Tips on Reducing Travel Stress in 2012 from a Hotelier
Hotelier Sid Kalmans, who travels 50% of his Time, Offers Tips to Reduce Travel Stress - Studies Form Universities, Psychiatrists Support the Simple, Yet High Impact Tips
Whether animal or athlete, researchers at Tel Aviv University found that rituals develop as a way to induce calm and manage stress. Sid Kalmans says rituals and routines help when traveling. “If you do yoga daily when at home, do yoga on the road,” says Kalmans. “In addition to maintaining your routine, you often see a new side of the destination.”
According to the University of Georgia, healthy eating plays a crucial role in your ability to deal with times of extra stress. A balanced diet will help you stay focused, alert, energetic, and healthy during times of stress. Kalmans says that eating healthy is even more important for him when traveling. “We all know airline food leaves a lot to be desired, so I always have almonds, protein bars and low-calorie Twizzlers in my carry-on,” said Kalmans. “When I reach the destination, I stick to low fat dishes most nights and avoid anything I wouldn’t do or eat at home like tequila shots or a dessert that is bigger than my plate.”
Make Time for Fun
Because Sid Kalmans travels for work, he discovered that he would work late into the night, often not stopping to take a break. “I now make time to get out and enjoy what the destination has to offer.” In a 2009 interview with Janice Lloyd of USAToday, psychiatrist, author and founder of the National Institute of Play, Stuart Brown said that "Play is particularly important during periods that are sustainedly stressful.” To ensure that he schedules time to" play”, Kalmans checks the events scheduled for the week on GoToStCroix.com. “From tours, concerts, art shows, crab races, events – there is something fun to do,” said Kalmans, who travels to St. Croix twice a month.
Engage Family and Friends
Kalmans used to call his kids every day when he traveled but as they grew into teenagers, he discovered they weren’t as interested in talking on the phone with Dad. So he now trades creative texts and pictures with his kids during his travels. “My daughter Katie will sometimes send me three or four pictures a day from her phone to my phone,” said Kalmans, “It keeps us connected and brightens my day. I send her silly and educational images from lobsters to historic forts. I am headed to Denmark soon and plan on getting a picture of the Little Mermaid to send her.” Travel is a wonderful experience to share with friends. Use social networks to post comments and photos of the places, meals and people you encounter along the way.
A 2012 study in the Journal of Business and Psychology reveals that bosses who don't take the time to exercise are more stressed and lash out at their employees, compared with bosses who make time for fitness. Kalmans agrees with the positive impact of exercise. He says that when he doesn’t exercise it impacts his entire mood and attitude as well as productivity. “I only need a little bit of exercise to feel good,” said Kalmans who walks about 2 miles three times a week. “It is more about getting your blood flowing and endorphins going than sweating and building muscle.” At Lemon Tree Inn, hotel guests can rent bicycles and ride all over town, to the beach and through stunning neighborhoods. Scuba diving, swimming, kite surfing and kayaking are favorite exercises on St. Croix. “Guests at both Hotel Caravelle and Lemon Tree Inn are able to walk to the nearby shops, restaurants, parks and galleries,” said Kalmans, who owns both hotels. “Just walking to and from dinner is a great way to stay balanced.”
Although he has expedited passenger status, and more than a million airline miles logged, Sid Kalmans also suggests giving up on trying to control things. From TSA screenings, to airplane departure times, “there is nothing you can do, so get there early, load up your iPad or Kindle with great books and read when waiting in line, waiting at the gate and waiting for take-off.” And when you reach your destination, continue routines, engage family and friends, eat healthy, exercise and have a good time.
To book a stay at Hotel Caravelle on the Caribbean island of St. Croix, visit www.HotelCaravelle.com. To book a stay at Lemon Tree Inn in Naples, Florida visit www.LemonTreeInn.com.
About Hotel Caravelle
Located on the waterfront in the historic town of Christiansted, Hotel Caravelle, known for its friendly staff, blends European elegance with Caribbean charm. The hotel’s 43 rooms, most with ocean views, offer all the amenities including a/c, satellite TV, phones, safes, irons and ironing boards, hair dryers and radios. The Penthouse Suite features a living room, two bathrooms and an oversized master bedroom. The award-winning Rumrunner’s waterfront restaurant and bar, is located in Hotel Caravelle, and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hotel Caravelle is walking distance from cafes, shops, galleries and historic sites and buildings. For more information visit www.hotelcaravelle.com or call 800-524-0410.
About Lemon Tree Inn
Lemon Tree Inn, owned and operated by the Freedman and Kalmans families, is a boutique hotel with a Caribbean spirit. Each hotel room, which is unique from the bed style (four poster mahogany bed to wicker sleigh beds) to the artwork, has a tropical theme including brightly colored Adirondack chairs facing the courtyard garden. Continental breakfast is served poolside and lemonade is served all day. Guests can rent bicycles and ride to the beach or the many shops, galleries and restaurants just a block from the hotel. For more information or to book a reservation, call 888-800-LEMO or visit www.LemonTreeInn.com.
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Located on the waterfront in the historic town of Christiansted, on the emerald green island of St. Croix in the Caribbean, Hotel Caravelle blends European elegance with Caribbean charm. Visit www.hotelcaravelle.com or call 800-524-0410.