Traveling will always throw you a curveball.
No matter how well you plan, there’s bound to be something standing in your way between your next destination. For some, it could be the anxiety of missing your flight due to long lines or it could be leaving something important at home like your passport. But for most travelers, getting stuck in traffic en route to the airport stresses them out the most, according to a new survey.
Travel hospitality website Priority Pass recently interviewed people across the UK to find out what makes them the most worried and stressed out at the airport before they travel. The survey found that more than 60% of respondents worried the most about getting stuck on their way to the airport, which could either delay or make travelers miss their flights entirely.
Losing baggage was the second most common stressor while missing boarding and misplacing passports also caused anxiety.
The least stress-inducing hurdlers at an airport were losing a child, which about 50% reported as their stressor. Others said getting stopped by security or losing a friend as other concerns.
Which part of traveling was most stressful?
Whether it’s traveling to or through an airport, nearly half of respondents (49%) said baggage collection was the most stressful part of traveling.
Transfers was another popular response, which makes sense considering if your flight is late, there’s a possibility that you won’t be able to make your connection — especially if it’s in another terminal at some of the bigger airports. Passing security also ranked high as did checking in for a flight.
What part of the airport relaxes people?
It’s a cocktail or shopping.
While over a third of respondents find time to relax at the airport by visiting bars inside the airport or spending cash on good at shops, the most popular place to stop is at the duty free shop at an airport. The next most popular destination was a coffee shop, according to the survey.
The survey polled more than 1,500 respondents to learn about their traveling tendencies.