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According to ABTA research, last year 86% of us went on holiday, with the average Brit taking 3.4 holidays in the calendar year.
Sometimes though, the travel involved in reaching our holiday destinations can be difficult both logistically and physically. However, whether you’re heading on an overseas holiday hotspot or a hidden British gem, there are simple steps that you can take to make long journeys hassle free.
Whether you’re visiting Bali, Barbados or any of the other popular long haul holiday destinations, the rewards of long haul flights are wonderful. Even though the journey can be a little bit arduous, there are plenty of steps you can take to make it easier.
Remember, long haul travel is different to what it used to be. Nowadays, after boarding the plane, you’ll find that you have your own television/infotainment set, even in economy class. So, as you fly to your long haul destination of choice, you can enjoy your favourite shows, play a few games or even watch the latest releases from the cinema.
Use the Advice of Travel Agents
You can check what options are available and included before you book – just ask your travel agent. However, before you book with them, you should also ask about upgrades.
If your budget doesn’t stretch that far, that isn’t a problem. Ask your travel agent about upgrading your seat within economy class. If you get an aisle seat with your booking, you’ll have more room to stretch your legs, and you’ll also find it much easier to get up and go for a walk or visit the bathroom.
Keep Active in the Cabin
In addition, one of the most important long haul flight tips we can give you is that you shouldn’t stay in your seat for too long. Although there isn’t too much space to get up and walk around, you should get out of your seat and walk to the toilet and back several times during your flight to keep your circulation active.
If you don’t fancy that, then there are a number of other travel exercises you can do from your seat to keep all your muscles and joints moving. So, while seated do:
The whole routine will only take around five minutes, so just complete it at the end of each film.
Use In-flight Essentials
In addition, you should also make sure you have all the essentials in your hand luggage. If you’re sleeping on an overnight flight, then pack a neck pillow, as this will help prevent you from getting neck ache. For a great night’s sleep, you should also pack a mask and some ear plugs.
The low humidity on board an aircraft can make you feel dehydrated. So, pack some water in your hand luggage so that you can drink a little bit every so often. However, remember that you can’t take large volumes of liquids through security, so purchase a sealed bottle of water from inside the airport after your security check.
To help keep your skin hydrated, pack some moisturiser and any other skincare essentials. On top of this, you should also pack any medicines, just in case you need them. However, make sure that everything you pack will be allowed to pass through airport security.
On a cruise ship, long journeys are simple because you have the freedom to move around the ship and your cabin. However, there are still a number of things that you should consider.
Find the Best Accommodation
Firstly, try to book as far in advance as possible. This way, you’ll have the best selection of rooms on a floor that suits you, which should help with accessibility. If you’re travelling with family or friends, you’ll also find it easier to get adjoining rooms or rooms close to each other.
Make Sure the Experience Matches your Needs
During the booking, you should mention any needs that you have to your travel agent. They can help you by selecting rooms with features such as wider doors or roll-in showers. They’ll also inform the cruise operator, who will then ensure everything is in place for your stay.
Finally, take advantage of priority boarding. This way, not only can you board away from the crowds, but extra assistance will be available. At this point, you can also notify the staff on the ship about any additional needs you may have.
If you’re travelling within this country, a car journey is the perfect way to travel. This way, you can take all of your home comforts with you. Plus, remember that there’s no reason why you have to visit the continent to have a good time. Some of the best UNESCO World Heritage Sites are available to see and explore in this country, and you can’t beat a day at the seaside with your family.
Get Plenty of Rest
Before you hit the open road, there are a number of steps that you can take to prepare yourself for any long journeys. According to Doctor Michael Breus, who is known as ‘The Sleep Doctor’, you should plan your journey to avoid driving between 1pm and 3pm, if possible to avoid energy lulls. You should also get at least seven hours of sleep for two consecutive nights before starting your journey, so you’re fresh and energised.
Before you get behind the wheel, plan your journey using a route planner. Not only will this show you exactly how long the journey will take, but it will also show you points nearby where you can stop and take a break. It’s worth checking this beforehand, even if you already have a satnav.
Take a Break and Sit Comfortably
During any long journeys you take, you should always stop if you feel tired. By taking your time, you’re ensuring that everyone is safe.
To make the journey itself more comfortable, you should tilt your seat so that it matches your body shape. This way, your seat will be adjusted for maximum blood flow, which will help keep you energised. Not only will slouching hurt your back, but it will also leave you feeling drowsy, so try sit up if you can.
If you love days at the seaside or trips to one of Britain’s many UNESCO-listed sites, then one approach to make your travel more comfortable is to make your journey much shorter by retiring closer to your favourite locations.
We have a variety of retirement properties for sale across the UK near to some top holiday destinations, so why not take a look and see what we have available in your favourite locations? The family and friends of our residents can also stay in the guest suites that most of our developments offer, which again can make your holiday travel much easier.
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