Tips to Help Anxious Travelers

Going on a vacation is something that most people look forward to. It is natural to take a break, especially after slogging hard for months. However, many people don’t enjoy going on a travel break as they shudder at the mere thought of traveling to faraway places. They fear to travel, to visit unfamiliar places or to plunge into the unknown. They are the anxious travelers and they suffer from travel anxiety.

It is true that no amount of pursuance can instill the zeal in them to travel gleefully like most others. However, following a few simple steps can help these anxious travelers embark on joyful trips and experience the bliss of traveling.

Here are some tips to help and encourage anxious people to put on their travelling shoes and go hopping from one place to other.

  1. Preparing for return: Most anxiety-ridden people who are averse to traveling are afraid of the scenario once they are back home. They are finicky about the order at their homes while they are away and how they would manage after returning. Hence, they should prepare for their return even before they start their tour. Getting back home and finding everything in place like clean bedsheets, a tidy kitchen and washroom or a well-stocked refrigerator are some of the things that should pacify an anxious traveler.
  2. Understanding problems of traveling to unknown places: It is better to know from beforehand that certain things might not turn out to be as planned and there would be minor hiccups. It happens with everyone. Setting the expectations at a lower level should pacify a lot of anxiety for the traveler who doesn’t want to visit an unknown place and is perennially skeptical.
  3. Sorting things and documenting everything before traveling: Documenting every move and preparing for the journey in advance should help the anxious traveler. Putting every important document in place and sorting other necessary stuff before setting out should help in calming them down.
  4. Get clear idea about financial implications in foreign land: Money is a big worry for the anxious traveler who secretly dreads of going broke while holidaying in a foreign land. In fact, this is also a genuine fear as it could be a disaster without money in an unknown destination. There is a slim chance of such a scenario and nobody is going to be stuck in an alien place just for the lack of money. But those who suffer from anxiety will almost think that it would become a reality and tend to get overly anxious much before setting out from home. Putting things into perspective and planning the finances will help ease some of the anxiety.
  5. Getting information about the place from friends and family: A bit of reassurance and getting an idea about the place of visit beforehand should do a whole lot of good for the anxious traveler. With a fair bit of idea about the place and reassurance from family and friends, the anxious traveler would benefit and hope to complete the trip in a hassle-free manner.

Dealing with anxiety disorders

Living with anxiety disorders is challenging and life becomes a virtual battlefield for the sufferer. However, the good thing is that anxiety disorder is manageable with proper treatment.

Traveling is an Art Pursued by the Heart

There are many dimensions to the need of traveling. Sometimes, it is a hobby. At other times it’s a passion or a sustaining force. At still other times the thrill of adventure in unknown territories might be the push you are looking for. Call it anything but the travel-lust does not leave you idle for a single day. You would get crazy for wearing your travel shoes and begin on the brilliant trip ahead.

If you want to experience the fullness of traveling, no one can guide you better than locals. Different city guides and various channels will tell you all about the past, present, demography, food, ethnicity, language and sights of the place but the local would tell you about the inherent charm of the place. He would bring you close to the voice of the city. These people are meant to know each stretch of the place and are hence the best guides for you. Using them will bring a new flavor in discovering the place.

An example would attest it. Suppose, there is a mountain peak with a religious idol; a company guide will tell you all about the establishment of the idol, the height of the mountain and other things. The indigenous people will tell you all about the various folklores that are associated with the place. Travelers like being informed about small pieces of history. It adds to their feel about a place. Further, the locals know many additional roads that lead to certain unknown virgin places. No company guide will take a beaten road towards a hidden fountain to fulfill your traveling desire.

People seek various travel services looking for authentic travel experience. Post globalization, the world has narrowed down. Each place has many places in it. This adds to the multicultural feeling of a tourist place. A tourist is also attracted by the old world charm of a place.

Travel services or agencies generally provide with a bulk package. They take care of hotel booking and a complimentary breakfast. They will take you to various trips for sightseeing. Most of the sites would be renowned but very common. It is important to spend a little more and look for a customized deal. Be it trips or excursion, a tourist needs privacy and independent choice of traveling. This is where a customized deal proves better.

For example, a bulk package will take many groups to an island and arrange for a motor ride. A customized deal will offer a scuba-diving trip. A local would enrich the trip even further by taking you to those marine trenches which have vast coral reserves or aquatic animals. Such scuba experience will be unforgettable.

The travel agencies set a high price at times. A local adds to your experience at a very low cost. Sometimes a pound suffices. So check into an accommodation, get your travel gears on and look for these men who can help you travel along the line of your heart.

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Need Shoe Care Products, Visit Dillard’s at the Galleria, Houston

During a one month stay in Houston I needed to shine my shoes. It’s funny how minor inconveniences can come to dominate your thoughts. I had forgotten to pack some cleaner/polisher for my shoes when I traveled to Houston recently and I became concerned that my shoes were beginning to look a little shabby. My shoes are made from a leather that requires “leather balm” to keep them in good condition rather than polish. Not really wanting to have to buy any shoe care products during my trip, because of the extra space they will take up in my luggage, I initially thought I’d find a local shoeshine service. The hotel where I am staying does not have any shoe shiners, but one of the ladies working the reception told me, rather impatiently, that the Marriott across the street has them on the weekends. However, I’ve not used shoeshine services very often but the few times I have I’ve always felt uncomfortable about being smooth-talked to by an African American man while he polishes my shoes, not to mention having to settle on a suitable tip, in addition to the required payment. To me, this scenario is just too evocative of the bad old days in the Deep South. So after several days, I finally decided to walk to Dillard’s at the Galleria shopping mall because I knew they sold shoe care products in the men’s clothing section.

Dillard’s is one of my favorite stores for purchasing clothes. The place has a comforting traditional air about it and the sales assistants are old-school. They genuinely know a lot about the products they are selling. They also have a restrained way of talking to customers and seem to be genuinely interested in helping them find exactly what they want. The store has several locations around Houston but the Galleria location is right next to the 610 Loop freeway in its own building on the east side of the main shopping center. I walked to the store from my hotel because I needed the exercise and it was a bright sunny but cool day. Perfect for a long walk, although in actuality it took me only about 20 minutes to walk there. After walking east along Westheimer and then turning right on Post Oak, I crossed the road next to Neiman Marcus and entered the side entrance to Dillard’s. The doors here open onto the ladies’ makeup area so I walked straight ahead through this part of the store until I arrived in the men’s clothing section. Shoes and related products are on display over to the left.

The thing I really like about buying shoes and shoe-related products at this location is that everything is on display in one small corner of the store, which makes it easy to find what I need; all of the products are of a high quality; the styles tend to be fairly traditional; and the prices are generally reasonable, especially during sales when discounts are usually considerable. Dillard’s sells its own line of shoe care products as well as those branded by Johnson & Murphy. I spoke to one of the sales assistants about my particular pair of shoes, which I was wearing, for some help with selecting the right product. She pointed me to Dillard’s own brand of leather lotion packaged in a silver plastic container. The description on the packaging promised to “gently clean, restore and moisturize fine leather footwear,” so I hoped it would do the trick. After finalizing the purchase, I had a quick look around the store since there were still some clothes sale items available, after which I headed back to my hotel. I find it reassuring to do business with a store that makes it so easy to find what you need. This is especially important when you are traveling; when you don’t normally have a lot of time to search for things you may have forgotten to bring with you. You just want to get what you need to make your trip a success.

The following are some of the reasons why I like this Dillard’s location:

  1. It is within walking distance of many Galleria-area hotels. This is ideal for travelers staying in the Galleria area.
  2. The section for shoes and related products is easy to find on the first floor.
  3. The selection of shoe care products is comprehensive and of a high quality.
  4. The store is located in a safe part of town and is a short walk from one of the largest Starbucks cafés in Houston, located at Post Oak and Westheimer. So after buying some shoe care products at Dillard’s, travelers can walk over to the café to relax with a cup of coffee.
  5. I first visited Houston in 1987 – before moving there – and Dillard’s was one of the stores that I visited on that trip. This Dillard’s location has been here for years, so it is a reliable source from which to buy shoe care products.

Many visitors to Houston will visit the Galleria shops because they are located in one of the most well-known and central shopping malls in the city. Visitors who find they have forgotten to bring shoe care products to keep their shoes in good condition during their travels will find what they need at the Galleria-area Dillard’s. The sales assistants are helpful and will help the busy traveler to find what is needed with the minimum of fuss.