Travelling can be stressful at the best of times so travelling with a mental illness, like anxiety or depression, could be a particularly nerve racking experience. However there are plenty of ways to cope with the anxieties associated with travelling and mental health, read the summary below of the fairly conclusive list IAMAT provides:
Time is always important and for a vast number of different reasons. First of all, make sure you have enough of it! Don’t leave packing to the last minute. Set alarms a little earlier than you think you might need them to give yourself leeway for unexpected delays. To ensure you catch the right modes of transport at the right time, arrive at the relevant stations or ports at appropriately early time before departure. For example if you are catching a train that leaves every twenty minutes all day, then perhaps come 10minutes earlier than you need to. For an airplane ticket that leaves once (or else you have to buy another very expensive ticket) and for which there are always big security queues and often delays whilst you’re at the airport trying to navigate to the right gates and desks at the right time then your best bet is to arrive 2 or maybe 4 hours early.
On the other hand with travelling and mental health, relaxation time is important when you are actually on your holiday. Being punctual getting to your destination is essential, yes, but once you are there you must ensure you take the time to actually enjoy yourself whilst travelling. Take in the sights, enjoy the company you are with, try not to think about things you have to do too much. To really help you relax while you have actually travelled to your holiday, it would help to make a very flexible day to day plan of how you would like to enjoy your time. Emphasis on the flexible there! If your plan is set in stone then not only will you be stressed about sticking to it, but you will also not have a chance to be impulsive and enjoy the potentially unforeseen opportunities you mightn’t have thought of before hand.
Though planning a holiday should involve a lot of flexibility the two things that you must stick to are transport timetables and your own medications. Take out travel insurance that covers you for your mental health condition, pack extra medication and ensure your planned destination has facilities which could provide emergency treatment.
Ultimately, this should be your main concern when on holiday, that is why you’ve travelled all that way! As long as you have the essentials down (getting there on time, all of your medication safety precautions secured) then you must concentrate on having a good time, whatever that entails. Choose your destination and activities based on exactly what you like to do and throw in some variety for a surprise, variety is the spice of life and you might just discover a new hobby to enjoy.