Archive for October, 2010

Travel Tip: Go with the Light

Posted on: October 26th, 2010 | No Comments

Flashlights are turning up in everything these days so it is always a good idea to have something that provides light.  Power outages are so common in many countries that it is always a good idea to have one handy if you’re going to an area with little or no electricity.  Neverest’s Essential Journey’s Kit contains a hand-powered flashlight, no batteries needed, so you’ll always be ready.

Top Things to Pay Attention to on Airplanes

Posted on: October 14th, 2010 | No Comments

It’s often said that flying these days ain’t what it used to be.  Fair enough, but anyone who travels a lot know how to put up with the minor inconveniences and learns how to improve life while in the air such as adjusting to time zone changes, drinking fluids and taking advantage of frequent flyer miles.  Still there are some practical things to pay attention to while aboard:   

 When flight attendants are told to sit down: The common to have the “seatbelt sign” appear and for the pilot to make an announcement about expected turbulence which may be an annoyance but is not dangerous.  But if the pilot suddenly asks that the crew be seated, they are likely to think one of the next two things may happen.   

  1. Massive updraft: It’s like hitting a speed-bump at 500 mph and everything may be thrown in the air.
  2. Wind shear: Like a massive updraft, wind shear brings a sudden jet of downward air that sometimes occurs near storm fronts, mountains and other special conditions.  Luckily, new devices give better warning of when the conditions that make wind shear occur.   
  3. Where you sit: According to Ben Sherwood, author of The Survivors Club, the safest place to sit is not in the front or back but within five rows of an exit.  Also, it’s generally more comfortable to sit near or between the wings because it’s the smoothest ride and is likely to have the most reasonable air temperature. 
  4. Sitting in too long: During long-haul air travel (to avoid deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism): avoid dehydration, move around, get an aisle seat, consider graduated low leg compression socks, think about low-risk blood thinners if you have no risk factors (e.g. red wine, aspirin, niacin and tea), take medical blood thinners when traveling if you have risk factors (talk to your doctor).
  5. When flight attendants are told to sit down: The common to have the “seatbelt sign” appear and for the pilot to make an announcement about expected turbulence which may be an annoyance but is not dangerous.  But if the pilot suddenly asks that the crew be seated, they are likely to think one of the next two things may happen.   

Great Travel Quote

Posted on: October 1st, 2010 | No Comments

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go.  I travel for travel’s sake.  The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson