Even though business travel can have its challenges, dealing with stress doesn’t have to be one of them. While stress-free travel may seem like a myth, there are a few steps you can take to make sure your journey is hassle-free and (dare we say it?) relaxing.
Stress-free travel starts by getting everything in order before you depart. Ensure your passport is current, your business visa is processed, and in your pocket, and you have plenty of time to get to their airport with no fear of missing your flight.
Beat stress during the check-in process by checking in online and bringing only carry-on luggage, if possible. Frequent business travelers may want to consider speeding up the airport security process by enrolling in TSA Precheck to enhance domestic travel or Global Entry for quicker re-entry into the U.S. after an international business trip.
Contrary to popular belief, the airport is not your enemy. Sure, it may feel that way if you’re scurrying around to make your flight. However, if you give yourself ample time to make it through check-in and security, you may find that the rest of your time at the airport is enjoyable.
Airport lounges can provide a cool place to hang out, and some are even accessible by purchasing a day pass. Review the airport layout in advance to pinpoint any restaurants, bars, coffee shops, or other areas you may find inviting while you’re waiting for your flight.
If all else fails, a semi-quiet corner and a set of noise-cancelling headphones can give you a soothing respite from all the hustle and bustle surrounding you.
Even if you can’t find a quiet corner, you can still calm your mind with a mindfulness or meditation app. While there are tons of options out there, here are a few worth checking out (both available on iPhone and Android):
Perhaps one of the simplest ways to ensure stress-free travel is to believe that you will. Head to the airport expecting it to be a nightmare, and it probably will be. Head to the airport expecting a cool, calm, relaxing experience, and you may be able to enjoy that scenario instead. Maintaining a positive attitude can have amazing results at the airport, as well as in other areas of your life.
Whether your business travel is taking you to nearby states or far-off lands, stress doesn’t have to be your constant companion. Simply sit back, relax, keep our four tips in mind, and enjoy your stress-free ride. Need help prepping in advance with your passport or business visa? Contact Swift today.