It’s that time of year again! The trees are up, the fairy lights are twinkling, and your colleagues are blasting Christmas music from the other end of the office. But if you’ve got business trips planned for the next couple of weeks, you might not be feeling cheerful. In fact, you might be worried about the chaos that often surrounds travel during December. But fear not! Read on for our guide to business travel during the Christmas holidays so that your next trip is as smooth as possible.
Reserve rail seating
Whilst the season of giving brings goodwill to all, it also brings lots of passengers onto train services that are already quite busy. If you’re travelling by train in the next few weeks, book a reserved seat to make sure you can get on with work on your journey, rather than risk being left squashed in the aisle instead.
Although we all dream of a white Christmas, flights and trains may be cancelled during heavy snow or severe ice. Check ahead before you travel during bad storms or extreme weather conditions. It’s also important to heed Met Office warnings – if all but essential travel is discouraged, sit tight with a hot chocolate in your hotel instead!
Allow more time
As we’ve mentioned, services will often be very busy during this time. Allow yourself more time to get to airports or train stations just in case traffic is heavy. It will also cause you less stress in the long run if you allow plenty of time for each stage of your journey, rather than rushing through busy stations.
If your flight or train is delayed, you’ll want to stay hydrated while you wait. Pack a reusable water bottle to stay cool, calm and collected. Studies show that dehydration increases cortisol levels—the stress hormone— so make sure you sip away and stay relaxed during your travels.
Get into the spirit
When all else fails, embrace the Christmas spirit! Whilst your trip might be busy, you’re bound to be travelling in the vicinity of a Christmas market, carol service or ice rink. Stop off for a bit of bleisure and downtime after your meeting and you’ll be feeling festive in no time.
So there you have it! We hope these top tips for business travel during Christmas holidays will make your next trip less stressful. You’ll be back home and ready for presents and turkey before you know it!
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