At Enigma, we know that travel can be unpredictable. But when things go wrong, there is always a way to turn them around again.
Vacations are meant to be a break from reality and relieve us of our stress. However, anyone who has traveled much would know that reality doesn’t stop while we’re away at the beach or hiking in the Andes Mountains. There are certain elements we can’t control while traveling – such as rainy days and lost luggage – but we can control our attitudes and how we handle the situation. The following are some handy tips for ways to stay positive when travel goes wrong.
1. Get plenty of sleep
We’re all always in a better mood when we’ve had a full night’s sleep. When planning a trip, make sure you are not overbooking yourself every day. Be sure to schedule some rest time so that you can relax and simply enjoy where you are. Being well-rested will help you to keep a clear head if something goes wrong, so don’t underestimate the value of a nap or a free afternoon!
2. Have realistic expectations
When you’re traveling to a different country like Peru, you’re likely to encounter the cultural differences that give travel its charm as well as its challenge. Before going on your trip to Peru, do a little bit of research about Peruvian culture so that you know what to expect. For example, many of the Peruvian locals don’t speak English, so consider familiarizing yourself with the basics of Spanish before boarding the plane.
3. Meditation and yoga
When you hit a bump in the road while traveling, sometimes the best thing you can do is look inward to find relaxation and peace. Many people have found that meditation and yoga can be helpful stress relievers. Luckily for you, Peru is an excellent place to get in touch with your inner Zen. Cusco’s Sacred Valley of the Incas is known for its healing and revitalizing energy, so it’s probably one of the best places in the world to simply breathe deeply and experience something spiritual.
Whatever happens when you’re traveling, it’s always much easier to find a positive perspective when you can indulge in a tasty treat. While the phrase “eat your feelings” may come to mind, just remember that you’re on vacation so you’re allowed to treat yourself anyway.
When traveling in Peru – the gastronomic capital of South America – you can’t go wrong when it comes to comfort food. Between ceviche, lomo saltado, tacu tacu, salchipapas, Ají de gallina, pollo a la brasa and more varieties of potato than you can count, it’s easy to find an enjoyable meal anywhere in the country. On top of that, with chocolate cake, manjar blanco, picarones, mazzamorra and pionono, there are plenty of dessert options to soothe any panging sweet tooth and put you in an instantly better mood. Moreover, Lima is known for its many world-class restaurants. When you have had a flight delay or the weather simply isn’t cooperating, unwind over an expertly-prepared meal at Central, Maido, Rafael, Cala or Astrid & Gastón.
5. Prepare yourself with a positive mindset
In the end, the key to being a happy traveler is to have it set in your mind that you will be a happy traveler. While “finding the silver lining” and “looking on the bright side” may seem cliché, if you are determined to have a positive experience it will be easier to make the most of whatever the world throws your way.
We are what we make of our experiences, but as any seasoned traveler would know, there is no pause button to life while you go on vacation – you’re bound to have a challenge here and there. The most you can do is come prepared and meet every difficult task with a positive attitude.
At Enigma, we know that planning a trip can bring on a world of stress before you even board the plane. However, we’re experts in travel and we’ll do our utmost to make sure your time in Peru is memorable for all the right reasons. Our last tip for staying positive when traveling is to book with Enigma well in advance – and to allow yourself enough time to get to know the destination!