then leave fresh from the hotel the next morning. That reduces the tension
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@kalav56 (11502)
• India
31 Mar 10
If you have to travel some distance to the station or airport, thne it does make sense provided we can afford this.Sometimes, if it is midnight we can stay at the airport itself.THanks for the response.
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
30 Mar 10
Hey kalav! I hate to travel! I hate to fly! I have to go and see my Mother who lives in Florida in a month or two and I get very nervous before I have to go! I hate traveling on airplanes and have alway hated it! I flew for the first time since 9/11 last year! Being a New Yorker it was especially difficult for me to do, but I did it! I now have to do it again! Going to the airports here in NY are not pleasant! They have to treat everyone like they are terrorists and it isn't fun! The search everything and everyone and it is very nerve racking! But, it is necessary and I do understand! But, being that I hate planes and flying just makes it more difficult for me~
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@kalav56 (11502)
• India
31 Mar 10
Why don't ypu pop in an anti nausea pill, half an hour before you travel?I do this these days and I am fine with it.A doctor advised me about this.THanks for the response.
@Buchi_bulla (8299)
• India
29 Mar 10
Though I pack everything before hand, still I feel tensed up till I reach the station and sit in the train or bus. The tension is for getting auto or taxi, reaching in time for the train or bus and not forgetting to carry anything important.
@kalav56 (11502)
• India
30 Mar 10
If you pack everything before , why should you get tense?I suggest you keep a check list and check everything some 3 hours before leaving home and sit in peace.I have learnt to do this nowadays.Have a nice day Buchi and thanks for the response.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
30 Mar 10
More like during the trip.
@kalav56 (11502)
• India
31 Mar 10
So you start off peacefully and get tense while you travel?Why does this happen?Normally, when we travel and during our holiday we would deliberately leave our worries behind.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
31 Mar 10
Once I get to the destination, I leave them behind. but during the trip, it's stressful...
• China
2 Apr 10
hi,kalav.I was attracted to here by your interesting topic. Tense?Do you mean feeling exited? I have that kind of experience sometimes,especially when preparing for an unfamiliar domain travel.However,I enjoy that feeling,say,tension or excitation.
@kalav56 (11502)
• India
2 Apr 10
Excitement is always there and moreson when we are young.As we grow older, resonsibility along with hte excitement causes a bit of preparation and when somehting gets missed then ther is tension.Welcome to the forum.Enjoy your time here.
@skysuccess (8882)
• Singapore
31 Mar 10
kalav56, Having traveled quite extensively myself, I just do not have these tensions and a lot of it stems from getting myself prepared for the trip. Over time, I am sure these tensions can be eased when one gets to be more adjusted or self education take over. But, once in a while anxieties arises when anticipation creeps in, like flying on a new airline, exotic new destinations or that your originally booked flight is being rescheduled. Most new travelers do have a little tension as it is a new experience for them and there's a lot of first time experiences to be experience for them. Not forgetting the doubts that they may have and over anticipation of emergencies or hitches. So, it will really help that we do not overreact and create unnecessary worries to tense ourselves.
@kalav56 (11502)
• India
31 Mar 10
Absoluely true.I too do not get tense before travel.Soemtimes I have a lot of work to do especially with last minute winding up of the kitchen, washing utensils etc.., I would be overworked.But nowadays I am cool, space myself and plan well and prepare well in advance.Soem years ago, I used to get a migraine and subsequent nausea esp while travelling in summer but this was more so in the case of taking an early moring train where I would compromise on the previous night's sleep.NowDAYS, i plan and sleep well. So there is no stress induced headache.THnaks for the participation.As you saud, frequent travel enables us to gear ourselves.
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