by Loren G. Edelstein | April 06, 2015
In a nod to National Stress Awareness Month, GroundLink, a tech-enabled car-service provider, surveyed more than 5,000 customers from across the U.S. to determine what causes them the most stress while traveling. The top pre-travel stressor: being late for a flight, followed by getting stuck in traffic on the way to the airport. During travel, delays, cancellations and missed connections cause the most worry, followed by lost or delayed luggage and getting sick.

Most travelers surveyed (80 percent) prefer to get to the airport as early as possible to avoid missing their flight, while one fifth (20 percent) would rather cut it as close to their flight time as possible to spend the least amount of time at the airport.  

New York-area airports rank as the nation's most stressful. LaGuardia is the number-one stress-inducing airport, followed by John F. Kennedy and Newark. Chicago O'Hare comes in as the fourth most stressful airport, and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta ranks fifth.

More than half of travelers (59 percent) read to reduce stress, while 38 percent prefer to unwind by watching TV, and 31 percent exercise. Twenty-eight percent find staying in touch with family and friends to be stress-reducing, while 23 percent turn to alcoholic beverages and 17 percent opt to eat junk food.