How to take care of your health in-flight and after?

You are inactive and seated for long periods of time when you are flying. The environment can be pressurised and low in humidity. Air travel allows for fast movement across many time zones unlike other forms of transportation, causing a disruption to the body’s ‘biological clock’.

Here is a list of things you can do to take care of your health in-flight and after:

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Cabin Humidity and Dehydration

Humidity levels are less in the cabin. This can cause drying of the throat, nose and eyes.

We recommend that:

During your flight you drink water and juices frequently.

Drinks like tea, coffee and alcohol can increase the body’s dehydration so don’t drink them in excess.

If your eyes are irritated remove contact lenses and wear glasses.

To refresh the skin use a skin moisturiser.

Eating and Drinking

Both during and after your flight proper drinking and eating will improve your comfort.

We recommend that:

Just before and during the flight avoid overeating. When the body is inactive it is difficult to digest too much food.

In-flight Workout

Certain muscle groups can become stiff as a result of long periods of sitting. These exercises will help muscle relaxation by increasing the blood circulation of the body.

Some of the exercises are:

  1. Ankle Circles: Move one foot clockwise and the other foot counter clockwise.   Reverse circles.
  2. Neck Roll: Drop ear to shoulder after relaxing shoulders and gently roll neck forward and back. For about five seconds hold each position. Repeat five times.
  3. Knee to Chest: Clasp hands around the left knee and hug it to your chest. Hold stretch for 15 seconds. Repeat 10 times.
  4. Forward Flex: Slowly bend forward with both feet on the floor and stomach held in, and walk your hands down the front of your legs toward your ankles. Slowly sit back up after holding stretch for 15 seconds.
  5. Shoulder Roll: Roll your shoulders in a gentle circular motion.

Every hour do these exercises for around three or four minutes. Also, occasionally get out of your seat and walk down the aisles.

Cabin Pressurisation

For your health and comfort it is necessary to pressurise the external air drawn into the cabin to an adequate density.

During climb and descent the change in cabin pressure does not pose a problem for most travellers. However, you could experience discomfort if you suffer from sinus infections, or certain cardiovascular conditions.

Use nasal sprays half an hour before the descent if you have nasal congestion. This will help open up your ear and sinus passages.

Try swallowing or yawning to ‘clear’ your ears.

If you are flying with a baby give your baby a dummy during descent as swallowing will help infants level the pressure in their ears.

Jet Lag

When you travel to different time zones without giving the body a chance to adjust to new night and day cycles it can cause jet lag. Your biological clock is disturbed the more time zones you cross during your flight. The common symptoms are tiredness, sleeplessness, and appetite at odd hours or loss of appetite.

Try these tips to minimise the effects of jet lag:

  1. Before your flight get a good night’s rest.
  2. If possible, after arrival give yourself a day or two to adjust to the new time zone.
  3. If you suffer from sleeplessness after your arrival try some light exercise, do some reading, or go for a brisk walk.

 

Top 10 Travel Essentials

One of the most rewarding experiences of your life is to travel the world over and visit new cities. However, if you do not carry the right things with you the journey can become quite uncomfortable.

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To make your trip feel like your home away from home carry these top 10 travel essentials with you.

1. World Adapter

Plug sockets that you find in another country need not match your device. But if you carry a world travel adapter, there is no need to worry. While buying the adapter, just check on the packet if it will fit every socket of the world.

2. Portable Power Source

While travelling you may not always be close to a power source and you might not feel comfortable asking someone to share their device. By carrying a portable power source you will be able to charge most of your electrical items whenever and wherever you want. Even if your hotel is not providing a plug socket you need not worry.

3. Travel Towel

For your round the world trip you need two towels – one to keep you clean and one for the beach. Carry a micro towel. It will dry fast and is lightweight. It won’t take much space in your suitcase and is low maintenance. It will keep you sand free, clean and dry in minutes.

4. Earplugs

To block out the snorers, earplugs are an essential item. To get the beauty sleep you deserve all you need is a good pair of earplugs. This will make your travel much more comfortable.

5. Padlock with a combination

Get a padlock with a combination. Searching for keys, especially while travelling, is not an easy task. A padlock with a combination will give you more security and make your life a lot easier.

6. Wet wipes

Wet wipes are really useful while travelling. It saves you the trouble of going to the toilet every time you want to eat something. You can use them not only to wipe yourself but any surface.

7. Sleeping liner

Hotels rooms are not always neat and tidy. You will always have the fear of whether there are bed bugs and who stayed in the bed or whether it is a clean blanket that you are using. All these thoughts can give you sleepless nights. Sleeping liner will make your hotel stay much more comfortable. You will have peace of mind, and you will feel at home. They can be folded up nicely into a small ball and are lightweight.

8. Flip Flops

Flip flops are very comfortable and lightweight and you can use them on long journeys. A good pair will go with any outfit.

9. Packing Cubes

The ultimate travel organiser is packing cubes. It can be daunting to leave the comfort of your wardrobe but your backpacker life will be made easy by packing cubes. You can rely on them even though you can’t expect too much organisation in your life while travelling.

10. Camera

Travelling is all about making memories. So while travelling you need a good camera to capture them. To look back and see what an amazing journey you had you need a camera. To save photos you can invest in memory sticks as well.

 

 

 

10 English Films to watch while traveling

Choosing the right English movie to watch while travelling is more an art than mere selection. You can be the weirdest laughing aloud to Tearjerkers and hilarious, comedy stuff or weeping or guffawing to emotional story plots and characters.  We have compiled a full range of top 10 English movies for you, for all seasons that will stir you, for sure, to hit the open road. And remember they can easily be rented and streamed right onto your notebook or laptop. Do check them all for yourself today!

Movie 10: Vicky Cristina Barcelona, 2008

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Movie 9: Eat Pray Love, 2010

Eat Pray Love, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

Movie 8: Frantic, 1988

Frantic, 1988

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Movie 7: Out of Africa, 1985

Out of Africa, 1985

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Movie 6: North by Northwest, 1959

North by Northwest, 1959

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Movie 5: Stealing Beauty, 1996

Stealing Beauty, 1996

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Movie 4: Le Week-End, 2013

Le Week-End, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Movie 3: Under the Tuscan Sun, 2003

Under the Tuscan Sun, 2003

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Movie 2: Before Sunrise, 1995

Before Sunrise, 1995

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Movie 1: The Motorcycle Diaries, 2004

The Motorcycle Diaries, 2004

 

10 English Books to read while traveling

We recently asked some of our customers to tell us the best books they’ve read while travelling. Here are some of the books they shared; while we were surprised by the outcome, what wowed us is how important shared reading interests are for them. Here is our pick for you to make the most of your reading time during any travel.

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley

The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dark Tourist by Dom Joly

The Dark Tourist by Dom Joly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So what are you waiting for? Grab any of these best sellers today, and reading it is an experience in itself that will traverse time and distance. Happy reading folks!

How to pack like a pro for your holiday trip

Everyone loves to go on a vacation, but packing for it is not an easy task. You will be tempted to pack a whole lot of things but there will be hardly any space to accommodate them all. If you dread packing for a holiday we will help you with a few tips, which will make it a little easier.

holidayMake a packing list

You don’t want to miss important stuff. So make a packing list. It will also help you save space. Before making a list ask yourself whether you need a certain item or not. You must add items on the list on priority basis. Ensure that you have covered all the items.

Coordinate your outfits by visualizing your trip

Try to visualise what all activities you will be indulging during your vacation, and then organise outfits accordingly. It is not that difficult. All you need is some time and patience. For instance, if you will be indulging in lot of sports activities, then you should pack your gear accordingly. If there is a dinner date, you will have to carry appropriate dress and accessories as well.

Try to mix and match the clothes. For instance, if you are packing black pants try to pack several matching tops. So you will be able to use the same pants with a number of tops. This will save you luggage space as well.

Don’t Fold them, Roll Them!

While stacking clothes into a suitcase instead of folding them roll them instead. This will prevent the creases and will make room for more clothes.

 Use sunglass cases to keep electronic cables

To keep the wires like mobile phone chargers and earplugs use a sunglass case or a pencil case. To avoid tangling roll cables on a pencil or a hair brush.

Store jewellery in a pill container

Carry jewellery in a pill box to avoid them from getting lost. Pill cases will come in handy especially if you are carrying tiny pieces of jewellery like small pendants or earrings or cuff-links.

Under garments in a separate compartment

To avoid the hassle while unpacking keep your socks, handkerchiefs and undergarments in a separate compartment of the suitcase.

Carry your medicines along with prescriptions

In some countries certain drugs can be illegal so it is always better to carry the prescription copy of your medicines or else the officials might become suspicious.

Reduce by a third

We often pack more than what we want while going on a holiday. For instance, packing 4 pairs of jeans and then using only one. Never over pack.

Towel on top

When you get to a hotel after a tiring journey the first thing that you want to do is take a shower. Pack your towel last so you won’t take much time searching for it in your suitcase. You can also carry a small towel in your shoulder bag in case if you feel like washing your face while on the go.

Wear your heavy items

Make sure you wear your heaviest jacket and boots. This will save space in your suitcase, and also save on baggage allowance.