You’ve probably heard it so many times before, even if you’re not a seasoned traveller that it’s all about the journey and not really about the destination. That’s all good and well and it rolls off the tongue quite nicely, but in reality the actual journey isn’t all that nice, especially if you’re travelling far. I mean even if you’re flying first-class (or business class in the case of some airlines), what usually happens is that you jump into a plane and your movements are limited in many ways while it appears as if you’re not really going anywhere and then several hours later you arrive at the airport which isn’t necessarily your final destination.
If you’re travelling somewhere you’ve never been before, you still have to worry about whether or not all your remaining travelling arrangements are going to go according to plan as you make the final stretch of the trip to your final destination — to your base while you’re on holiday.
Look, if you’re taking a road-trip via the Eurotunnel and you’re perhaps just heading over to France as one of your destinations on mainland Europe, it’s a different story. In this instance you can claim that it is indeed about the journey as much as it is about the destination. In this instance a road-trip doubles-up nicely as a good sightseeing opportunity and you could perhaps make some stops along the way as you see fit. That’s a different story. Otherwise the actual trip itself is usually not all that enjoyable.
In order to start enjoying your trip from the very moment you step outside your front door, heading towards your destination, you have to minimise the number of things you need to worry about. What that means is your mind needs to be at ease about the organisational aspect of your trip, which means extensive prior planning. As far as is possible and within reason of course, if you can manage it, try to organise things so that all you have to do is think about getting yourself to the final destination or to your holiday base. This means carrying as little luggage as possible on yourself, like perhaps only travelling with one or two bags you can carry onto the plane as hand luggage. If you can avoid checking any luggage in, do so since that just adds one more variable of something which could possibly go wrong.
This can only really be done through sending some of your other luggage ahead of you, via a parcel sending service such as TNT Direct. Some luggage gets sent to popular destinations such as those in France quite frequently in this way, which means it’s a little bit safer than what is essentially a parallel baggage transportation service offered by airlines. Doing this also allows you the freedom to perhaps make a few detours en route your main holiday base, so you can really start enjoying the trip from the very moment you leave your home.