Traveling can sometimes be a stressful experience. In Nairobi, Kenya, increased airport security and notorious traffic congestion have made flying-out from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport more hectic in recent years.
Whether you’re traveling for a long-awaited vacation, a business conference, a new semester at school, or simply to see loved ones, there are some simple steps that can help reduce the stress of your next trip.
Don’t Get Sick
One of the worst things is not feeling your best when you’re on an adventure. To avoid getting sick from the stress of travel and the re-circulated air in an airplane, boost your immune system with vitamins and a great night of sleep prior to your travels.
Eat Well, But Light
Eating a light healthy meal before a trip to the airport is imperative if you want to avoid imbalanced blood sugar levels. Also, you avoid the stress of buying expensive food at the airport or to rely on in-flight meals that often disappoint in taste or even nutritional value.
With the unpredictable traffic on Mombasa Road, it’s advisable to allow yourself ample time before your flight to reduce the stress of going through security, checking-in bags, and making it to your gate. Driving to JKIA during off-peak hours will dramatically reduce the amount of time of you sitting in traffic. So why not get to the airport earlier at a beautiful spot and wait?
If you arrive early, grab a coffee, help yourself to some free Wi-Fi, cocktails, and great snacks at Four Points by Sheraton, Nairobi Airport. If you plan well, you can even fit in a massage or a relaxing swim at the rooftop infinity pool that looks out over Nairobi National Park.
Find Your Happy Place
Having the right attitude and mindset is half the battle. Rather than focusing on traveling being stressful or a hassle, remember that it is also an adventure. Sometimes the adventure can turn into quite the challenge, but if you maintain a positive attitude then you’ll be able to at least enjoy the process of arriving at your chosen destination.