Travel Safe on your Next Vacation

Are you ready for your next vacation?

With several places open now for business amid the COVID 19 pandemic. You may be considering taking a trip or vacation.
You’ve got the plane ticket, the hotel reservation, the itinerary and/or things to do. But have you given any thought or taken any steps to protect your health and safety? The worst thing that can happen is that you spend your vacation in a hospital— or bring home a weird, exotic virus aside from Covid-19 virus that has you bedridden for weeks.

You also want to avoid theft, mugging, or worst, terrorist attacks. Your resort may call itself an “island paradise” but let’s not be naïve and assume everyone is as friendly as they look in the brochures.

Be smart. Prepare, make informed decisions, especially if you’re traveling with your family. This vacation is supposed to be fun—and you can do your part by preventing most disasters.

1. Check Travel Advisories

Your embassy will list places that they recommend “caution” or right-out tell you to stay away from altogether. Be well informed of the Covid-19 advisories and /or could be a tense political situation, or a low level of security in underdeveloped areas.

But also take advisories with some degree of salt. You can safely assume that the capitals and major cities of a country will be more tourist friendly, since governments would’ve probably taken great efforts to develop them. The exception, of course, are countries going through civil war—in which case, read the international newspapers (or the web-version of their local English paper) to see how bad it really is.

2. Get Vaccinated

Check the travel health Information in your country or places where  you’re going

Some viruses that are relatively rare in your country may proliferate in the climate of another—and you don’t have the natural antibodies to fight them. Get the full range of vaccines (your embassy website will also recommend which ones you really need, depending on here you want to go).

3. Bring Medicines and Prescriptions

Ask your doctor for two copies of your prescriptions (carry one in your wallet, and leave one in your luggage). Also bring enough anti histamines (for allergies) or any maintenance vitamins or medications. Asthmatics should carry have a nebulizer—especially since attacks can be triggered by change in climate or physical exertion (you never know how much walking you’ll be doing during the tour).

4. Never Flaunt Your Valuables

Wearing your Rolex or flashing large amounts of money practically screams “Rob me!” to the pickpockets. Keep small bills and change in your belt bag for easy access (these are for entrance fees, cab fares, snacks). Keep larger bills in a zippered pocket. To be very safe, divide the money and distribute it among several pockets—at least, even if you do get robbed, you still have something left.

You can also have a luggage service deliver to your door/hotel to and from your itinerary

Another tip: bring only what you need for that day and leave the rest in the hotel safety deposit box.

5. Travel in Groups

This is unfamiliar land, and you may not even speak the local language. So stick together (at least divide into pairs), especially at night.
Always observe social distancing and wear your masks.

6. Ask the Hotel Receptionist/Travel Agent Which Places to Avoid

Before exploring the area, get a list of places known for its crime rate, or streets that tend to get dark after a particular hour. Identify the areas on a map and avoid accordingly.

7. Tell the Hotel Receptionist Where You Are Going

This is very important if you are going skiing, hiking, golfing or participating in any activity where there is a risk of getting lost or injured. Name how many people will be in your party and what time they can expect you. Then, they can alert authorities if you have not returned.

8. Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is an important but often overlooked part of your vacation. Whether you are traveling to a foreign country or to the next state you should consider travel insurance.

Have fun and travel safe!

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Things you can do on a long flight

Long flights can be boring, giving you anxiety of not able to move freely from the small space you have, not able to relax, uncomfortable, and these are only few of things that you can’t bare being in a long flight.

But having flown many times within the last 3 years, I have learned some ways to cope up and make the time pass and without you knowing it, you’re in your destination. Let me share them with you.

Use of in-flight Wifi

Most airlines if not all, have in-flight wifi and I set this up on my phone prior boarding ( you can do this too while on board or upon boarding). There is a small investment if you want to use it with several options like going online, texting, email etc. Its free with limited use in-flight.

Watch a Movie (Movies)

This is the next thing I always check. what movies to watch in-flight. It actually is a life saver for me and not minding the long hours being seated. Before you know it , you are almost where you are heading. Most airlines now have a screen in front of your seat so you can choose which movie you want to watch. Love that. Don’t forget your headphones or earphones!

Playing Games

Playing games is another way to entertain yourself. You can either play the games from your phone, or make use of the in-flight magazines or entertainment screen that offers selections like Sudoku, crossword , word searches etc. These can be very useful not to be mindful of the time.

Eat and Drink

When flight crew offer you something to eat and drink, eat and drink! Stay hydrated and not get hungry.

Sleep

If you can manage to take a nap, do it. Neck pillows are nice to have, very useful -keeping your head in alignment and not falling front or back, left or right if you know what I mean.

Get up and Walk

Whenever possible, get up and walk. You need to stretch your legs and prevent untoward signs and symptoms. I am talking of developing possible blood clots (Deep Vein Thrombosis). Foot swelling is common and usually harmless , but you need to make extra effort to either walk, do some foot exercises on your seat , changing positions in your seats are some ways to help with relief.

In-flight INFO and Map

After all the above are used and still up there in the air, what do I do? – watch the flight info and maps 

So there you go, These are the things I usually do keeping the long flights a breeze. I’m sure there are still so many options but thought I share these with you.

Have a safe flight!

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How to Avoid Jet Lag

This is a post from Travel & Leisure written by Melissa Locker. I want to share it on this post as this would educate travelers on how to avoid jet lag according to an airline pilot’s perspective, and it sure helps anyone after reading this article.

“Travelers rely on airline pilots to be alert while they are flying, for obvious reasons. But because pilots spend their days (and nights) flying across all kinds of time zones, managing jet lag is practically a job requirement. “You have to train for it,” R.J. “Dutch” Deutschendorf, System Chief Pilot at Southwest Airlines, shared with T+L.

Pilots simply don’t have the luxury of sleeping off jet lag-induced exhaustion, so learning to handle it is much more than just a 9-to-5 obligation—it’s a lifestyle. “Pilots have to know how to deal with fatigue, which is why at Southwest we incorporate in our training things that pilots can do about jet lag,” said Deutschendorf.

Deutschendorf was willing to pass along some of the tips he’s learned in his years as a pilot and offer tips to civilians who are making their way across the friendly skies.

Stay hydrated.

“Being hydrated is one of the best things you can do for anyone who travels,” Deutschendorf says. “The number one beverage is water. Soft drinks, sugary juices, or diet sodas will not do nearly as well of a job, so we recommend crews drink as much water as possible, first and foremost.”

Limit caffeine intake.

Many travelers rely on coffee as a bridge to cope with jet lag, but Southwest recommends that pilots keep their coffee fixes to a minimum. “We try to limit the amount of caffeine—or recommended caffeine—that a crew member takes in,” said Deutschendorf. “When you’re a pilot and you do get fatigued, that half a cup of coffee will affect you more. It will keep you more alert, as opposed to somebody who drinks coffee all day long and becomes immune to it.”

In short, they recommend that pilots save the caffeine boost for when they really need it. “Don’t overuse caffeine, but use it as necessary to stay alert,” explained Deutschendorf.

Watch your diet.

The benefits of eating wholesome foods have been well documented, but Deutschendorf believes that a healthy diet can also help alleviate jet lag and exhaustion. “We recommend eating a well-balanced diet,” he said. “Keep the sugar to a minimum so you don’t experience highs and the crashes afterwards. Eat protein, fruit, vegetables, and some carbs—but not too many because you don’t want that crash.”

Get consistent rest.

Deutschendorf admits that getting to bed at the same time each night can be hard for crew members who fly into a new time zone each night. Despite the constantly changing clock, he thinks it’s important to try and get a good night’s rest, regardless of jet lag. “You have to make adjustments and allowances,” said Deutschendorf. “It depends on your body clock.”

On U.S. domestic flights, flight crews are not allowed to nap on the flight deck, according to Deutschendorf, which is why it’s so important that pilots get a good night’s sleep before getting on the plane.

Go easy on alcohol.

Pilots aren’t drinking in the cockpit, but Deutschendorf recommends passengers go easy on the in-flight cocktails, too—especially on long haul flights. “The effects of the alcohol are about double what they would be at sea level,” said Deutschendorf. “Passengers should be aware of that. It’s going to make you more fatigued and disrupt your rest cycles.”

Sleep on the plane.

Don’t be surprised if you feel fatigued on a plane ride, because the air has less oxygen in it than you might be used to, according to Deutschendorf. “When you’re flying at 35 or 39 thousand feet, the amount of oxygen in the cabin is far less than it is down at sea level,” he says. “You’re naturally going to get fatigued.” While pilots need to stay awake and alert, Deutschendorf says, “travelers can just close their eyes and rest.” Plus, sleeping on the plane means arriving at your destination with fresh eyes, which is always a plus.”

Hopefully these tips help you to overcome Jet Lag. Have a safe flight!

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