According to a recent survey, one in ten Britons avoids holidaying abroad because of the stress of airports and flying. Those of us who do brave the airport to get to that sunny holiday resort or indeed for business trips will be familiar with the stock airport worries: Do I have my boarding pass? My passport? Will I have enough time to get to the gate? What if my flight’s delayed? But flying doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. Here are a few things you can do to reduce stress levels when jetting off.
Before Your Flight Date
A few days before your flight, verify your flight details. There’s nothing worse than discovering at the airport that your flight was an hour earlier than you thought or that it leaves from a different terminal. Most airlines will allow you to check in online, so consider doing this in order to lower stress levels on the day.
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If you pack lightly, only bringing carry-on luggage, you can avoid queuing at desks in the airport altogether as well as not having to wait for your luggage when you arrive at your destination. Many people fret about forgetting things, so spend some time compiling a list of essential items a few days before your flight. You can then run through this list quickly before you leave your house to ensure that you have everything you need.
How have you arranged to get to the airport? Don’t leave this decision to the last minute. Driving yourself to the airport will mean finding and paying for parking, as well as traffic considerations, so allow for this in your schedule on the day. If you opt for public transport, you will avoid expensive parking fees, but if you don’t want to be stuck waiting at a bus stop as your flight leaves without you, allow a lot of time to get the airport – anyone who takes public transport regularly will know how unreliable it can be.
Another more reliable option is a private airport transfer, which gives you all the comfort of driving without the hassle and expense of parking. Plus, as a passenger rather than the driver, you can relax in the back and ready yourself for your flight.
At The Airport
When you get to the airport, breathe. If you have followed the above advice, you will have everything you need and you won’t be stuck for time. Don’t let yourself get stressed out by the flurry of activity that you’ll be met with once you walk in the door. Remember that other people will probably be stressed out but their stress doesn’t have to affect you. Check your flight details, proceed through security and get to your gate.
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Packing For a Trip
If you have access to an airline’s lounge, these can be havens of tranquillity, so consider whiling away the time before your flight there. If not, find a seat, sit back and read, listen to some music or simply watch people go by. What could be more relaxing?
This article was written by psychologist Thomas Conway on behalf of a lead provider of private airport transfers.