Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Surviving the long flight

I still call Australia home - Georgia USA is a long way from home but I get to fly home about 2 to 3 times a year. It takes up to 30 hours each way so I know all about jet lag, exhaustion, dehydration, itchy skin, sore back.....and a myriad of other woes. I've always preferred an aisle seat, long before DVT became a household word. Air travel makes me restless. I like to move around as much as possible. I rarely sleep for very long but I do get some rest. I take my lessons from the turtles that visit Mon Repos, Queensland in nesting season. While the laying process is happening the giant turtle goes into a trance. I cope with a long flight by going into a travel trance; I tune out from the noises and movement around me. It helps to have a cotton bandana to tie around my eyes especially when there are movies back to back. Flickering light from airplane movie screens can be a real annoyance when you are trying to rest. A lightweight bandana is an inexpensive travel accessory with 101 uses.

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