My Summer Plans

Hello friends, if you are reading this you have found your way to my little comfy corner of the internet.

I hope you are all enjoying the lovely warm weather we have had over the last few weeks. I thought this week I would share with you a few trips that I have got planned for the summer months.

This Tuesday my friend and I are going on a road trip to visit our other friend who studies in Bristol. We have been planning this reunion for a long time and I can’t quite believe that it is finally here. We don’t get to meet up as group very often so it will be lovely to spend some quality time with each other. A good catch up is definitely needed!

I have only been to Bristol once before and that was a day visit so I’m excited to spend a few days there. On Wednesday we are planning on driving to Weston Super Mare and spending the day at the beach, just hoping the weather will hold out. So far we haven’t planned anything else. We are quite indecisive so we will probably spend quite a while deciding what to do but I can’t wait to spend some time with them. (I’ll probably write a post about what we get up to when I get back).

At the end of July I’m going on my family vacation to the quiet seaside location of Sea Palling. I’ve never been there before but I’m really excited to explore and spend some quality time with my family. Personally I really enjoy quiet places when we go away. I like escaping the hustle and bustle of life, taking in the peace and quiet of my surroundings and its quite nice having the whole beach to ourselves.

For the past few years we have taken our dog with us and if I’m being honest, I think he enjoys it the most. I love watching the sea air blowing through his fur as he’s running up and down the shore. He is not a huge fan of the sea, he is more a paw dipper, but he definitely enjoys playing on the beach. Last year when we told him that it was our last day he didn’t want to leave and whined the whole back to the house we were renting. Now when we tell him we are going to the beach, he gets so excited!

But what I’m most looking forward to, is spending time with my family. A chance to escape the mundane rituals of life, away from the everyday stresses. A chance to appreciate each other’s company and create new memories.

We are also planning a weekend away camping at the end of August. A few years ago we brought all the camping gear and honestly I love it. I find it so relaxing, not being surrounded by technology and losing track of time. I thought I would miss not having all my creature comforts but I don’t miss them at all, though I don’t think I could be without them for longer than a week. I love the way we can spontaneously decide to pack up the car and have a break.

I know for some people that traveling can be daunting and cause anxiety. So here are 4 tips to help you make the most of your time away:

1. Plan your time- Make sure you know exactly where you are going and know what time you can check in etc. This will help to relieve the stress of any uncertainties and getting lost before the holiday begins. However, if you do get lost, try not to panic. Think of it as part of the adventure and if you need to, ask people for help. Most people would be more than willing to help you.

2. Take your favourite book or music playlist- If the travelling part worries you try to distract yourself. Listen to your favourite music or read your favourite book. Take your mind out of the stressful situation and escape to your place of safety.

3. Research the area- I’m sure you have done this when you booked the holiday but have a quick google search of all the facilities and amenities there are. Are there any shops nearby? Or places for days out? What do other people think of the area? Are the amenities in walking distance? etc.

4. Change your mind set- Instead of focusing on everything that could go wrong and the negatives, think about all the wonderful memories you are going to make. You deserve to give yourself a break and enjoy yourself. It’s your time to relax.

Before I go… If you follow my blog regularly (thank you, I really appreciate your support) then you will be know that I didn’t post last week. For some reason, I don’t know why because I had multiple posts written, but I woke up Friday and didn’t have the strength or courage to press the publish button. Sometimes I can be my own worst enemy.

Although it may not seem like it, but I find it very difficult to open up about how I feel and sometimes this can take its toll on me. If I’m being honest I think I needed a week to reflect on why I started blogging. I created this place to share my thoughts and feelings and hopefully help you along the way. I want this to be a place where we all feel safe and less alone. So I have decided that I am going to take the pressure of myself. I am still going to try and post every Friday but if some weeks I need to take a break, I will. Also throughout the summer months I will be fairly busy so may not be able to post every week. If you would like to be kept updated with my posts please follow my blog and sign up for email subscription.

In the meantime I’d love to hear about what holidays and trips you have got planned. Have you got any tips to help combat travel anxiety?

Until next time

Karlena
xx

 

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