Travelling is exhilarating, enlightening and often incredibly memorable. It is also potentially exhausting. One of the most stressful parts of planning a trip, whether for business or pleasure, is often the transportation logistics on both ends. While you may be planning to pick up a rental car right at the airport once you arrive at your destination, the real snags can come up before you even step foot on the airplane.
Luckily, airport shuttle services can ease the stress of travel just a little bit. While there are certainly other ways to get to or from the airport, booking a shuttle in advance of your travel date can save you so many headaches when the big day arrives. Below, find several reasons to consider this mode of transportation the next time you’re heading out of town or returning home.
Friends Mean Well, But Reservations Are Priceless
A well-meaning friend might tell you they’d be more than happy to give you a ride to catch your flight, but what if they forgot to check their schedule before making their generous offer? What if they come down with the flu the night before your trip? For so many reasons, it can just give you that extra peace of mind knowing you are paying for a service that depends on repeat business and satisfied customers to get you where you need to go, and to get you there on time.
Airport Parking Is Cheap, But At Your Own Risk
Actually, airport parking isn’t always so cheap. But even when there are economy lots conveniently located to your terminal, knowing that your car is just sitting there in a strange part of town while you’re hundreds or thousands of miles away might not be the most comforting thought. You will probably feel better knowing your car is safe at home in your own driveway or garage as you travel. Peace of mind like that is well worth a small shuttle fee and tip. Learn about travel tipping etiquette for various situations with these AARP guidelines.
A Brief Window Of Relaxation
Once your trip begins, you are likely to be running around even more than you normally would be at home. If you’re travelling alone and you’re not staying in a city center, you will most likely be renting a car and driving yourself around all week. By booking an airport shuttle on the way out of town, you can at least buy yourself that small chunk of time where you let someone else take the wheel.
Booking an airport shuttle is just one way to help reduce the stress of travel. Forbes has more travel stress hacks here.