Have you ever been delayed at an airport so long the battery for your phone or computer shuts down? Even worse, has your plane ever pulled away from the gate just to sit waiting for further approval, and then you do not have access to your electronic communication devices? What are you doing with your down time?
As you can probably tell, I’ve been spending a tremendous amount of time traveling recently and have begun to learn news ways to cope with this often stress-filled activity. Most of my flights do not have Internet access, so I am actually able to proactively focus on items rather than reacting each time the email “beep” sounds. One of the best things that happened to me when I was traveling with my family on vacation was that my phone ran out of power. This was not convenient when I wanted to take photos at Universal Studios, but it did allow me to relax. For four hours, until I could recharge, I was not at the disposal of anyone or anything else — no distractions, and attention only toward things I chose.
I now travel with industry magazines that will allow me to get caught up on trends and news that can be read on paper even before you reach the acceptable flying elevation. A paperback also accompanies me during my travel so I can get ahead of the HBO series “Game of Thrones.” As individuals are asked to do more and travel more, it is increasingly crucial to relax whenever down time presents itself.
On your next flight, may you see a business person playing “Angry Birds” and take a lesson from them to enjoy the journey, not just the destination.
Do you have any suggestions for additional ways to relax when traveling?