5 ways to get rid of the stress of traveling for work May 13, 2022 by admin Jill JarrazAnd Introduction of May 13, 2022 This is circular. Use the next and previous buttons to navigate 1from9 5 ways to get rid of the stress of traveling for work Business travel is back on the rise, which means that whether you’re a frequent traveler or an occasional traveler, you’ll likely hit the road again. According to the American Travel Association, companies plan to spend more money on both domestic and international travel through 2025. That means roads, planes, and hotels fill up. While meeting face to face is an important aspect of running a business, business travel can add even more stress to an already busy work life — or the work day, for that matter. You have to manage transportation, navigate an unfamiliar city, and possibly fit other work deadlines along the way. All of these elements can explode the fun of traveling and reduce your productivity. It doesn’t have to be this way. Bounce has put together a list of ways to tackle some of the most stressful aspects of a business trip. Test it out the next time you’re on a business trip and see if it makes the trip more enjoyable. Keep in mind that while you are traveling, COVID-19 related restrictions may apply. Whether you’re on a plane, at a conference, or in a hotel lobby, be sure to review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s travel advisory, as well as your airline and destination travel advisory before you travel. Photocrio Michel Bednarek // shutterstockShow moredisplay less 2from9 Arrive early to the station Air travel has declined during the pandemic, but now the Transportation Security Administration screens about two million passengers a day. Since so many people go through security, getting to the terminal early means you have plenty of time to bypass security without having to worry about missing out on your flight. Plus, if you go through security and have time to kill before your flight, you can check out the airport amenities. There might be a nice café or full-service restaurant at your station where you can get away from the crowds and enjoy a meal. Some airports such as Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport have yoga rooms where you can relax, train, or meditate. Other areas, such as Dubai International Airport and Singapore’s Changi Airport, have gardens where you can sit and decompress nature. Olena Yakubchuk // ShutterstockShow moredisplay less 3from9 4from9 Reserve time for local activities Traveling for work doesn’t mean you have to be 24/7. Keep in mind that you are not at home doing chores after work and spend this time doing something fun instead. Look for parks near your hotel where you can stroll and look at public art. If you’re in a city, visit a local landmark or museum and see something special instead of a hotel or meeting room. Find a local restaurant or popular store where you can stop and get a feel for where you are. While you may not have much time to play tourist while you are traveling, just taking an hour to discover something unique about the place you are visiting can help you relax. Daxiao Productions // ShutterstockShow moredisplay less 5from9 Find healthy amenities If the stress of business travel is manifesting itself physically to you—whether it’s from a tension headache or a backache—try to book a hotel with amenities you can use to help ease your condition during your stay. Some hotels have their own spa or wellness facilities; If not, find a local company where you can enjoy a spa treatment to help you relax. Getting a massage can also reduce stress, relieve pain, and lower your heart rate and blood pressure. Swimming is another activity that not only provides a good physical exercise but can also improve your mood and help you sleep better. Find a hotel that offers a pool – but if you don’t have one, ask the hotel concierge if they know of a pool locally where you can do a few laps. kovop58 // shutterstockShow moredisplay less 6from9 7from9 Exercise throughout your stay Business travel can easily disrupt your schedule, but it’s important to maintain some sort of exercise regime during your stay to make sure you stay active. A 2021 Emory University study found that the risk of obesity was higher in those who travel a lot for work, so it’s important to eat right and exercise, especially on the road. Exercise is packed with mental health benefits that can prevent stress, help you sleep better, and think more clearly. Make sure to pack some gym clothes and take time to go to the gym to get some aerobic exercise or weight lifting during your stay. No gym in your hotel? No problem. You can do body weight exercises in your hotel room which can give you the same benefits. canvasShow moredisplay less 8from9 Ask your employer about travel benefits While occasional travel for work can be a mild disruption to your regular schedule, true road warriors can struggle to maintain a healthy balance. A study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that those who travel for work at least 21 nights a month were more likely to report health problems such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and sleep problems. Check with your employer to see if your company offers any assistance for intense travel situations. They may offer a predetermined amount to spend on food or drink. This can help you better budget for how much you eat and drink, and make preparing an expense report a lot less stressful. If you’re at the airport all the time, your company may also be willing to pay for an airline lounge membership, giving you a quiet, stress-free place to wait, get work done, and recharge before your next flight. Many companies also allow you to keep the airline miles and hotel points you collect, which can help pay for a well-deserved vacation where you can really rest and relax. This story originally appeared on Bounce and was produced and distributed in partnership with Stacker Studio. canvasShow moredisplay less 9from9 Business travel is back, and a lot of stress can come with it. Bounce has put together a list of ways to relieve some of the more stressful aspects of business travel.