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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Tips for the Anxious Traveler & More Paris Pictures


Hey everyone! It's Saturday night, and I am finally wrapping up my Europe blog posts. We had such a great trip and made so many memories.

This is part two to my Paris photo diary, as well as traveling tips for the anxious traveler. As I briefly mentioned in my previous post, I was so nervous for this trip! I have been flying since before I could talk, and every year since then, and for some reason, this year, I just had so much anxiety. "Is the plane going to crash?" "Will there be an attack?" "Is someone going to pour acid on me?" I had all of these crazy thoughts going through my head before my trip and I am going to share with you how I was able to ease my nerves and enjoy myself!

10 Tips for the Anxious Traveler
  1. Familiarize Yourself With Facts: This one helped me A LOT with the flight! For the first time ever, I had a fear that my plane was going to crash! I researched the probability of a plane crash like crazy. Turns out the odds of you dying from a plane crash are 1 in 11 million, where as dying in a car crash are 1 in 5 thousand. Facts like these really allowed me to calm my nerves. Even if a plane does crash, you have a 95% chance of surviving! Remember that next time you fly. P.s. my flights both ways were amazing, we experienced hardly any turbulence and there were no delays. It is so pointless to get worked up over things you can't control.
  2. Make an Itinerary: England is my second home, so I really just went wherever the wind took me while there. Paris was another story... With all of the recent attacks going on and personally knowing a relative of a terror attack victim, I was so afraid that something was going to happen! Not only did I research all the Do's and Don't for Paris, I also planned out every single day that we were there. To be honest, I felt safe when I actually arrived to Paris. The people were friendly and there were a lot of Police around the popular monuments. The ironic thing is my family is afraid to come to America because all of the gun violence you hear on the news.
  3. Meditate: I meditate at least once a day in the evening, for about 15 minutes. Some people meditate in the mornings and others meditate twice a day. This is one way I clear my head and also put my body into complete relaxation. If it is hard for you to sit still for that long, or if you don't know where to start, there are a ton of apps that can assist you. I started with the Headspace app.
  4. Listen to Music to Clear Your Head: I love listening to music. It gets you in the zone, whether it is while you're flying through turbulence or going hard at the gym.
  5.  Pack Everything you May Need and More: I'm not going to lie, I packed 2 1/2 suitcases for this trip! I just did not want to forget anything and I wanted to be prepared for whatever may come up.
  6. Block Out Your Crazy Thoughts: At the end of the day, the crazy things you are thinking probably WON'T HAPPEN! There is no need to worry about things that you can't change, so just think happy thoughts.
  7. Get an International Phone Plan: A lot of phone carriers have International phone plans. AT&T only charged $60 for a month of International data, talk and text. This way you can use maps and do research while you are away from your hotel.
  8. Sleeping Pills or Alcohol: I didn't take any sleeping pills and only had a glass of wine on the plane, but I know many do one or the other. Sleeping through a long flight will definitely make the flight feel shorter and who knows, maybe you'll wake up and be at your final destination!
  9. Have Fun: This is EVERYTHING! Don't let anything stop your shine and keep you from having a good time.
  10. YOLO: You only live once. No day is guaranteed so love life and enjoy every moment of it.

While in Paris we had afternoon tea at the stunning Peninsula Paris. As I mentioned before, this trip made me feel like I was a princess.
 
Seriously, how beautiful is the interior of The Peninsula Paris?!

We had the cutest late dinner at Bacino. I loved that most restaurants didn't open for dinner until 7:00 p.m. The lifestyle is way more lively and intimate there.
Seeing  the Eiffel tower light us was so worth the wait!

10 comments:

  1. I absolutely loved all your London and Paris photos as I just went there recently too and am obsessed with both cities. There is just something so magical about Europe and Paris especially. The Peninsula Hotel is beyond impressive! I didn't go there when I was there last but I definitely want to go back and have tea there. All the architecture, the cafes and the ambiance is amazing. That being said, with all the recent events, I too was a tad anxious at times especially in tourist locations. You just never know, but at the same time you can't prevent that from letting yourself travel and enjoy life. These tips are great for travelers and if you are anxious or stressed in general. I definitely need to learn to mediate as I've heard it's great for your everyday life too! xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

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  2. Hey Darling
    How are you?
    Your Photos are Always Stunning and Love the Styles:)
    Paris is Magical and Never Visited but I will soon:)
    Your Tips are just super Useful, I travel a Lot as you know:)
    Ps: I meditate a Lot and Really helps a Lot:)
    Kisses Hugs
    Karina
    Happy Week

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  3. Great tips dear!

    I went to Paris last fall season and always love being there. Your pictures turned really beautiful. The Peninsula Hotel looks so nice and cozy, love your outfit too.

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  4. I love the topic of this post! Most many people actually think about what to do when they are anxious about their travels. Love the tips you have provided. I'm not an anxious traveler but I will definitely forward this to my friends. Thanks for sharing.

    xx,Jessie
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  5. Hi love,

    Now I’m waiting my flight to Amsterdam and I’m nervous too. Sach a coincidence that I’m readin’ your post now. I love YOLO tip – it always help:) We must remember that we have one life and must enjoy every single moment:)

    xoxo
    Darya

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  6. These tips will definitely be helpful in me taking my first international trip solo in a few months. I am also looking forward to visiting Europe in the near future and will remember these tips. So glad you enjoyed your time there!

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  7. OMG your photos of Paris gives me all the feels, how gorgeous is the Peninsula hotel! So grand and luxurious and I would totally have tea there for sure. It is true that Paris is picturesque in every corner, every street is instaworthy!

    xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom

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  8. Paris is an awesome romantic place. Very nice tips to organize some travels. For sleeping Inroefer to a glass of champagne. Your pictures are very stylish and I like your style .
    Xx
    Eva
    www.themermaidfashion.com

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  9. I absolutely loved all your London and Paris photos. I haven't been both places. The Peninsula Hotel is beyond amazing! I will def. check it this summer! . All the architecture, the cafes and the ambiance is amazing! Love your tips, I also mediate everyday it helps to create a positive toughs and make my day easier.

    xx
    Sirin http://creativeecho.me/

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  10. I absolutely loved your tips for the anxious traveler! Your Paris picks make me want to go back in the worst way - so gorgeous! I loved the way you styled that look with the gray trousers and beret. The The Peninsula Paris is now at the top of my list for when I go back to Paris!

    xo,
    Rachel
    withloveandstyle.com

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