Managing holiday travel stress


Know your triggers

Prepare for travel

  • Try to take morning flights and think about a backup flight in the event of cancellations.
  • Travel with airlines that will automatically book you for the next flight.
  • If your schedule permits, book your travel to arrive a day early so you avoid the risk of arriving at the last minute.
  • Purchase travel protection plans for expensive flights.
  • Take direct flights when possible and sign up for flight alerts to prevent arriving to the airport with a major delay or cancellation.
  • If you check a bag, have some clothes and important items in your handbag or tote if your luggage gets lost.
  • Bring items that will allow you to pass the time: read a book, watch a movie, catch up on work or anything else that will entertain and distract you.

Poor behavior

  • Flight delays and cancelations
  • Jam-packed flights: this may cause some tension as people are nervous to be around others
  • Substance (alcohol) abuse in the airport and on flights: passengers can get unruly when consuming substances in excessive quantities
  • Decrease in tolerance: people’s frustration is increasing and they may get worked up over small things

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