The other day I had an interesting talk with one of my sensitive travel clients.
While being on a tour together I asked him: “What is one of the most troubling things for you when traveling?“
He told me: „I have trouble sleeping at night.“
Dealing with a sleepless night or many of them while traveling is a regular occurrence for him, whereas his travel parnter(s) were doing just fine. They were not at all troubled by the things that were troubling him at night.
I reassured him. “You do not need to feel bad about it in any way. It is quite normal and very common actually that sensitive or hypersensitive people are bothered by a lot of things which generally do not or rarely bother other people.“
I understood exactly what he was describing to me. It happens to me all the time when I am traveling.
The reasons behind my sleeplessnes – what keeps me awake, tossing and turing in my bed throughout the night – are plentiful and varied.
I continued to ask him about what specifically makes him “sleepless in Seattle“ 😉 or any other place he is visiting.
His answer to me was:
“Well, it could be anything. Often it is just NOISE outside the hotel room from loud nextdoor holiday neighbours.“
But also loud traffic from a nearby street or noise from the airconditioner in the room, from his roommates or even his partner can hinder him from falling asleep.
Snoring, for example, he cannot bear at all. Any kind of noise other people in the room make at night or when coming to bed after he has already turned in keeps him awake.
Really any kind of noise be it big or very small, is and stays a disturbing factor to keep his sensitive system alarmed and awake.
He went on explaining that it is not only the noise that can be troublesome for him. SMELL is also a very delicate topic when it comes to his sensitivity.
Smell, a REALLY bad or strange smell stemming from previous visitors in the hotel room, cleaning detergents, room refreshers, artificial perfume or hair spray can be soooo damn disturbing to his system, that he cannot stay in that room.
He has allergic reactions to these chemicals in the air and gets sneezing attacks that sometimes won’t stop and keep him awake.
He recounted a particularly smelly situation to me. He once had such a troubling smell in the room he was staying in that he could not bear to stay there a moment longer.
The only thing he could do was to ask the hotel receptionist to kindly allow him to switch rooms, for he had not sleep all night despite trying everything to improve the room smell.
He tried airing the room for a good hour, dusted the room with his own neutral and organic room cleaner which he always travels with and had carried out some energetical cleansing procedures to get the room free of this disturbing smell.
But without any great success. Luckily, he had the opportunity to change rooms.
In order to feel fit and energetic for the coming day, the body and soul need to rest which requires, for sensitive travelers, particular factors.
Here some helpful tips as to how sensitive travelers can minimize these troublesome sleeping situations and which steps to take or to avoid when traveling:
- Make sure to book a guaranteed silent room with some kind of shutter system to darken the room, without a nearby loud street, industrial or shopping or busy evening zone.
- For a neutral or non-disturbing room smell, air the room well for at least 30 min. and refresh the room as you wish using your personal organic room refresher which I recommend to always carry with you when traveling.
- For energetical cleansening I often travel with sage which I burn in the room to clean it from any negative energy from previous visitors.
- To make sure that the rooms is really clean and dustfree, always have some cleaning cloths and disinfectant spray in your luggage to use in case it is not clean enough for your sensitive system.
- If the bedding is somehow smelly, ask for new and fresh sheets/pillows etc.
- It is also helpful to ask ahead about the quality of the sleeping mattress – which should not be too hard nor too soft – of your holiday room.
- Make sure when booking the room that it is a somewhat bright room with lots of brightening sunlight instead of artificial light.
- Also make sure that there is good heating and cooling options in the room to maintain the temperature at the optimal setting for your sleeping habits.
- Take care to book a somewhat spacious and not too small of a room, where you do not run the risk of feeling trapped.
What special precautions do YOU as a sensitive traveler take while traveling to have a good night’s sleep? Feel free to add more helpful things to the list in leaving a comment below. We would love to learn from your travel experience!
Does all of this sound familiar to you? Welcome amongst fellow sensitive travelers.
Welcome at NEW SKY TRAVEL: The tour agency for individually designed and customized tours in the Black Forest and Alsace region for sensitive travelers.
It is my great pleasure to assist you in avoiding all stressful factors on your tour while traveling with me. Just let me know what your special needs and desires you require and I will do my best to provide them.