Let’s face it, travel in general is filled with stress but business travelers experience these much more frequently. A recent poll from TripIt determined the top 5 most common stresses associated with travel:
- Exercise. 67% of frequent travelers said that the pressure to exercise was stressful – 17% of these responders found it to be extremely stressful.
- Healthy Eating. 66% of responders found eating healthy to be a challenge and added to the overall stress of traveling – 19% said it was extremely stressful.
- To do list upon return. 64% found the pressure of tasks needing to be done when they returned home to be a significant source of stress while traveling.
- Airport Security. Of the people that were polled, 59% found airport security to be very stressful.
- Driving in a new city. The lowest on the top 5 travel stresses is driving in a new city. 54% of respondents found this to be very stressful when they travel.
Since exercise and healthy eating are the two highest stresses for frequent business travelers, here is a list of suggestions that TripIt recommended to help alleviate some of your stress:
Bring healthy, portable snacks with you so you won’t be as temped to buy un-healthy snacks when the hunger sets in. Bring along some almonds or a banana to help tie you over between meals.
Instead of ordering a large dinner, choose a small plate or an appetizer for dinner instead. If you opt for a salad, keep in mind that the dressing has a ton of fat and calories so it’s best kept on the side. Salad is not always the healthiest choice on the menu either so be smart when choosing.
Instead of using escalators or moving sidewalks, try taking the stairs or walk to keep you moving.
Track how many steps you are taking with a pedometer or an app on your phone.
- Ask for a map of the local area with running/walking trails or nearby parks.
- Do crunches, pushups, jumping jacks, chair dips, stretching, and any other activity that doesn’t require any equipment in your room.
It is a stressful world we live in and the constant traveling makes life that much more hectic. Hopefully these tips from TripIt will make your future business trips less stressful, more active, and healthier. 🙂
Safe travels everyone!
It seems these days there has been a lot of press about the TSA regarding their random screening process. It is the opinion of many that TSA agents will pull aside attractive female passengers for additional screening. Below are 5 steps you can take to try to avoid this. Being informed of your rights is the best way to be prepared for any situation.
- Dress Comfortable. Often times wearing loose fitting clothing and comfortable shoes will draw less attention from TSA officers than if you are all dressed up.
- Try to Avoid Private Screenings. If you must be patted down, make sure it’s in the public’s eye so there are witnesses in case anything happens. One of the TSA rules is that during a private screening, there must be two TSA agents and the passenger can bring along someone with them. So if you are traveling alone, it would be best to keep it out in the open.
- Be Aware of Your Rights. If you are selected to be patted down, be sure that they abide by the rule that each passenger be screened by a TSA agent of the same sex.
- Speak Up Right Away. If you are uncomfortable while being patted down, step away and ask for a supervisor and have another officer finish the pat down.
- If There is a Problem, be sure to report it. You can file a complaint directly to the TSA.