By: Katerina Rioseco
This blog is Part 2 of the travel blog series. Read the first blog here.
For as long as I can remember my favorite part of a flight has been the landing. There is something about that final descent, the weird mechanical noises I always imagine to be wheels coming down, the hover, that life and death fight against gravity and Newton's laws; man against science. If you’re traveling to Puerto Rico, like I did for most of my childhood, the eruption of cheers and clapping upon our survival…I mean…arrival. It is exhilarating.
All the prep work is done, and all that’s left is to enjoy or explore the vacationland of your choice. Susie and Lissi have some tips for that too!
You’ve Arrived…Now What?
Well…first, please take a moment to look around and collect the things you may have dropped, shed, or stuffed into the dark abyss that is the seat-back pocket in front of you, throughout the flight. Then get the heck off the plane!
No really, the sooner you do, the sooner our flight crew can too, and don’t forget your manners either, a thank you is always appreciated!
Leaving Jet-Lag on the Jet-Plane!
OKAY. We’ve talked about what to do (and definitely not do) before and on the plane, now we need to talk about the best way to be a stranger in a strange land and that, my friend, starts with an age-old dilemma…jet lag. If you, like me, have suffered at the hands of the shifting, social construct, that is time, then you know how crippling (or occasionally convenient–looking at you Pacific Time deadlines) a bout of jet lag can be.
Susie and Lissi both claim the key is food and sleep…Lissi says “avoid the urge to take a nap…get dressed, go out, have lunch and a few drinks (this is key) then go back to the hotel and take an afternoon nap—wake up, shower and have dinner etc.” The trick is to match your eating schedule to the locale you’re visiting. Susie says “try not to sleep and power though,” she says staying hydrated and getting sunlight really help her to resync too.
From these conversations, I’ve gathered that traveling is personal–everyone has their own method, some better and more organized than others–but these methods seem to be something that is tested, iterated, and improved upon over time.
The best way to get better at traveling is to travel often. With a world as large and varied as this one, why wouldn’t you want to? As Susie says “Travel is uncomfortable, but it’s a great way to grow as a person…the only way you grow is when you’re a little uncomfortable.”
BY: Katerina Rioseco