Flying direct isn't the only way to prevent stress while traveling. The best way to prevent stress is to prepare in advance. Follow the latest advice from the airport to make your trip a breeze. And there's no better way to prepare for your trip than to stay near the airport the night before your flight. Why worry about the traffic in the morning, racing your way to the airport, when you can just take a free shuttle to the airport instead? Plus, many hotels in the area offer parking and hotel packages which will allow you to park your car near the airport without paying an arm and a leg for the privilege. One other hidden benefit, if you're like the author and you always forget something on a big trip, staying in a hotel the night before you leave will allow you to remember what you've forgotten and either run home and pick it up or buy a replacement without paying the tourist markup.