Traveling can be stressful, even when you're as chill as Zooey Deschanel.
The "New Girl" star is no stranger to hopping on planes for business and leisure, and she's learned her share of lessons along the way. With so many logistics to arrange, it can be easy to forget why you're traveling in the first place: Capital One recently found that 7 in 10 people want to have a truly purposeful experience when they travel.
AOL asked Zooey to share some of her best tips for ensuring a worthwhile (and stress-free) excursion, whether you're embarking on a romantic getaway or leading the whole extended family on an adventure.
On heading to Disneyland with kids: "I was there with my daughter and my nephews," Zooey said. The lesson? "Try to have more than one adult per kid -- or at least one adult per kid. Different ages want to go on different rides -- an 8-year-old wants to do different things than a 3-year-old. So you can split up."
Another tip: The crowds can be anxiety-inducing, but instead of getting irritated, just accept your fate in advance. "I did wait for so long waiting for Elsa to come out, because my daughter is obsessed with Elsa," Zooey recalled. "We went like a month ago, and the entire time was princess-chasing."
By the way, while Anaheim may not naturally scream "culture," keep in mind that for children and adults alike, the trip really can be meaningful: "It's so fun to watch kids [at Disneyland]. It's such an immersive experience for then," Zooey said -- and when you see the magic in their eyes, "it's like experiencing it again for the very first time."
Zooey Deschanel through the years
Zooey Deschanel through the years
Zooey Deschanel enjoys Kiehl's 150th Anniversary Motocycle Tour at Barneys Greengrass Restaurant. (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
Zooey Deschanel during The 73rd Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Zooey Deschanel enjoys Kiehl's 150th Anniversary Motocycle Tour at Barneys Greengrass restaurant (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
Zooey Deschanel (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 15: Zooey Deschanel and Emily Deschanel attend the grand opening party for Tod's Boutique on March 15, 2001 at Moomba in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Zooey Deschanel during Monique Lhuillier Store Opening at Monique Lhuillier Boutique in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage)
385008 16: Actress Zooey Deschanel arrives at the Los Angeles industry screening of 'Hannibal' February 1, 2001 at the Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, CA. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Liaison)
Zooey Deschanel during Sundance 2001 - Manic - Portraits in Park City, Utah, United States. (Photo by Randall Michelson/WireImage)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 16: ***EXCLUSIVE*** Actress Zooey Deschanel walks in Midtown Manhattan during a break in the filming of the movie 'Elf' December 16, 2002 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Mario Magnani/Getty Images)
Zooey Deschanel as Tinkerbell (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage)
Jason Schwartzman and Zooey Deschanel during 'Elf' New York City Premiere at Loews Astor Plaza in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
Zooey Deschanel (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage)
Zooey Deschanel during The 8th Annual Hollywood Film Festival Hollywood Awards - Arrivals at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - MARCH 04: Actors Benjamin McKenzie and Zooey Deschanel pose at the IFC's Independent Spirit Awards After Party held at Shutters Hotel, on March 4, 2005 in Santa Monica,California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JANUARY 05: Actress Zooey Deschanel arrives at the Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' 'Glory Road' held at the Pantages Theatre on January 5, 2005 in Hollywood,California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Zooey Deschanel during Gucci Spring 2006 Fashion Show to Benefit Children's Action Network and Westside Children's Center - Inside at Private Residence in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Donato Sardella/WireImage)
Actress Zooey Deschanel attends the Volkswagen presentation of the concept car Tiguan in Hollywood. (Photo by Kurt Krieger/Corbis via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 27: Actress Zooey Deschanel arrives for the Los Angeles screening of the Sci-Fi Channel's miniseries 'Tin Man' at the Cinerama Dome November 27, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 27: Actress Zooey Deschanel arrives for the Los Angeles Screening of the Sci-Fi Channel's Miniseries 'Tin Man' held at the Cinerama Dome on November 27, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Deschanel -- Episode 3679 -- Air Date 12/18/2008 -- Pictured: (l-r) Zooey Deschanel during an interview with host Jay Leno on December 18, 2008 (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Cast member Zooey Deschanel attends the premiere of the film 'Yes Man' in Los Angeles on December 17, 2008. (Photo/ Phil McCarten) (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 17: Actors Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel arrive to the Los Angeles premiere of 'Yes Man' at the Mann Village Theater on December 17, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12: 71st ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Actress Zooey Deschanel arrives to the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 -- (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4528 -- Pictured: Actress Zooey Deschanel during an interview on September 13, 2013 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 22: Actress Zooey Deschanel poses at Fox Television's 'The X Factor' Season Finale at CBS Television City on December 22, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 29: Actress Zooey Deschanel attends Adam Scott hosts Todd Snyder Event sponsored by Qloo at Confederacy on November 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/WireImage)
NEW GIRL: Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson (R) in the 'Birthday' episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: Jess (Zooey Deschanel) travels to her childhood home in Portland, Oregon for her father's wedding in the 'Oregon' episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Feb. 17 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: L-R: Zooey Deschanel and guest star Megan Fox in the 'Goosebumps Walkaway' episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, March 8 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: Zooey Deschanel in the 'Glue' episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, Feb. 7 (8:00-8:31 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW GIRL: Zooey Deschanel in the 'Where the Road Goes' episode of NEW GIRL airing Tuesday, May 1 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: Actress and singer Zooey Deschanel attends the Capital One Travel Program Launch at New York Public Library on October 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - MAY 17: Actress Zooey Deschanel attends the 2018 Heal The Bay's Bring Back The Beach Awards Gala at The Jonathan Club on May 17, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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On planning a romantic getaway: "A short trip goes a long way," Zooey said. "If you just go for a night or two somewhere easy, you can still come back totally refreshed." Her own recommendation for a quick romantic weekend: Wine country. (Lucky for her, she's soon headed back -- Zooey is going to Sonoma with Capital One as part of its newly-launched Purpose Project, which aims to help people travel with a purpose.)
On trying new foods in foreign countries: "I went to Japan a number of years back, and I would just go into a restaurant and say, 'Chef's choice!'" Zooey said. "And I tried all this amazing, delicious stuff, and some strange things that I wasn't used to, but it was a rewarding experience ot just allow the chef to send me anything."
Also, she added, be willing to temporarily bend on some of your personal dietary rules. "I'm a vegetarian ... [but] I am flexible when I travel because if you're going into a new culture, sometimes there are things that you should try."
On traveling with a huge group: Don't micromanage the travelers who like to do their own thing.
"I'm not a person who likes to plan every day out. So if there are people I'm with like that, I say, 'Great. You plan your day and I'll meet you for dinner,'" Zooey said. "Because I like to wander around, have more experiences that are spur-of-the-moment."
An easy solution is, just like at Disneyland, to just divide and conquer. "Splitting up by who wants to go to a museum at 9, and a tourist destination at 10:30, and lunch at 12 -- those people need to be separate from the wandering people like me."