3 Ways to Reduce the Stress of Traveling

Being able to travel is a luxury. One that we’re blessed to be able to indulge in from time to time. But sometimes when you’re on the road it’s easy to forget this and we end up feeling less blessed and more...well, stressed!

If this happens to you, don’t worry, there isn’t something wrong with you. Getting stressed while traveling happens to even the most seasoned road warriors. Dealing with unfamiliar languages, temperatures, smells, foods and people, is confusing, exhausting and stress-inducing.

To some extent a bit of travel anxiety is all part of the journey. Travel stress however should never get so persistent that it begins to ruin your entire trip. To prevent this from happening there are some tried and tested things I do to ensure my travel stress is kept packed away in my suitcase. Read on below to find out what they are...

1. Slow Down

...or better yet, stay still.

I know the idea of going traveling just to stay still sounds a little like it is against the whole idea of travel in the first place but believe me it isn’t. Taking time to get to know a place in depth is far more rewarding, and much less stressful, than jumping from bus, to train, to plane, in a rush to tick destinations off some mythical list.  

I’ve met so more travelers than I care to remember who have frankly been broken by their trip. Night buses quickly take their toll. I’ve found that travelers fatigue and stress kick in much more quickly when we move too much. I learnt this the hard way when attempting to see all of Vietnam in two weeks. And I mean ALL of it.

Now I travel slowly. I aim to stay at least a week or two in each place, and often much longer. Now I don’t care if I get to see far fewer places per trip. Instead I get to chill out, unpack my bag and treat each place as a home away from home.

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As a result I get to see a different side of towns. I rent a room instead of staying in a hotel. I will usually get my hands on a bike or a scooter and as a result I get to discover more about an area. I get to find out where the best local food is and I even start making friends with the people who live there. The most stressful part of my trips now is usually the day I have leave!

2. Sleep More

When I first started travelling I was always so excited to be anywhere that I went a little crazy. I took the attitude that I’ll sleep when I’m old.

Now I am a little older (not quite old yet thank you very much) I’ve realized that poor-quality sleep is one of the main reasons so many travelers end up feeling a little bit stressed out.

It’s often easier said than done getting a good night’s rest on the road. New, unfamiliar sleeping arrangements don’t always lead immediately to good sleep. But there are a number of things you can do to ensure sleep comes easier when traveling.

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Utilizing amazing high-tech products like $1 earplugs and eye mask can do wonders if you are sleeping in a hostel dorm or hotel room with thin walls and thinner curtains. While taking a night off the booze every now and again can quickly improve your sleep. Spending the money saved on drink on a slightly nicer hotel room can help too.

Most importantly, I’ve found keeping my usual regular pre-bed routine, bringing some simple sleep luxuries from home and avoiding screens in the evening all have the biggest impact.

For more hints on getting a proper night's sleep, whether you’re at home or on the road, read what the sleep experts have to say » view page.

3. Have a purpose

Once again, I know many will think that going traveling with a purpose sounds a little too much like work. Travel should be about leaving responsibility behind right? Again, yes and no. Once more allow me to explain.

A lot of people go traveling and just expect it to be amazing. And quite often it is. But if things don’t turn out quite as we expected, or hoped, we begin to get stressed. For some all that freedom can turn out to be too much to handle.

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With no goals and nothing to fill your day except worrying about where you’ll have a beer later, each hour that you aren’t doing something can for some feel like a waste. Now I’m certainly not suggesting you should treat your trip like work. Heaven forbid! But I have found that having a purpose for a trip can make it so much more rewarding.

This can be as simple as wanting to learn a language or as complicated as wanting to climb a particular mountain. It can be as rewarding as volunteering at a local organization. Or it could be as basic as wanting to finally finish those five books that have been on your reading list for the last ten years. Whatever it is, having a sense of purpose can really enhance your travel experience and reduce stress. Yay!

Well, there you have it – three ways I have found to reduce my stress levels when traveling. They worked wonders for me, hopefully they will do the same for you.

Good luck and happy travels!

What's In My Suitcase? | Travel Must-Haves for Spring Style & Beauty

In a few weeks, I'll be headed to Colorado for my yearly spring getaway and I'm already thinking about the items I'll be packing to make my trip as smooth as possible! I've partnered with Babbleboxx to share five of my must-have style and beauty essentials for your suitcase. These are the things that make traveling simpler and my bags much lighter!

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Stylish Opticals

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I've been known to travel with several pairs of sunglasses in additional to my regular glasses. A girl's got to have options, right? Zenni is an affordable optical option with a super up-to-date and trendy selection. No longer do you have to compromise cute glasses for an awesome price (or optical health), so you can build your eyewear "wardrobe" with ease. Their prices start at $6.95 for single vision prescription glasses or sunglasses! *high five*

Until recently, I never really thought about how much blue light can affect eyesight! If you're unfamiliar with the concept of blue light, it is emitted from digital devices, fluorescent lights and LED which can eventually cause strain and blurred vision with prolonged exposure. The Beyond UV Blue Blocker technology prevents blue light from passing through the eye while wearing glasses. As a blogger and social media manager who is always glued to my phone and computer, I loved my pair (style: 4429039) and would highly recommend! Bye bye, headaches.

When I was away from my digital devices and enjoying the sunny spring weather, I slipped on my Premium Cat-Eye Tortoiseshell Sunglasses (top) from the Spring 2018 collection. If you don't have tortoiseshell colored glasses, they're a must and wardrobe staple! 

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Versatile Undergarments

One of my worst wardrobe scenarios when traveling is realizing that I don't have the proper undergarments for an outfit. Having to make an extra trip to find a new bra and spend money on something you may already have back at home is never an ideal situation! Luckily, Bali makes traveling with your cute new spring 'fits simpler with their One Smooth U Strapless Multiway Underwire Bra. The multiway straps included allow for eight different ways to wear the bra, so no matter if you have a strapless maxi or a racerback blouse, Bali has your back with its breathable material, lightweight feel and smoothing no-slip technology! 

Recommendation: I found that the band size of this particular bra does run small, so try going up one to two band sizes for comfort. Band size is the measurement around your body just under the bust -- not your cup size.

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Effortless Sandals

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Tons of clothing options are a must but if I can help it, I like to travel with only a few pairs of shoe that can be styled with several outfits! It makes life so much simpler to just slip them on and go. The Badgley Mischka Honest Platform Evening Shoe is a beautiful platform wedge (also available in silver) that streamlines elegance into its signature, simple Hollywood style. I actually wore them with skinny jeans while traveling to SXSW last month and the other day with a floral jumpsuit -- the possibilities and compliments are endless. It's definitely a staple shoe that can be dressed up or down with its glamorous metallic gold details. 

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Beauty Sleep Essentials

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Even while I'm traveling, I take my skincare routine very seriously -- probably more than makeup. I've experienced some of the worst breakouts while on trips due to the change in climate and other environmental factors. I'd always been familiar with Colleen Rothschild, but had an opportunity to really be introduced to the brand last year at Indie Beauty Expo. Personally, I appreciate that Colleen's products are a blend of both plant botanical and advanced science ingredients to help achieve glowing results. The products are also free of parabens, SLS/SLES sulfates, triclosan, formaldehyde, PABA, toluene, and benzene. Here's a quick two-step nightly routine:

After a long day of traveling, the Radiant Cleansing Balm quickly melts all dirt, makeup and impurities with the help of moringa and loofah seed oils. It's incredible and makes cleansing much less of a pain! When cleansing, I like to press a warm muslin cloth over my face for about 7 to 10 minutes before wiping away and exfoliating my skin. Not only is it therapeutic, but it helps your skin really take in the nutrients from the ingredients. Muslin cloths make excellent gentle exfoliators and one even comes with the Radiant Cleansing Balm. 

I always grab a night serum or oil. Whenever I have an annoying breakout whether from the climate or hormones, I can usually knock it out quickly overnight. The Retinol Supreme Night Oil is a sleeping elixir that contains a high concentration of stabilized retinol which helps renew the skin more rapidly, highly potent Vitamin C to fight free radicals and environmental toxins and 9 plant-based oils to deeply nourish and replenish the skin. Overnight serums and oils have saved my life, so I recommend keeping one in your suitcase especially if you're a frequent traveler!

Save some coins and try Colleen Rothschild products (regular-priced only) with 20% off your purchase using code JALEESA20 at checkout through end of 2018

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Multi-Purpose Cosmetics

You may have peeped the Erin's Faces Magic Dust in my suitcase with a bit of curiosity. If you've followed my blog, you know that I am a huge makeup enthusiast -- I have tons of it! However, I like to keep my makeup bag fairly light whether I'm on the road or flying at 30,000 feet.

Magic Dust is a multi-purpose soft, gold shimmer that can be used several ways and save you plenty of space in your bag. A light dust across the lid for eyeshadow and cheekbone for highlight with a soft makeup look and I'm ready to go! Jetting through the airport, exploring cities, at events, anywhere. Here are more creative ways you can use this vegan Magic Dust:

  • Dust on the body (arms, collarbone, etc.)
  • Add it to nail polish for poppin' fingertips
  • In your face mist or setting spray for an all-over glow
  • As regular cheekbone and face highlight
  • As eyeshadow on the lid or under your browbone
  • On the center of your lips with lipstick or lipgloss for dimension

Glow up and try Erin's Faces Magic Dust for 10% off with code MAGICDUST at checkout until April 30, 2018

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What are some of your style and beauty travel essentials? Add these to your suitcase before heading to your next destination!

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com

Road to Style at SXSW with Mazda3 Sport

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Last month, my blogger friend Airika and I attended our very first SXSW weekend! We sported from Dallas to Austin in a gorgeous snowflake white pearl 2018 Mazda Mazda3 Sport for a very easy 3 hour drive. This vehicle was on trend and perfect especially for a quick weekend trip and city driving at 30 miles per gallon combine city and highway. Translation: this car is great on gas!

Here were some of my favorite road trip features:

To see more of our time during the festival, check out @JaleesaCharisse and @TheAirYouNeed on Instagram!

This drive was courtesy of Mazda, but all opinions and thoughts are my own.

Girls Weekend Trip to Overland Park, Kansas City

A quick weekend girls trip is such a fabulous way to get away and relax with some of your closest girlfriends. Visit Overland Park invited myself and a friend to Kansas City to see all of the amazing activities and food the city has to offer.

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The flight was very quick and my plane landed at Kansas City International Airport in no time! I was super excited to explore a new place and could hardly wait to get the itinerary rolling the next day. The airport was approximately 45 minutes away from Overland Park, so as soon as Leah and I checked-in to our room at Hyatt Place, we grabbed a bite to eat at Stroud’s and returned back to the hotel to rest up for a full day.

Morning Bite from McLain's Market

Just a breeze away from our hotel, we started our morning at McLain’s Market for a quick bite to eat before our spa appointment. Can’t enjoy spa services on an empty, growling stomach! There were so many freshly baked pastries to choose from, but I settled on the avocado toast and Sunrise juice which were both so delicious. It gave me just the boost I needed!

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Serenity at Sunlight Day Spa

Sunlight Day Spa had the most serene environment that made me wish I could slip away to the spa every single day on my lunch hour. Leah received a customized 60-minute facial which included steaming, masks, extractions and everything else needed for a holiday glow.

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Afterwards, we were both able to hop in one of Sunlight’s mPulse chromotherapy saunas. They’re actually available to purchase upstairs at the spa and would definitely make the ultimate “gift to self”. We relaxed and chatted in the sauna for about 30 minutes with the company of YouTube, Twitter, Netflix, Pandora and more. It was the real deal.

Mini Holiday Shopping Spree at Oak Park Mall

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Following our spa visit, we were whisked away via Uber to Oak Park Mall. I love a trip with good shopping and this mall had all of the stores I love such as Nordstrom, Lush and Sephora. 

Kansas City's Most Coveted BBQ from Q39

After our first full girls day out, we spent time at the hotel watching Christmas classics before heading to dinner at one of Kansas City’s hottest BBQ spots. When we asked friends on social media where we should visit and eat, Q39 was one of the top named restaurants. We were encouraged to try it out, but with a reservation. Being from Texas where BBQ lives, we were a little skeptical at first.

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This newly opened location was completely packed with diners ready to feast their tastebuds on burnt ends and Q39’s special barbecue sauces. Luckily, we did have a reservation! We each ordered a drink and started with the bacon wrapped shrimp before indulging in a plate with our choice of two meats, apple coleslaw and fries. Leah and I were completely stuffed! Our minds were blown by the sauces and the meats were all cooked to perfection. From two Texas girls, we approve!

Weekend Brunch at Room 39

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On our final morning in Overland Park, we awoke from our foodie comas for brunch at Room 39. I’m always down for a hearty breakfast or brunch! 

I skipped on mimosas for this one, but we each ordered the challah french toast topped with a mixed berry compote and cinnamon whipped ricotta with a glass of fresh orange juice…and it was delicious. It was served with crispy potatoes and bacon. If I’ve learned anything from my visit to Kansas City, it’s that there are lots of potatoes in every form, and they’re tasty.

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Blend Your Own Beauty

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After breakfast, we blended our own fragrances at Blend! I live for customized beauty and thought this concept was so neat. You can choose from several notes in essential oils to create your own fragrance, shower gels, lotions, and more! If you know what types of scents someone loves, this would be the perfect holiday gift. You can even recreate some of your favorite designer fragrances.

Leah prefers clean scents, so she chose rain/shower essential oils; my own preferences vary, but I was in the mood for something tropical to remind me of my summer trip to Kauai, so I chose Monoi de Tahiti (one of my favorite floral scents) and Hibiscus Passion.

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Ditch Your Diet | Indulge in Decadent Delectables

It’s the holidays and probably the last time to indulge in those sweets you said you’d give up last New Year! Decadent Coffee and Dessert Bar was the happy place we stumbled upon at Prairiefire Shopping Center. Initially, it caught my eye because the shop was pink…and then I spotted a sign outside with hot chocolate and other treats! Once we got inside, there was classic holiday music playing, it was warm and there were desserts galore. Leah and I were SOLD.

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She got the pecan pie à la mode and I picked the apple turnover drizzled with icing. As if that wasn’t already enough, we both sipped on hot chocolate so rich that we were ready to take a nap right in Decadent’s plush pink chairs.

Evening Wine Dive

On our final evening in Overland Park, we Ubered to Louie’s Wine Dive for cocktails and bites. There’s nothing like wine, girlfriends and lots of laughs to end a good trip! We ordered The “Overland Park” which was Louie’s version of a classic Old Fashioned and the Sinatra Burger. We thoroughly enjoyed our cocktails and they were crafted with tons of flavor — no watered down drinks here! For dessert, we ordered the beignets with a rum butter sauce.

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Overland Park has plenty to offer whether you’re traveling with girlfriends or family! It’s a quick weekend destination especially from Dallas and, from what we’ve seen and heard, is growing rather quickly. There were so many more spots I wanted to visit, so I can’t wait to journey back to Kansas City to explore again. Planning a girls trip to Overland Park? Definitely visit some of the places from our itinerary!

This trip was sponsored by Visit Overland Park.