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Travel: How Much Is Too Much

Business travelers need to know when enough is enough – and recognize the warning signs before it’s too late.
How much travel is too much? That’s a tough question for you business travelers to answer. It’s more likely that you’ll know it only after you’ve reached your breaking point. One too many missed birthdays or anniversaries, or maybe it’s the accumulation of stress in a relationship caused by too many short-notice trips. Maybe it’s the dreadful thought of those 300 unread e-mails waiting for you after a long and hectic overseas trip.
Or maybe it’s your body saying enough is enough.

Consider these findings about the impact of travel:
• Jet lag significantly affects about 60-70 percent of travelers
• Eastward travel causes significantly stronger symptoms of jet lag than westward travel
• Typical jet lag symptoms include sleep loss (more so if you are a morning person), gastrointestinal problems, depression, irritability, disorientation and lack of concentration
• Significant sleep loss leads to poor reaction times, which is a major contributor to automobile accidents
• The risk of pulmonary thromboembolism quadruples on flights over 8 hours, although this is still a very small risk for most travelers
• Three-quarters of international travelers reported high or very high stress before and during travel

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