Traveling: Long Haul Tips

Do you get excited and nervous about flying away for a long time?

On Friday, October 22, France will be calling me. (Hopefully the strikers do not mess up my plans.) It has been a couple years since I went across the pond and I forget how much there is to do before leaving town: Stop the paper, pay the bills, hold the mail, find your passport, call the credit cards, clean the refrigerator, change the sheets (never want to come home to dirty sheets!), let alone decide what to take! This morning my anxiety was so high – I only wish I was as lucky as you are to have a a travel consultant to call. To reduce the stress, I had a relaxing deep tissue massage. Feeling much better… though I still need to get out that passport.

International travel is always a big deal, even if one goes regularly. Over the years clients have given me ideas about how they make their traveling more comfortable.
As a result, I have a list of travel suggestions for the long haul…

Day before your flight
– Eat lots of veggies and a pasta dinner.  (It’s a marathon!)
Order low salt or veggie meals for your flights (yes, they still serve meals on planes)

While flying
Drink six ounces of water for every three hours you’re traveling
Wear surgical stockings on the plane – they help circulation and prevent swelling
Do not drink carbonated drinks – try orange or cranberry juice.
Wear a neck pillow on overnight flights
Go light on the alcohol
Do not eat the free peanuts (the salt will cause swelling)
Wear comfortable clothes made of natural fibers
Find an extra seat to keep your feet up (Your travel consultant can tell you how booked the flight is and place you accordingly!)
Walk up the aisle every two hours to promote circulation
Wash and moisturize your face and hand regularly

And if these tips do not work, just bring a great book to read that will totally distract you from the flight.

I will be back on the November 2 (already voted) with lots of stories to share and pictures to show. Look for posts next week from France!

About alwaysharriet

With thirty years experience in corporate and leisure travel consulting, Harriet Ahouse has traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean and worldwide. An avid scuba diver, she understands the requirements of travelers both on land and in the water. On the European scene she has offered traditional and personalized travel itineraries throughout the continent--Italy, France, and England are some of her favorites. As a Virtuoso Agent, she also has extensive resources to enhance her expertise in designing individual destination travel itineraries--and honeymoons--worldwide!
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