Kate-Lynne Wolmarans27 Jun 2018 AT 11:06 AM

12 emotional stages of travelling this weekend

Summer vacation starts in just over 24 hours...
Kate-Lynne Wolmarans27 Jun 2018 AT 11:06 AM
12 emotional stages of travelling this weekend
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Summer holidays are just hours away - just over 24 more to go and, which means that thousands are getting ready to embark on their journey abroad. Actually tens of thousands according to Emirates, who is encouraging all passengers to check in four hours early. 

In anticipation of the busy holiday season ahead, we've devised a shortlist of the emotional stages that will come with travelling this weekend. 

1. Excitement

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After anxiously waiting for schools to close, you’ve just booked your ticket on Skyscanner.

2. Panic

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You've just realised that you’ve spent the past few weeks telling all your friends about your holiday plans, as opposed to actually making them. You are now trolling travel sites like Trivago and Airbnb for the best deals on homes and activities. 

3. Relief

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You’ve just finished all of your holiday shopping and are treating yourself with a much needed Netflix marathon. 

4. Distress

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You've finally finished booking all of your flights and activities and now have to decide which outfit stays and which one goes on holiday with you.

5. Pity

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After spending the last two hours deciding what clothes to bring, you've weighed your bag and are 5kgs overweight…

6. Content

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After much debate, you’ve decided to leave three pairs of shoes, five t-shirts and four jumpers behind. You now have enough space and weight to buy your friends all those souvenirs they’ve asked for.

7.  Dread

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You’ve arrived at work for the last time before your holiday. Your colleague has just told you that she thought that your flight was this morning. An overwhelming feeling of horror and despair fill you as you frantically check your plane ticket.

8. Comfort

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After checking your flight details for the 25th time, you are now sure that you have not missed your flight and that your co-worker is just really bad with dates. You’ve also convinced yourself that your colleague’s “mistake” was intentional and that she never really wanted you to have a nice “holiday”.

9. Happiness

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You’ve just finished packing and your ride is downstairs waiting to take you to the airport.

10. Anxiety

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You're starting to stress about making it to the airport on time and can't seem to find your passport or house keys. 

11. Joy

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After telling the driver to stop and emptying every single pocket of your bag, you found your passport in your jacket pocket and remembered that you gave your keys to your mate who promised to water your one plant. You are now ready to continue on your journey. 

12. Bliss

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After successfully checking in and spending slightly more money than you should have at the Dubai Duty Free, you’ve now boarded your plane and are ready to do nothing but “sit back and relax” for the next few days.

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