Who would have thought that over 3.9 billion people worldwide could be confined in their homes and that most long-haul transport could be frozen? The C19 lockdown is hitting the long-haul transportation industry pretty hard. In just a few weeks, the world’s busiest airlines have grounded nearly all the planes in their fleet. Even once lockdown and travel restrictions are lifted, the industry will suffer massively from the fear of a second pandemic peak. In this new reality, we will witness a dramatic restructuring of the long-haul transportation industry. This crisis will trigger a new wave of investment in the sustainable travel industry. The aviation industry will move towards a greener future by investing more in green synthetic fuels, liquid hydrogen, energy efficiency, and electric aviation. At least, we hope so.
It was fantastic to be able to go on an overseas surf trip. A bit tiresome? Sure!
There are plenty of ways to improve your situation, though. Here is some practical advice as to how to overcome the long haul blues. Maybe we will travel less, maybe we will travel differently, but we will not stay confined forever.
There are many kinds of sleeping tablets. The herbal type, the over the counter snoozers, the prescription-only types, and then the 'powerful' prescription-only types. Well, forget the herbals and the over-the counters. They don't work. If they did work then why would people pay doctors to get prescriptions? Well, maybe melatonin works, but more on that later.
The prescription-only tablets are the way forward, something like Dormonoct. Puts you to sleep for a few hours and doesn't make you feel like a drugged elephant when you wake up. The strong prescription-only tablets work like a charm but do have a severe side-effect – deep-vein thrombosis.
If you take a strong one and fall asleep on your arm or your hand, and stop blood flow, this can precipitate deep vein thrombosis - the formation of a blood clot in a deep vein - that can be fatal. So speak to your doctor and get some standard sleeping tablets. Wash them down with some fine Chianti.
Bonus: Travel Pillow, Noise-cancellation earplugs & a good book
Everyone tells you not to drink while flying. The alcohol at high altitudes makes you three times drunker and dehydrates you three times as much. I beg to differ. The booze is free, it relieves stress, it can help break the ice with people crammed in next to you. So have some of the free alcohol. A couple of Gin and Tonics, enjoy some fine red wine, have a couple of beers. It'll help you to sleep, but don't overdo it, because there's no dancefloor later.
People do say that you should drink loads and loads of water while travelling, but not everyone agrees. The best advice is to have some water with you at all times, especially if you're going to drink alcohol. You might wake up with a raging Brandy and Coke-induced thirst in the middle of the night, so it's good to have a bottle next to you when you fall asleep. There's really no need to down litres of the stuff though. Just drink what you need, and drink when you thirsty.
The general consensus is to not eat while flying. The way around this is to have a good meal at the airport just before leaving, and have another good one when you arrive. Also sounds feasible. Aeroplane food often leads to constipation and worse.
If you're usually a clockwork sort of person, long haul travel can quite easily mess with your movements. It's one of those things that you have to deal with, however. Here's how to deal with it. Wake up early and check out the toilets. Eventually, people will start moving about, and the older people will begin lining for the bathrooms with worried looks on their faces. This is your cue. Jump up and join the old people. Many will think that the queues will subside but they won't. The oldies take forever in the toilets doing their morning ablutions. Join them in the line. At least that way you're on the toilet program. You will be laughing eventually.
Put some essential clothing items into your carry-on luggage. A few pairs of spare underpants, two tees, a pair of socks and a light tracksuit. A small bottle of cream in case you get a bit of a rash, and some roll-on deodorant.
The clothing items will ensure that your flight is a lot more comfortable than those wearing jeans with big belts and belt buckles, and even more so those that might be wearing suits.
The cream and deodorant will see you to the first place you can have a shower, and that's all you need when you get to your destination. A shower and some waves, and it'll all be fine.