You have carefully chosen where you want to go, but what about how you’re going to get there?
How long is the flight? What time will you leave? How long in transit once you’ve landed? Are you planning a calm, relaxing holiday or an exciting, often tiring road trip? Is your destination well adapted to your physical condition and your daily habits?
Before you leave, it’s important to discuss these questions and the consequences of making a long flight, with your doctor. It is particularly essential if:
Leaving is always accompanied by stress and can cause anxiety, discomfort, feeling faint or even falling down. By following these simple measures, you can prevent harmful consequences from occurring:
The atmosphere in an airplane is extremely dry (relative hygrometry is less than 10%) at an imaginary altitude of 1500 – 2500 meters. These two factors are the source of several discomforts, which can be easily addressed. Just follow the advice below:
As soon as you arrive, plan to rest a bit, if possible with your legs up. The time change usually feels the most brutal when flying west to east. You will therefore suffer from jetlag more when you fly from Europe to Asia, and when returning to Europe after a trip to the United States. Re-adapting requires as many days are there are hours of time difference. In the case of continuous medical treatment, be sure to adopt yourself gradually to the local time. If necessary, begin to change your time zone to the tune of one hour a day, two or three days before leaving.
Once you’ve arrived, the most important thing to do is to immediately follow the eating and sleeping times of your host country. Get yourself quickly synchronised to local time. Exposing yourself to light is also an important factor for helping your biological clock reset itself. The bottom line is that it’s important to stay awake during the day and to sleep at night!
If you have any problems whilst travelling, don’t wait until you get home to consult a doctor. Allianz Global Assistance’s emergency medical team is available to discuss any questions or doubts you may have about your health. We can provide useful advice and organize a consultation wherever you are.
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