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6 Tips to Relax While Traveling

Are you constantly stressed while traveling for work? Being away from your home and family can easily throw anyone off. Not to mention a completely different schedule than your daily routine. Whether you are new to business travel or an seasoned roadwarrior, many parts of the journey can leave you feeling anxious.  Knowing how to relax while traveling is an important but often overlooked variable of business trips.

Tricks to help you relax while traveling:

Plan ahead 

Visualizing where you’ll be, what you will be wearing and events you will be attending can establish a schedule and even control. Before you head out the door, spend a few minutes researching. Knowing the address of your hotel and where it’s located will eliminate a few harried minutes at the airport. Or if you are attending a conference, download the schedule beforehand and plan out which sessions you’d like to see. Going in with a game plan might just help keep you confident and ready for other experiences.

Don’t over-schedule yourself 

Speaking of scheduling your time, try not to overbook your day. Factor things like jet lag, amount of sleep, work deadlines, etc. before committing to additional plans.

Unplug

Though it can seem impossible, try to have a few intervals during the day to unplug from work. If you can’t do that, even 15 minutes before going to sleep can recharge you for the next day.

Wellness

Make sure to take care of your health while on the road to help melt away the stress. Take advantage of hotel wellness programs, hit the gym, or grab some healthy snacks to offset an unhealthy traveling diet.

Family Pictures 

If you are missing your loved ones at home, save pictures of them on the background of your phone or computer. Seeing your family members may bring a smile to your face as you go through long days of meetings.

Save time for a vacation 

Our last tip is to take a vacation when you are done with work travel. Whether a full vacation or just a weekend ‘bleisure’ trip can open your eyes to a new place. Connect with a travel advisor at Andavo Travel, Christopherson’s leisure travel division, to plan a trip for complete relaxation.

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10 Helpful Tips for Holiday Travel

Holiday travel is upon us…. These tips should help alleviate some stress during this hectic time of year.  Follow these tips and you will only need to stress about your waistline!

  1. Pack light. If possible, use a carry-on only. Be sure to check your airlines’ website for updates on what items are permissible on board.
  2. 24 hours prior to departure, print boarding passes and check your bags in online.  This should expedite your wait times at the counter.
  3. If you are traveling with gifts, consider sending them to your destination ahead of time. Most airlines require gifts to be unwrapped and their bulk is likely to slow you down.
  4. Select your travel dates wisely. The days before and after the holidays, are usually the most expensive days to travel. Often, the holiday itself is the best day to travel.
  5. Consider using public transportation and shuttle services as your mode of transportation to the airport. Airport parking lots fill quickly during the holidays and no one wants to come and have to dig a car out of the snow.
  6. Consider flying into a smaller or regional airport. Often, these airports are less crowded and you may be able to save money.
  7. Try to take a morning flight. Flights earlier in the day are less likely to be delayed. Non-stop flights are less likely to be delayed due to bad weather or air traffic congestion.
  8. Check in early.  Airports are the busiest during the holidays.
  9. Buy travelers insurance. How many flights have you seen canceled during a season’s rush? If you don’t wish to be one of those people who find themselves stuck in an airport for three days waiting for a blizzard to blow over, then purchase insurance.
  10. Familiarize yourself with TSA rules and procedures (www.tsa.gov).