How to manage the causes of holiday stress

David Knockton / 11 August 2014

When you think of things that frustrate you most on holiday it is often 'claimed' sun loungers.

You get up extra early to get down to the pool or beach and spot a sun lounger, you think it's free but when you get there you realise someone else has stretched their towels across them. 

A recent Saga Facebook poll concluded that the biggest cause of holiday stress, from the two hundred people that responded, was something that happens even before you get on the plane; airport security checks.

Here are the five main causes of holiday stress:

1. Airport Security Checks

Older experienced travellers tend to prepare more thoroughly than most so invasive and personal airport security checks are often felt to be unnecessary, leaving many holidaymakers feeling harshly treated and without respect.

2. Plane delays and long queues

Nobody likes to wait; especially when a relaxing holiday is well overdue, but plane delays and long queues when little or no information has been announced is extremely annoying for everyone.

3. Hen and stag parties

Whether you've just sat down in your seat on the plane or have just started to doze off on your sun lounger there's nothing worse than being disturbed by a rowdy bunch of stags or hens hell bent on making as much noise and getting as drunk as they can to ruin your relaxation.

4. Poolside pests

You're just reaching the really good part of your book, or you’re at that pivotal moment on your mobile App game and loud music starts blaring out and the poolside pests emerge to try and get you to participate in aqua fit, archery, darts or bowls.

5. Extortionate excursions

If you like the convenience of a guided tour and don't mind paying a little extra for the privilege but for the seasoned traveller it is often far cheaper to book everything yourself.

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