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How can one make a long journey relaxing and enjoyable?
(02.20.2008)

One of the most unpleasant things for tourists are long distance flights that cross time zones at a high speeds, as this can disrupt the one’s physiological rhythm very easily, causing jet-lag. Here, by following our advice listed below, it may help you overcome the discomfort caused by long distance flights.

(1. You should wear loose, comfortable clothes and shoes; once you are on board the plane, you can loosen you clothes, take off your shoes, rotate your toes and totally relax your muscles as much as possible.

2. The food you eat before traveling, during traveling and after traveling should be easily digestible (such as fruits, vegetables and high-fiber carbohydrate foods like bread, rice, noodles, etc.), which can help you relax your muscles and boost your digestive functions.

3. A day prior to and during your flight, you should avoid drinking alcohol or caffeinated drinks. During the flight, you should drink water and juice. Before setting out and during the flight, you should drink more water to increase skin hydration in order to prevent dry skin after a long distance flight.

4. Before setting out, you should wear glasses/spectacles instead of contact lenses.

5. Try doing some simple exercises during the flight, and continue to do so for 1 to 2 days after reaching your destination. The following exercises can help you relieve fatigue syndromes (for example, jet-lag) caused by high speed flying across time zones. You can do all these exercises without leaving your seat, and they will not inconvenience your neighboring passengers.

Sit up with a straight body, breathe evenly, and do the following movements slowly:

- lean your head to the left side slowly, hold this position for 5 minutes, then lean your head to the right side slowly, hold this position for 5 minutes, then return to your normal position, repeat 5 times;

- slowly press your chin close to your chest, hold this position for 5 minutes, then return to your normal position, repeat 5 times;

- press your left ear close to your left shoulder, hold this position for 5 minutes, press your right ear to your right shoulder, hold this position for 5 minutes, then return to your normal position, repeat 5 times;

- rotate your left shoulder 10 times, rotate your right shoulder 10 times, rotate your shoulders forwards 5 times, and rotate your shoulders backwards 5 times;

- stretch your arms and hands out straight forwards, keep the hands as loose fists, rotate your left hand 5 times, rotate your right hand 5 times, then rotate both hands 5 times;

- lift your bottom tightly, hold this position for 5 minutes then relax, repeat 5 times;

- stretch out your legs with the left leg out straight forwards, move your left foot upwards and downwards, return to your normal position, stretch your right leg out straight forwards, move your right foot upwards and downwards, return to your normal position, repeat 10 times;

- raise your left foot, rotate it clockwise then counterclockwise 5 times respectively, put your left foot on the floor, then do so with your right foot 5 times; and

- slowly close your feet inwards, press the big toes firmly together, hold this position for 5 minutes, then relax, repeat 5 times.