Surviving Business Travel

Minimizing Stress During Business Trips

Make business travel as comfortable as possible.

© iStockphoto

If you travel for work, you know it's often not quite the adventure that some may think.

The surprises, inconveniences, and delays can be "interesting" when you're on vacation.

But with business travel, you need to focus on being productive – so typical travel discomforts can often seem worse, because you're also dealing with business pressures.

How often do you travel for business? Do you make occasional trips to conferences, regularly visit clients in other cities, or fly two or three times a week (or more)? If you travel frequently, you may have a high tolerance for the stresses of constantly moving around. But for many of us, the demands of traveling for business cause anxiety, frustration, exhaustion, and often low level physical illness. If your flight is delayed, if you have a flat tire while driving, if you're so tired that you can't think – then your hopes of working successfully can disappear.

The good news is that there are several ways to ensure that your travel will go as smoothly as possible, allowing you to concentrate on your business goals.

Planning the Trip

Preparing for your trip involves more than making flight and hotel reservations. Here are some ways to avoid the stress of travel:

... for the complete article:

Mind Tools Club members, click here.

Join the Mind Tools Club to finish this article AND get 1,000 more resources

Join now for just $1, first month

"When I started using Mind Tools, I was not in a supervisory position. Now I am. Along with that came a 12% increase in salary." – Pat Degan, Houston, USA
Add this article to My Learning Plan

Where to go from here:

Join the Mind Tools Club

Click to join Mind Tools
Printer-friendly version
Return to the top of the page

Create a Login to Save Your Learning Plan

This ensures that you don’t lose your plan.


Connect with…

Or create a Mind Tools login. Existing user? Log in here.
Log in with your existing Mind Tools details
Lost Username or Password
You are now logged in…

Lost username or password?

Please enter your username or email address and we'll send you a reminder.

Thank You!

Your log in details have been sent to the email account you registered with. Please check your email to reset your login details.

Create a Mind Tools Login
Your plan has been created.

While you're here, subscribe to our FREE newsletter?

Learn a new career skill every week, and get our Personal Development Plan workbook (worth $19.99) when you subscribe.


Thank You!

Please check your Inbox, and click on the link in the email from us. We can then send you the newsletter.