Issue 104

07 Grassroots with passion


This is the time of the year when you should be the happiest, with work being relegated to a remote dark corner in your brain and taking its place are wonderful holiday travel plans. You are beaming with joy of anticipation of your holiday trip. Or are you? Why is it that in the end you will be tormented with scenarios such as clenched teeth and raised voice quarrels or anxiety that make you want to clam up instead?

Holiday stress will result from many different factors, but you can take control. Round up the familiar reasons that keep surfacing, work out some solutions and sit back to enjoy your holiday with the frame that it will turn out much better after some planning. Travelling with Parents or In-Laws Many of us face this dilemma; we want to be filial and bring our mums and dads or in-laws on holiday but the prospect of them handling us as children make us want to think otherwise. Solution: Communicate ahead of the trip some ground rules. If you are not footing all bills, make it clear from beginning which ones you are and which ones not. Involve them in the planning of itineraries to accommodate the different interests and preferences. This will help ensure there be no squabbles later. Include alone times with your spouse and let the parents do their own activity. No space in the overhead luggage compartment If we end up with extra pieces of luggage from fruitful shopping sprees during the trip – certainly a common occurrence – be sure to keep to onboard limit both in terms of weight as well as number of pieces, especially if travelling on budget flights. Get into the queue to board early for a better chance to obtain overhead bin compartment space above your seat.

Stay eagle-eyed and look out for overhead bin spaces, never mind that they may be away from your seat; you can always retrieve them when alighting. Another way is to get the crew to help gate-check your bags on the plane. Rest assured that they will follow you back to your destination. Cab rides in unfamiliar places When travelling in taxies overseas we often have the nagging feeling that the driver is taking us for a long ride with the intention to overcharge. Put your mind at ease with prior research of the route; you could also ask the hotel front desk for a rough estimate of travel time and fare. Or, make use of maps in your smartphones to ascertain you are not taken for a ride.

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