Thanksgiving air travel Posts

How to Fly Healthy

There’s nothing worse than being sick on vacation – especially if you were fine before you got on the plane! From sneezy seatmates to germy surfaces, here are some important tips to help you protect yourself in-flight:

  • Seat pockets, tray tables, pillow and blankets, the airplane bathroom, even the air are all dirtier than you want to know. So pack hand sanitizer – 3 oz. or less – in your carry-on bag to avoid spreading the ick.
  • Flying makes you 20% more likely to catch the common cold. Beat the odds by loading up on Vitamin C and B-complex vitamins before, during, and after your flight with oranges, grapefruit, and leafy greens – and add vitamin-boosting drink packets like EmergenC to your water.
  • Speaking of water, avoid what comes out of the plane’s water dispenser. Ask for bottled water, or bring your own filtration bottle.
  • But don’t just avoid water… Dehydration is one of the biggest health concerns when flying. On the ground, normal humidity is between 20 and 50%, but in flight, it can be as low as 1%, leading to rapid dehydration which often goes unnoticed before it’s too late. To combat it, avoid alcohol, soda, and caffeine in the hours before your flight, drink 8 ounces of water every hour you’re in the air, and choose fruits and veggies over salty snacks.
  • Do lots of stretching and walking in the aisle (when the seatbelt sign is off) to keep your circulation flowing. You may feel silly, but it’s better than a blood clot!

A little planning and prevention will go a long way toward ensuring you’re in tip-top shape to take advantage of every precious day of your trip! Got any healthy travel tips we missed? Share them in the comments!

Thanksgiving Isn’t The Biggest Travel Day

What are some of the most popular travel myths? CBS News ran a piece recently attempting to set the travel world right, dispelling popular notions that aren’t true any longer. Number one? What is the busiest travel day of the year?

You might say Wednesday before Thanksgiving, or perhaps some time around Christmas.

The real answer says Roger Dow, President of the American Travel Association,  is ‘Fridays in June, July and August.’The old thought that the Thanksgiving weekend will bring the worst air traffic is wrong…but it will bring highway traffic.

In Massachusetts, two accidents on the MassPike on Wednesday created a nightmare scenario, almost 43 miles of backed up cars. That’s much worse than what anyone experienced at airports over the holiday.

This year, AAA said that only 2.3 million Americans flew for Thanksgiving. That’s a 63 percent drop compared to the 6.2 million who flew nine years ago.  Wow, 2000, now that was a banner year for air travel. Remember back before 9/11?

The AP ran a long and sad story detailing all of the reasons due to the recession that people were giving up on taking long trips to see
relatives this year. In story after story, it was a case of people making due with staying at home, and not bothering to spend whatever hundreds it will cost to join the family faraway.