Surviving Holiday Travel

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As a Bostanian living in Los Angeles, I am uncomfortably familiar with the long flight home. Around the holiday season, the journey can seem even more daunting with hectic airports, traffic and long security lines. Here are some tips for making it through a tough travel day and maintaining a sense of calm throughout your trip!

by Stephanie Mace


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1. Plan a fun activity for when you arrive

Dreading the long day ahead of you? Plan a fun activity with friends or family in your destination so you have something to look forward to while you count down the hours of your flight. The day will seem much more manageable if you know that a delicious dinner or amazing hike awaits you in your destination.

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2. Stay hydrated.

Dehydration is very common on long flights due to the low humidity environment of the plane. Come prepared and drink lots of water throughout the day. Not sure how much you need? The Aerospace Medical Association recommends drinking 8 ounces of water for each hour of your flight.

 

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3. enjoy your "me time"

While sitting on a plane for six and a half hours is not exactly pleasant, the time gives you the opportunity to do all the things you swear you’d do if you weren’t so busy--reading a good book or writing in a journal or even watching an old movie. Although buying wifi is always tempting, you can also consider using your flight to disconnect!

 

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4. Stand up

Sitting for extended periods of time puts pressure on the spine and leads to back and neck pain. To avoid discomfort, be sure to stand up and walk through the cabin, even if you annoy the people seated next to you. Your back will thank you!

5. Avoid checking a bag

There’s nothing worse than arriving at your destination and then waiting an hour for your luggage (or finding that it was lost). Pack a small suitcase or tote bag and carry it on the plane with you to make your trip a little shorter.

 

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6. Breathe - try a meditation.

Traveling is stressful! Even if you don’t typically meditate, taking slow, deep breaths is a great way to calm down before take off. We also love Headspace for quick guided meditations!