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Amazing Facts about Flying and Traveling

Traveling is an awesome and fulfilling experience. Although it may not always be smooth, the experiences along the way – good or bad – will help you learn better about the world at large and in smaller details. And besides, the world is too beautiful, wonderful and exciting to stay in one place, right?

Passionate about flying and travel? Then check out the other interesting facts about traveling that may further fuel your wanderlust!

1) The pilot and the co-pilot should not eat the same type of meals at the same time.
Food and flying a plane? That sounds so far-out at first, but there is actually a connection between the two. A calm and smooth flight is the key to the safety and security of the airline passengers and crew. So in order to achieve that, the flight crew sticks to specific rules and regulations. One of the rules is that the two pilots should eat different meals while on the job. There’s a sound reason for that: if one of the pilots get sick as a result of eating a certain type of meal (which has gone bad, obviously), the other pilot would take control of the plane.

2) Aviation travel is the safest mode of transport in the world.
This comes as a complete surprise to many. Yes, there may be high-profile accidents and incidences such as the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines. People may find aviation safety as open to question and debate, but the statistics otherwise do not lie. Only .24 of every one million departures resulted in a fatal crash, totaling just 761 deaths. It means that the airplane is still the safest means of transportation. This is a stark contrast to traveling on the road – about 1.3 million people die in vehicular accidents every year!

3) Scientific research shows that traveling can improve health and happiness.
Those travel junkies surely know how fun, exciting and fulfilling travel can be. And now there are scientific pieces of evidence which prove that traveling can be beneficial to our overall health and well-being. Traveling more frequently can bring positive emotions, help in lowering down stress levels and the risk of heart disease, and help in improving our social skills and relationships.

If you combine travel and exercise together, the better! Even small workouts while on the road will do additional wonders to your health. Check out “Fitness for Travelers: The Ultimate Workout Guide for the Road” to bring fitness activities to your travel agenda.

4) Travel is not always expensive.
You wish to explore far-flung places that you’ve never been to, but you are cowered by the thought that traveling may be too expensive. Well, you are not alone. Money is the main reason why people think they cannot afford to travel. While travel may cost you considerably, it is not always very expensive. There are many airlines with affordable flights, and travel agencies that offer cheap tickets and discounted airfares. You can choose hotels that offer incredible discounts, or better yet, opt to stay in hostels (which are definitely cheaper than hotels). The trade-off though is that cheaper flights mean slower travel, but you will eventually get the hang of it. Just don’t be picky when it comes to choosing flights and destinations that will match your budget.

5) Jet lag is worse when traveling from west to east.
Every flyer feels jet lag once in a while. But have you noticed that you feel jet lag even worse after flying from west to east than the other way around? And why is that so?

It’s because of our natural cycle of sleeping and waking up (the full cycle is actually 24.5 hours, not 24 hours). Jet lag feels less bad when flying from east to west because this direction means longer hours to our days, which give our bodies plenty of time to adjust. Flying from west to east, on the other hand, shortens our day, making our bodies slower and harder to adapt.

Travel Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

It is not unusual to make a few careless mistakes whether you embark on your first trip abroad or you travel several times a year. However, these mistakes can be really costly and will most likely turn your travels a little less pleasant and enjoyable.

Here are some of the tips that you should take heed to prevent yourself from falling into the usual tourist pitfalls, making your travels hassle-free as possible.

1) Overpacking
It is tempting to pack a lot of outfits for every eventuality, but in the end, hauling your luggage around becomes too difficult. Traveling with a heavy backpack, for instance, can be extremely painful, and you’re going to regret having stuffed a dozen outfits, a laptop, a charger, a blow dryer and extra two pairs of footwear into your already half-full luggage. An overpacked bag can also become a waste of time, as it takes you longer to pack and unpack. Climbing up and down the stairs with a full load feels quite like a Calvary.

Plus, overpacking also means paying extra fees for exceeding the luggage weight limit. So resist the urge to overpack as possible.

Instead, pack like a minimalist – this is one of the best things to ensure convenience when you’re on the road. Take half of the outfits that you have initially planned – chances are, you won’t be wearing all of them. Carry only the most essential items and take away the others that you can do without. Look out for lodgings that offer a laundry service, or nearby laundromats. If you’re a backpacker and you find that the laundromat is too expensive, you can always do a quick laundry at the bathroom sink.

2) Bringing traveler’s checks
Before the use of ATM and credit cards gained wider acceptance, traveler’s checks used to be the norm. These checks, issued by banks at a fixed value, are usually converted into cash no matter where you are in the world. While traveler’s checks are still around (believe it or not), their usefulness has been in steady decline in favor of ATM cards and credit cards, which are definitely easier and more convenient to use.

Besides, only a few banks are now willing to accept traveler’s checks and offer them protection in case they are lost or stolen.

3) Skipping travel insurance
While travel insurance means additional expense, you should be reminded that being out on the road can be unpredictable. You never know what will happen along the way. You may get injured, or one of your important belongings may get lost or stolen… or worse! Getting travel insurance provides you protection and security especially when you travel abroad. In fact, it is one of the most essential things that every traveler should have. So be smart – and buy travel insurance.

4) Not taking some local currency at the airport
You should grab some local currency as soon as you arrive at the airport. You may have ATM cards or credit cards to use whenever possible, but it is also good to keep some local money on hand. It is useful for situations where credit cards are not accepted – such as cab rides and local markets. Keep a little extra cash in case of emergencies.

5) Failing to check visa requirements
There’s nothing more frustrating than being refused at a local checkpoint that may forbid you from traveling. It can also be costlier than you think. To prevent that from happening, check the various information on the Internet regarding visa requirements for different countries. Obtaining a visa can be complicated and time-consuming, so you have to be patient with the process. But if you want to get it ASAP, you may have to enlist the help of a visa expeditor for a fee.

My First Time Flying on the A380 (in Business Class!!)

I think that another day another destination will become my catch phrase. It is cheesy but I like it and it definitely rings true with my life style.

Today was a different type of day. Yes, I had somewhere to be. I was flying to Stockholm to help with their software integration. But the destination was not the only reason I was excited. Today I flew on the giant of the sky – the A380! I had kept close watch on the Airbus A380 ever since it was first flown but for whatever reason I never had a chance to fly on it. It also didn’t help that my flights were always booked for me.

As this was a last minute trip I took it upon myself to book the flight, and lucky I did. I saw that the A380 was flying the route that I needed to go on – and I had also accumulated enough frequent flyer miles that I could upgrade my flight to business class! I knew this was going to be a great trip and upgrading the flight was something I probably wouldn’t have done before. I guess I am staying true to my revelations that I told you all about in my last update.

I have to say the experience was fantastic and one that I will absolutely be doing again. What made it so great for me was the extra perks. I was picked up by my own personal driver and whizzed through check in. I sat in the lounge and enjoyed a glass of wine and 15 minute shoulder massage to prepare myself for the long flight ahead.

On board I was given PJ’s which I quickly changed into. I wrote an entry into my diary, watched a movie and actually fell asleep! I had a capsule to myself and I think the privacy is what made sleep possible.

I was hungry when I woke up but lucky for the airline I flew with offers dining on demand. The food was fantastic and the staff were equally wonderful. I have to say I was a bit depressed when I realized we were descending and the flight was almost over!

I also have to say that I think coach has been ruined for me. I had such a wonderful flight that I can’t see myself flying in coach again (although I have to on the way back home!).