Statistics show that out of all the types of travel, business travel is by far the most stressful. This is probably because a lot is on line. This isn’t a trip where a few hours after you touch down you will be in a Jacuzzi sipping a Mai Tai while palm fronds wave languorously in wind. No, as soon as you touch down it will be a race to the budget hotel where you’ll have to cram for a meeting, because your flight was delayed and you had to sit in traffic on the way to the airport. Not to mention, your boss is calling and isn’t happy. However, there are a number of ways to take it a little easier on your next business trip. Here are 5 ways to take the stress out of business travel.

  1. Make sure that your flight is on time and that you give yourself an adequate amount of time to get to the airport. One of the biggest contributors to business travel stress is being late for a plane or missing one altogether. All of this can be avoided by simply making a phone call ahead of time or checking the plane’s flight status online. It’s a simple solution that can save you a huge headache.
  2. Be organized. One of the easiest ways to get stressed out on your next business trip is to be unorganized. Make sure that you have all your paperwork in order, check with your assistant or secretary to make sure that all your meetings are planned and that you have everything you need for a possible presentation or conference. Having a clear head on your business trip is the best way to stay focused and level headed.
  3. Don’t sweat the small stuff. There might be traffic, delayed flights, and miscommunications with hotels about reservations, but it is important to not let these tiny missteps cause you an unnecessary amount of grief and stress. Going with the flow is your best defense to fight stress and anxiety the next time you have to take a business trip. Remember that things will go wrong, but what can you really do? You can click here and there on your smartphone to find an answer, but it will get you nowhere fast.
  4. Don’t dwell. It will be easy while you are sitting on a plane to fret about the tiny details how a possible business meeting or conference will go. If you find yourself with a moment of downtime, be sure to fill it with something constructive, lest you start psyching yourself out. It is crucial to stay present so that you can focus on the task at hand. Worrying about how a meeting will go will only stress you out.
  5. Occupy yourself. If you find yourself getting stressed out, be sure to get something done. There will undoubtedly be something to get done when you are on business trip. Whether it’s a proposal, sending emails or putting together an expense report – getting a head start on work or completing a task that is overdue is the best way to clear your head and stay stress free on your next business trip.