A Hawaii vacation should be fun, relaxing, and even transformative. However, the stress of traveling in Hawaii is real, and it’s more real now than ever. We see it clearly in your comments. Furthermore, travel is not exactly what it used to be in myriad ways. Welcome to the new world.
Whether you’re headed on a regular trip to the Hawaii you love, or the trip of a lifetime to the islands, it’s hard to avoid worry, anxiety, stress, and high blood pressure. Here’s why and what you can do about it.
Researchers believe that more stressful Hawaii travel experiences are related to advance trip planning and itinerary choices. Once in Hawaii, stressors include weather, traffic, flight delays, and disagreements between travel partners.
Hawaiian travel anxiety is largely related to the fear of the unknown. As we’re just traveling back in the post-Covid world, things aren’t quite all that familiar either. There is more tension also about planning the trip and what to expect when you are here. While some of that worry is inevitable, it can also ruin your vacation, and it’s the last thing anyone wants.
We look at how to manage the stress of traveling to Hawaii: causes, symptoms, and treatment.
Reasons for travel stress in Hawaii.
It varies from person to person of course. Jeff has been a traveler around the world his whole life, but to this day indoors, and many people in close proximity to him, excite him. Other people may find that Hawaiian travel anxiety is their norm, and it may be caused by a bad trip or out of the obvious. Jeff was once on a very turbulent Delta L-1011 flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu. He hasn’t completely forgotten about it in over 30 years, and when there’s a major turmoil, he brings it up all over again.
1. Fear of flying or long flights over water. This is among the most common causes of travel anxiety in Hawaii. Other aspects of flight fear include the experience of taking off and landing, high turbulence, and the fear associated with being away for up to three hours from the nearest landing place on a Hawaiian flight. Fear of plane crashes, and of course claustrophobia in general, or on long flights are other factors.
2. claustrophobia or fear of being in public places. Who hasn’t experienced some of that because of Covid? It is said that this has increased significantly in the past two years and we have no doubts.
3. Worry about returning to everyday life after your vacation in Hawaii.
4. Worry about your Hawaii travel plans. This can include concerns about costs (yes!), and experiences that meet your expectations, including accommodations, car rentals, restaurants, activities, shopping, and public interactions.
5. Jet lag. A long trip to Hawaii, 5 to 10 hours, increases the potential for anxiety, malaise and of course, travel fatigue.
6. Changes in daily routines, Hawaiian culture shock, and the unexpected can exacerbate stress. Also, a perceptible loss of control compared to normal life.
Hawaii travel anxiety symptoms.
1. Difficulty concentrating.
2. Increased irritability.
3. Feeling tired.
4. Upset stomach.
5. High pulse or blood pressure.
7. Shortness of breath.
8. General malaise.
9. Sleep disturbance.
10. Mood swings.
Techniques for coping with the stresses of traveling in Hawaii
1. Know what your triggers are and deal with them proactively. For example, one of you might mean taking enough food with you when you travel so that it is not dependent on the airline or whether a restaurant is open and available. Exhaustion before your Hawaii vacation is also a formula for trouble. So do whatever you can to get comfortable, ready, and ready to enjoy Hawaii.
2. Good planning, calm and fun. Get your ducks in a row, so to speak. Check online maps before you drive to where you are in Hawaii and not at the last minute. Find your flight enough to have many options. Take care of things at home so you don’t have to worry too much about what you leave behind. Organize your trip, to make it as enjoyable as the trip to Hawaii itself. Immerse yourself in YouTube videos depicting where you plan to go in Hawaii.
3. Come to Hawaii ready. This means being in a physical condition to participate in the Hawaii activities that you and your travel partners desire. Don’t become a travel statistic.
4. Make flights to Hawaii fun. Book a direct flight to your destination as often as possible. Saving a bit, but having to stop multiple times with layovers isn’t a recipe for a good Hawaii vacation.
Once you’re on board, do the things you enjoy to help pass the time. Listening to Hawaiian music comes to mind. And by planning that trip, do you know how to access the entertainment on your airline’s flight to Hawaii? It wouldn’t be a bad idea to check it before leaving the house.
5. Manage your expectations in Hawaii. While planning and anticipating a great Hawaii vacation is normal, unrealistic expectations, especially now, can lead to disappointment and increased travel stress in Hawaii. Set the bar to a low level to avoid this phenomenon. Don’t plan to be at one end of the island, for one thing, and immediately rush across the island in search of something else. Do you realize that the traffic here can be as bad as anywhere on the mainland? The same goes for the changing islands in the middle of the vacation, too. You lose a lot of time and have major traffic problems on changing islands, including airports, rental cars, and hotels. Plan accordingly.
6. Take your time to enjoy the different pace of life in Hawaii.
We all know crunches are a major stress factor. So give yourself enough time and don’t rush things; This is not the way here. Please come to Hawaii with a positive attitude and accept the things you find, even when they are just as you expected or hoped. Prepare to enjoy the new people and experiences that are different here from those on the mainland.
7. Plan time to de-stress when you get back from your Hawaii vacation. Can you take a day or two off after returning to fully enjoy the benefits of being in Hawaii?
And in conclusion, if you’ve ever experienced travel anxiety in Hawaii before, take it seriously. We want you to enjoy your trip and come back to Hawaii again.
What are your tips for a stress-free vacation to Hawaii right now? Please add your comments below.