A research organization called OnePoll recently conducted a study focusing on the most stressful aspects of traveling during the holidays, and the results are pretty interesting. For example, the survey found that the average American traveler (again, during the holiday season) will have 12 disagreements or arguments, eight moments of stress, and four moments during which they will worry about arriving late to their destination.
Moreover, travelers set aside 102 minutes on average to allow for delays at the airport. And the average traveler will start to feel anxiety about their trip five days before they embark.
Ninety-three percent of respondents said they feel stress when something does not go according to plan, for instance delays due to weather conditions or heavy traffic.
Mark Lawrence, co-founder and CEO of SpotHero, the parking app that commissioned the study, said there are a number of steps travelers can take to reduce stress levels.
“While holiday travel can be stressful, there are some simple ways to set yourself up for success and minimize headaches, reduce travel time and save money in the process,” he said. “Checking into your flight early, paying bag fees online, and booking a guaranteed parking spot near the airport a few days in advance can all go a long way to reducing anxiety on the busiest travel days of the year.”
Asked to name the most stressful part of holiday travel, 44 percent of those surveyed named hazardous road conditions caused by inclement weather. That was followed by heavy traffic on the roads (41 percent), losing items while traveling (37 percent), finding a parking space at the airport (36 percent), flight delays (33 percent) and long security lines (31 percent).
Thirty percent of travelers prefer to drive their own vehicles to the airport, with many stating that they either find ride-sharing services to be unreliable or too slow in picking them up.
“New regulations and increased terminal traffic are making it less convenient for travelers to hail a ride to and from the airport on busy holiday travel days,” Lawrence explained. “Many are finding that driving and parking at or near the airport is often a more reliable and cost-effective option. In fact, three out of four travelers surveyed said driving themselves gave them more control over their trip.”