How To Deal With Travel Anxiety | Clozette

The definition and significance of travelling has changed over the past couple of years. What was perceived as a luxury before is now considered a necessity to seek refuge from the fast-paced lifestyle that feels oh-so-normal to us.

With the excitement of travel also comes the inevitable pre-travel jitters. Just the thought of leaving your routines for even just a short getaway may cause some unwarranted stress — but we got your back! Take note of these five simple steps to overcoming travel anxiety.

Know that it’s totally normal to be nervous 

We’re all used to going about the normality of our routines to the point that it has become our second nature, so surely, leaping out of the usual setup is scary. But go ahead, take that step at booking that plane ticket. Know that you deserve a break once in a while.

Create a tangible timeline

Is your workload causing you the stress and making you hesitant to travel? Has the idea of going on a getaway been clouding your timetable? Instead of using it as an excuse to not take that leap, use it as a motivation to get things done. Making notes always help!

Instead of setting alarms on your phone and having your to-do list mesh with your fast-paced lifestyle, take time to deviate away from your usual digital setup and create tangible notes instead. Not only is writing proven to be more effective than typing, it’ll also make you feel grounded and ease your worries about leaving a task undone before you leave.

Treat it as just another challenge 

Ever had a career hurdle that you managed with ease in the end? If the uncertainty of travelling is getting to your nerves, try correlating it to another challenge that you overcame as a part of your daily routine. If you can survive that challenge, you can definitely conquer an activity that serves as an escape from stress in the first place.

Prepare things day-by-day 

Making sure that you take steps in prepping things one at a time can also help ease the pre-travel jitters. Dedicate each day to prepare your travel necessities from most to least important, set them aside and start putting them into your luggage. This way, you don’t have to worry about cramming once your travel date draws near. It also gives you enough time to remember where and how you packed everything.

Be open to spontaneity

Anticipating that you need to go point by point with your itinerary or trying to fit your schedule on the dot will surely make you feel more anxious about the trip. Just open yourself up to the possibility of exploring a little bit of the ‘unknown’. Travel planning can be stressful, but being open to the idea that leaving some room for spontaneity can be a good thing too.

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This year, Singapore is celebrating its 53rd year of independence. The small nation has already given significant contributions on culture, business and even lifestyle in its short span of freedom, making us anticipate what's more to come from the country. But other than the glory of being known on a socio-political level, the streets of SG is also home to sleek and chic fashion looks. So to join the Lion City's continuous growth as a country, here are some red and white looks you can sport on the special day depending on your vibe. 

Brilliantly bold

Uniqlo Love & Mickey Mouse Collection 3/4 Sleeve T-Shirt, SGD19.90 (available 17 August at Uniqlo Orchard Central Flaghip and online at; available in all other Uniqlo stores on 3 September); Valentino Garavani Candystud Bag, price unavailable; Pomelo Fashion Mini Corduroy Button Down Skirt, SGD 24.00; Chloé Fall Winter 2018  Red Boots, price unavailable

Want a bold outfit that's perfect for an entire day's worth of fun? Mix and match textures, prints and fabrics through a comfy top, a corduroy skirt and some killer booties that make a statement for a showstopper look that's still comfy to wear the entire day. Match it with an edgy yet chic handbag for all your daily necessities.

Minimalist mood

Pomelo Fashion Ribbed Polo Shirt, SGD 34.00; Pomelo Fashion High Waist Belted Tapered Pants, SGD 44.00.jpg; Pomelo Fashion Clear Center Buckled Cross Body Bag, SGD 44.00; Bata National Day Kicks in White, SGD46.95

Are you a minimalist? Add small details to your usual outfit by mixing a ribbed top with some chic tapered pants embellished with its own cinch belt, then top it off with cute sneaks created especially for National Day for a new take on a patriotic look.  Finish the look with an interesting but still minimalistic handbag to complete the clean-cut look.  

Elegant elements

Pomelo Fashion Velvet Surplice Flounce Sleeve Bodysuit, SGD 34.00; Pomelo Fashion High Waist Heart Zip Wide Leg Pants, SGD 44.00; Diamante Heart Link Drop Earrings, SGD 14.00; Tory Burch Rory Printed Tote in North Nappa, price unavailable

Have fancy plans laid down for your celebration? We say pull out your best suit — bodysuit, that is. Pair it with a simple yet classy pair of white pants and some simple dangling earrings for a soft and romantic look, completed with an embroidered tote as your statement piece. 

Cherry bomb

PH5 Jacinta Tank Jumpsuit, price unavailable; Elletronico Helen L Cherry Tote, SGD95; Translucent Thin Cat Eye Sunglasses, SGD 19.00; Bata Single Strapped Sandals in White, price unavailable

If a red and white ensemble is one of your favourite colour combinations to play with, go full-on cherry chic! Slip on a jumpsuit and complete it with cool accessories like a graphic tote and cat-eye sunnies for a cheeky and playfully fun vibe. 

Casual and comfy

6IXTY8IGHT Maroon Shorts, SGD13.90; 6IXTY8IGHT Sail Tee, SGD13.90; PANDORA Autumn '18 Floating Grains Necklace, SGD159; Bata Cross Toe Sandals in White, price unavailable

Not everyone is up for a loud day out. Some prefer to celebrate at home, watching the National Day parade on TV, surrounded by some homemade food and chill company. But that doesn't mean you must skip out on style. A comfy tee with cute detailing, lounge shorts, and some sandals are great for an effortlessly cool ensemble. Add in a small, but still unintrusive, accessory for a pop of detail that gives your casual outfit a special touch just for the occasion.

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