When we think of the most enjoyable aspects of travel, the actual traveling part probably isn’t going to be very high on the list. We like what happens after we get to our destination, but the getting there can be a bit iffy. No one says, “Yay! Jet lag!” or, “Oh, it’s my lucky day! I got a middle seat!” Airfare prices may be historically low when accounting for inflation, but that doesn’t mean much once you’re stuck on a crowded metal tube with 150 other people. It can be so stressful that the effects linger even once you’re back on the ground. There are ways to mitigate the damage, and it’s best to begin researching them well before you board the plane and have to fight dozens of other passengers for overhead space.
Some people suffer from motion sickness in the air, in which case something like Dramamine is a good bet. There’s even a non-drowsy version in case you want to stay awake, but for most people, falling asleep as the plane takes off and waking up a few minutes before landing is a pretty good way to fly. It’s a popular medication, but it’s not the only option. Unless you can spring for seats in first class, you’ll be in one of the coach seats that seem to get smaller and smaller even as Americans get bigger and bigger. It’s a simple math problem: Airlines can squeeze in more people if they make the seats smaller, and more people means more money. If you’re prone to headaches or neck pain from squeezing into a small airline seat, you may be used to bringing some over-the-counter painkillers on board with you. They’re not a bad option in the short-term, but there can be some unpleasant side effects, especially if you take them for a sustained period of time. It can’t hurt to look into more natural remedies like Curamin before checking in to your flight. Too much over-the-counter medicine can give you high blood pressure or even stomach ulcers, and so it’s not a bad idea to see what else is out there that might be effective.
A few risk-takers don’t mind taking their chances on whatever pillows are available at the hotel, but that’s not a great option for those of us who have a tougher time both getting to sleep and staying asleep. At the airport, you can buy one of those travel pillows that wraps around your neck, but some people find them too confining. If you don’t like the pillows that they have in stores, then that means it’s time to build your own pillow and take it with you when you travel. We come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and so a pillow that works well for the guy next to you on the plane might make you miserable, and vice versa. There’s no shame in taking some time to make sure you’ve got a pillow that can support your particular neck and head shape. It will help you rest better both on the plane and at your hotel.
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