The article quotes me in several places, but here are a few more ways I stay sane and productive when travelling:
#1 - Create a "Happy Zone" Around You
Be nice to TSA workers, gate agents, flight attendants and other passengers. Smiles and calmness are contagious, and they will help you maintain a good attitude – even when faced with travel disruption.
#2 - Book the First Flight of the Day
It’s not fun to get up early, but 6 a.m. flights generally depart on time.
#3 - Don't Book the Last Flight
If you absolutely positively must be there in the morning, you have no backup if the flight is cancelled. Since I always do morning shows, this is a big one for me.
#4 - Expect Delays and Cancellations
Assume that your flight will be delayed and that you will spend time on the tarmac. I always check flight schedules to have a back-up plan in case I need to make changes.
#5 - Pack Water and Snacks
Don’t depend on an in-flight beverage service, especially on short flights. Buy a bottle in the airport, or bring an empty bottle to fill after security. My carry-on always includes packages of mixed nuts, Larabars or an apple.
#6 - Have Something to Read
I usually have a pile of work to do, but also have a Texture subscription on my iPad so I always have People, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and other magazines at my fingertips.
#7 - Bring Headphones
Essential for listening to music or watching movies, but they also help tune out the chaos around you.
#8 - Let It Go
For me, the key to stress-free travel is recognizing that the entire process is outside of my control. If there are weather delays, flight cancellations or other issues, there is absolutely nothing I can do about it. Control what you can (see tips one through seven), and try to simply go with the flow.
What other tips work for you?