As I've been traveling a ton lately, I thought I'd share my husband's take on traveling - he's also a world traveler. This piece was first published on my website 24/Savvy.com:
The first axiom of savvy travel is Don’t - but if you must the journey could be made a little less irritating if you do these simple things, and the more so if the flight lasts longer than 8 hours.
Arrive early at the airport so that stress is kept to a minimum. Travel has its own stresses - why exacerbate them.
Abuse not least you be abused.
Once on board, go ahead, knock yourself out with sleeping tablets, unless your blood is coagulation prone or your medic says you might die. Also watch for DVT, in fact any acronyms ending in D.
Avoid wine (with the exception of Penfolds Grange), actually don’t drink any alcohol, and don’t eat bread or anything that digests two days later. No coffee, although the quality on airlines is deterrent enough, and no tea. Drink lots of water and in this way you will avoid dehydration and DVT, as you’ll be up and down relieving yourself with enforced but healthy regularity.
And remember an airplane is not a runway – for sartorial touchdowns. Better to wear something comfortable and slightly unappealing (not pyjamas please) than crush your ‘labels.’ Black is a good color, as it is just a good color. But it also makes you look severe enough to assist in avoidance of mindless conversations with other passengers who have failed to heed any of my sage advice.
Buckle up, happy travels and arrive better looking, feeling better than those who thought long flights were a perfect excuse for the ingestion of questionable food, cheap wine and sleepless nights. Travel savvy, savvy ones.