This blog was originally published in September of 2015; we have since updated it to reflect the most current and accurate information.
Business travel demands a lot from its constituents, especially when it comes to the demands of flying and executing a tight schedule in an unfamiliar city. Your whole life as a business traveler is a balancing act, and often, anxiety can creep in.
Whether you’re a nervous flyer, have issues with cabs or just find yourself easily overwhelmed, there’s no need to let these issues overtake your mental clarity during your corporate trip.
Here are 3 easy ways to combat business travel anxiety.
Flight Anxiety? Abate Your Fears with Comforting Statistics
If you have flight anxiety but have to get on a plane for business, it can help to remind yourself just how safe flying actually is. According to CNBC, safety measures and developments since the year 2000 have helped bring modern aviation to its safest state ever, since the advent of flying in 1940s.
To put the real numbers in perspective, there is less than 1 accident for every million flights that depart around the world. So the odds of your plane crashing are pretty astronomical.
Air travel is exponentially safer than most other forms of transportation, so keep that in mind when the tensions start to boil as you’re sitting on the tarmac.
Worried About Long Waits at the Airport? Streamline Your Process
For business travelers, optimum movement through the airport is important to maintaining their schedules and their stress levels. Baggage check, security and the quest to find a coffee or a bagel can be time-consuming and frustrating processes.
Here are a few easy ways to minimize those frustrations:
+ Switch to the “Carry On Only” philosophy of business travel. Find a high-quality, durable and versatile carry-on, and you can skip baggage check altogether. Here’s an easy tutorial on packing your carry on.
+Scout for restaurants and beverage stands before you get to the airport. Check out this guide to O’Hare Airport’s restaurants and shops to prepare for your next flight into Chicago.
+Know where to find charging stations and ports for your devices. If you depend on your electronics to get you through a flight, you’ll need to plan ahead to ensure each one is charged and ready to go.
+Look into TSA’s PreCheck. If you’re an approved low-risk flyer, you can enjoy expedited security with fewer frustrating requirements.
With these tips in mind, you can get from Point A to Point B in the airport with ease.
History of Unreliable Transportation? Book Car Service Instead
Fear of inadequate ground transportation once a flight lands is an anxiety many business travelers know well.
When you’re in an unfamiliar city, on a strict schedule no less, reliable transportation from the airport to your next destination is crucial.
Unfortunately, cabs and ride-sharing services are unreliable and uncomfortable in their own unique ways.
If your plane lands during rush hour, facilitating the need for a cab during peak hours, you might be out of luck. Cabs operate on a first-come, first-serve basis, and if you’re competing with other travelers for one available cab, the odds aren’t in your favor.
Similarly, ride-sharing services will be more in demand during peak hours, forcing you to compete for service or pay premium prices. If you’re traveling during the holidays or inclement weather, you’ll likely find yourself paying outrageous surcharges for the same service.
Finding a reliable car service to handle your ground transportation once your plane lands is the best and easiest way to alleviate that anxiety during your business trip.
O’Hare-Midway Worldwide Transportation can provide the reliable, punctual and comfortable airport car service you deserve. Once you make your reservation, you’re entitled to luxury transportation on your own terms. One of our trained, professional chauffeurs will meet you at your exit point, help you with your bag and offer consistent, expert service throughout your trip.
Compare the reliability and luxury of car service to the anxiety of trying to get a cab, and it’s easy to see which option is superior.
We hope these easy tips for battling travel anxiety can bring you to a state of zen and comfort during your next business trip out of town.
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