Distractions and Travel Troubles





It’s been a busy time with work and the final renovations of the kitchen. Finally, you’ve scheduled a few days off to visit friends at their beach house. It’s hot and humid and you can almost feel the balmy breezes enveloping you as you sit on the deck near the water’s edge at sundown. You stop at the local gas station to fill the tank and call your friends to let them know you’ll be on the road in a few minutes.  “Hi. We’re almost on the road. We’re so excited to be on our way.” There is a long pause and then a sigh. Your friend says, “You’re not coming here now are you? We’ve got you down for next weekend.”


How often do such vacation scheduling mishaps occur?


For many, summer means some time off to relax. However, the days prior to vacation may be hectic and preclude time to plan and prepare. To avoid the stress and strain of travel troubles, schedule time well before departure to check the logistics, including hotel and other travel reservations. Good planning helps you deal with expected—and unexpected hassles.


Tips to avoid travel troubles:


  • Put reminders in your phone or on your schedule to confirmation hotel or other reservations.  Consider downloading the app, TripCase. It guides you through every stage of your trip, organizing every aspect of your trip at your finger tips.
  • Pack light so you don’t get fatigued and irritated lugging around overstuffed cases.
  • Alert your credit card company about the out-of-town locations you will visit.
  • Make copies or take photographs of your driver’s license, credit, insurance, or discount cards, or confirmations and store in your luggage and/or on your phone.
  • Make a list of your medications and place in a plastic bag for ease when going through security. Take an extra day’s supply in case your return is delayed.
  • Bring some healthy snacks such as dried fruit, granola bars or nuts.
  • Store all chargers, cords, and other devices in a zip-lock, plastic bag to prevent items from loss when in and out of planes, trains, or cars.
  • Post a checklist in your hotel room to remind you to take your digital devices when departing. Check under the bed for shoes or other articles.
  • Prepare for the return by keeping an envelope, plastic bag, or wallet to hold your home parking lot ticket, taxi telephone number, and car keys. Save all receives in an envelope.
  • Allow ample time upon your return to unpack and get ready for your return to the world of work.


Summer vacation time is supposed to be relaxing, but that week away can also be stressful if you have been too distracted to plan ahead.

About Geraldine Markel, Ph.D.

Geraldine Markel, Ph.D. is principal of Managing Your Mind Coaching and Seminars and is author of Defeating the 8 Demons of Distraction: Increasing Productivity and Decreasing Stress. She is co author of Finding Your Focus: Practical Strategies for the Everyday Challenges Facing Adults with ADD and Helping Adolescents with ADD and/or Learning Disabilities. At the University of Michigan, Dr. Markel served as faculty in the School of Education. She coaches adults and adolescents with ADD and/or learning disabilities and specializes in working with independent professionals, writers, and graduate students.
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