Holidays are never without stress. Here are 4 ways to reduce stress when planning your next trip – Mothership.SG

Traveling can be quite complicated.

Planning the itinerary, exchanging currencies and applying for a visa are added to the list of things you need to do before your trip.

Your next vacation should be relaxing, so here are some things you can cross off your to-do list when visiting popular vacation spots.

No need to take Covid-19 tests on arrival

In our post-pandemic world, one thing that can be worrying is taking a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test before travelling.

Different countries have different rules and different time slots before your flight (or before you arrive in the country), which can be confusing.

Fortunately, more and more destinations are waiving entry requirements for travelers entirely.

Switzerland is among the countries that will not require Antigen Rapid Test (ART) or PCR upon arrival.

Additionally, on March 30, the Swiss government lifted the last of the country’s pandemic-related requirements – the mask requirement on public transport and healthcare facilities.

Also, travelers do not have to show their Covid-19 vaccination certificate when dining in food establishments.

Thus, you can go skiing in the Swiss Alps, and kayak in turquoise blue lakes, without worrying about your masks.

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Other countries that lifted Covid-19 tests upon arrival include Vietnam, Greece, the UK and Indonesia.

Planning and booking for everyone

Unless you are traveling solo, you may need to plan an itinerary not only for yourself, but also for your fellow travelers.

To avoid arguments over where to go and what to do, consider cities that have activities for all travelers, whether they want to visit cultural sites or go shopping.

Bangkok, Thailand is a great place to fly if you are planning a trip with a group of friends or your family.

Just two hours away, Bangkok offers a range of activities for everyone.

Cross the city by tuk-tuk with your family and friends, shopping and eating at the Chatuchak Weekend Market and many of the city’s night markets.

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Or soak up the culture and visit one of Bangkok’s oldest Buddhist temples, Wat Pho.

The image is taken from Tourism Thailand.

Additionally, Bangkok has its own theme parks, Dreamworld and Siam Park City, which would be perfect if you are traveling with children.

And if you’re traveling with friends and want to experience Bangkok’s nightlife, your group can do so at Royal City Avenue (an area also known as “RCA”), the epicenter of Bangkok’s clubbing scene. Bangkok, where nightclubs like Route 66 and The Onyx Club are located.

Plus, if you’re looking to shop, Bangkok has a ton of local clothing stores like Frank Garçon and Hide Selected.

To help you reduce the load even further, DBS Travel & Leisure Marketplace (TMP) is your one-stop-shop for booking flights and hotels from over a million overseas hotels and properties and 250 airlines in the best flight prices.

For return tickets to Bangkok, Thailand from January 16 to 27, 2023, prices drop to S$290.60 for Singapore Airlines (prices checked on August 19, 2022).

There are other airline options like Scoot available on DBS Travel & Leisure Marketplace.

Unlike booking on other sites, DBS and POSB cardholders can use their points to offset flights (without being waitlisted) and hotels where 100 DBS points equals S$3.00 on TMP, for a limited time only.

Additionally, users can split their purchases into monthly installments at 0% interest.

So you can save while you spend with DBS.

Include relaxing activities

You finally have some time away from work or school and you’re thinking, “I need to make the most of my break.

And you plan your trip, without missing a single activity, tourist site, place to eat or shopping destination. Chaos ensues as you frantically try to find all the available activities to fit into your pre-trip itinerary.

And the biggest irony? Ultimately, your “break” doesn’t give you a break.

If you want a good balance, incorporating relaxing activities into your jampack itinerary, London, UK, will be a good option for you.

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London is known for its culture, scenic spots, food and shopping.

You can plan a day filled with sightseeing activities like museum visits at the V&A or the Natural History Museum.

Or go shopping in Oxford Street for luxury items or pick up unique handcrafted souvenirs at Covent Garden Market.

And of course, visit iconic city sights like the London Eye, London Bridge and Buckingham Palace.

But the great thing about London is that there are also must-see places that are perfect for a day of relaxation,

Stroll through Kew Gardens, which have been named the 10 most beautiful botanic gardens in the world, or take a cruise on the Thames.

And end your day with popular plays and musicals from The Lion King, Wicked, School of Rock, Wicked and Les Miserables.

Just like you would at the theater, you can sit back and relax when you shop at the DBS Travel & Leisure Marketplace.

When you book a flight or a hotel on the site, everything travelers who booked on the same itinerary will receive free travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage.

Save the extra step of researching an insurance site and finding the right travel insurance for your trip because you can do it all with DBS.

Sounds pretty good, right?

Pay with your card almost anywhere

Personally, I prefer not to carry a lot of cash when I travel and I prefer not to use cash.

In January 2020, data and analytics firm GlobalData named Australia as one of the top cashless countries.

Especially in commercial cities like Sydney and Melbourne, businesses invite you to log on and pay almost anywhere you go.

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So whether you’re having brunch at a cafe, buying flowers at a weekend market, or shopping, you can tap and go.

With the DBS Multi-Currency Account, you can instantly exchange up to 12 foreign currencies, including Australian Dollars, with no foreign transaction fees.

Other currencies they offer include US Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Euro and more.

All you have to do is link your multi-currency account to your Visa DBS debit card.

The best part is that you’ll earn 2% cashback on all foreign currency spending, including online purchases.

And if you find it difficult to track your spending abroad, you can manage that and check your currency balances without incurring foreign exchange fees on DBS’s digibank app.

You can also activate your card for use abroad, increase your credit limit or even block a card in the app.

Now you can travel with less stress and worry.

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This DBS-sponsored article inspires the writer to plan his next work vacation destination.

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