Navigating trains, planes and automobiles to get to your holiday destination can be tough at the best of times, but the silly season brings with it a whole other level of complexity.
December is a month of seemingly non-stop office parties, gatherings and get-togethers, culminating with the usual over indulgence on Christmas Day. The result is often a sore head, bloated stomach, exhaustion and everything in between – not great when you’re about to set off on an adventure.
And adventure is on the cards for Aussie travellers this Christmas. According to research from Cheapflights.com.au, one third of Australians (33 per cent) planning a Christmas break are looking to the Northern Hemisphere for a White Christmas with countries in Europe, North America and Scandinavia high on the search list.
The research also shows that the dates Australians are planning to depart on are right in the thick of celebrations. Domestically, locals are most likely to fly out between 21 to 25 December, with Christmas Eve the most popular departure date. For international jetsetters, 19 and 18 December are the key outbound dates, followed closely by 23 to 25 December.
Fortunately, thanks to a few tips and tricks from Cheapflights.com.au, you can get in to the spirit of things while also being 100 per cent travel ready this Christmas.
- Pack the feel-good essentials
Sunglasses are a must when you’re not looking or feeling the best, so start with those and then add headphones, preferably noise-cancelling ones to reduce noise levels around you. A good survival pack should also include aspirin, something dry and salty and something sweet (just in case!), stomach meds and other over-the-counter remedies which can usually be found at any airport newsstand or pharmacy.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Increasing your fluids is the best way to combat the effects of festive season revelry and the dry airplane atmosphere. Crystal-clear water is the best but if you need an extra boost, try Gatorade to restore those all-important electrolytes. Travelling by air can add to dehydration as can hotel air con, so start the day with a good 600ml of water and take advantage of every water fountain you see. While flying, be sure to ask the flight attendant for an extra juice or water when the beverage cart comes by.
- Boost your immune system
Over indulging can be a menace for digestive health. One of the best ways to get on the front foot when travelling is to take a probiotic supplement containing ‘good bacteria’ that help to regulate your digestive system. This could also help you feel less queasy during your trip.
- Don’t run on empty
Even if your appetite is shot, you have to make yourself eat something. Crackers, toast, a banana and other plain items usually aren’t too tough on your stomach and will help lay the foundation for a more substantial meal. Avoid the many unhealthy options so easily available when traveling and try to find something healthy, like a high-quality sandwich or salad. If you can’t bring yourself to stomach a full meal, stick with snacks. Nuts will help to keep your blood sugar levels stable and also bring in additional nutrients.
- Avoid reading at all costs
You may not notice it but reading while you’re in motion can contribute to an already-existing feeling of queasiness, especially if you’re in the back seat of a vehicle. Stash the book or magazine away until you start to feel better. If you can’t give up your celebrity mag or the inflight read, then Dramamine is one option that helps to cure motion sickness quickly.