For some people, traveling for business may seem really exciting, as they imagine flying to new cities all over the globe. For instance, did you know that the three top triggers for stress when you are traveling can be grouped into three areas such as lost time, unforeseen events and a new routine?
Also, the main stress drivers within these three groups are lost luggage, flying coach on long flights, delays and poor or no Internet connection.
Stress relieving strategies while you are on the road
So, business travel can be more stressful than fun. Here are some strategies to reduce the stress and also stay healthy while you are traveling.
Be prepared before you leave
First, you have to make sure that you create a checklist of items that you will need for your trip. Don’t forget any business materials such as files, computers, and presentation equipment. Find out if you will have Wi-Fi access to your destination and if you won’t, make sure that you will have a portable Wi-Fi or mobile hotspot.
Limit stress with an easy itinerary
It’s recommended that you double check the location of your hotel or business meeting just to make sure that you will be flying into the best airport, especially if your destination has two airports available. Fly non stop when it’s possible because this will remove the stress of having to make connections.
Pack as smart as possible
One of the biggest triggers of stress is luggage, and it’s best to pack efficiently and only bring carry-on luggage with you on the trip. This way, you will not have to worry about lost luggage or long waits at check-in or baggage claim. Don’t forget to use the checklist just to make sure that you are not forgetting anything. Also, make sure to check the weather.
Wear comfortable clothing while traveling
It’s best to wear comfortable clothing and to be prepared for both warm and cold temperatures. Ladies should avoid heels and men should avoid wearing their suit jackets in their seat. Don’t forget to bring a book, earplugs, headphones and a travel pillow.
Exercising and sticking to your diet
Don’t ignore your workout routine or diet while you are traveling. You will be able to alleviate sore and stiff muscles by moving around. Once you are at your hotel, don’t forget to take advantage of the gym there and drink plenty of water and eat healthy snacks just to keep yourself energized.
File the expense report
It’s important to know your company’s expense policy to avoid unexpected out-of-pocket costs. You have to keep all your business expenses and receipts in a safe place while you are on the road and file the expense report as soon as you return to the office. It can also be an excellent choice to plan a day at home after you return so that you can unpack, get back in your routine and recharge your batteries before starting work again.
If you follow these strategies, you will see that your business traveling will not be so stressful anymore.