What can you not live without while traveling?

Recently we read an article that focused on the Duchess of Sussex. As you all might know, Mel & Suan are republicans – ie we are do not believe in nobility. But the article was not about all of those things. It was all about what the Duchess said she cannot do without while on journeys.

Did not read the article?

Well, let us summarize for you. Essentially the commoner turned duchess shared her personal tips for travel, including what she would bring with her to meet exigencies that may crop up. Such as little nicks and stings.

Mel has a sinus issue that acts up whenever the plane descends. The pressure somehow acts on his inner ears that cause severe pain. So much that he’d have a headache that might lead to a flu later on… knock on effects one might say. So what is his panacea? A couple of pairs of ear plugs. It also helps reduce the noise beating on one’s ear drums (yeah it can get to 105 decibels at takeoff).

So what are the things that you cannot “live” without while on a journey?

Spa treatments that give you a high?

About 18 months ago we wrote about getting a high from cuisine (here). In that article we shared how opioid use in cuisines are being legalized in some parts of the world. Well, it seems that we are progressing beyond desserts and even into the world of spa treatment.

On a related subject of being ‘high’, some folks find other forms to achieve it.

But today we are not referring to the use of substances which we abhor, but to achieve wellness through natural means. Such as soaking in nutrient rich warm waters and absorbing the goodness that nature has bestowed upon us. Good eh? You will know that good health is first and foremost before anything else. No health surely leads to a path of ill wealth etc.

Enjoy Spa? Well we do. As often as we can when we are in Japan we will frequent these public baths where the rich waters from the depths of the earth can be enjoyed. Do you get a high from spa treatments?

 

How good’s your listening?

As you might also notice, there are many people on headphones walking around with their smartphones. Today this would be as ubiquitous as it can get. Since it is also said that there are more than 2 billion smartphone users in the world today though folks may well quote statistics that differ.

Not the point of this post.

We were more interested in how using headphones will affect hearing. This intrigued us because we read of this guy here who can recognize birds just from listening to their song. Wow. Now that surely takes great hearing to be able to first tune in to the chirping and then discerning it. Tweet! LOL.

Where we live (ie the little red dot), its never truly quiet. We have plenty of traffic on the roads and in the skies that contribute to the hustle and bustle of daily life. Then there are the neighbours, the chattering of children and crying of babies… All in a day’s life indeed. Some people simply hate that while others love it. Talk about a man’s meat being another’s poison.

We all encounter challenges in listening in our lives from the office to being at home. How do you filter out the noise?

Bad Medicine is what you do not need

Late last year, we chanced upon an article (here) at the Independent on the risk of buying medicines at airport pharmacies that can be illegal or against the law (within limits) at the destination that travelers journey to.

While the focus of the article was on British travelers making purchases of medicinal product while headed for the middle east on holidays (or work), the same can be applied to airports elsewhere. Simply because there is no unified regulatory standard across all countries for what is approved and what not. We should know… heheh. And it surely extends beyond medicines too…

Mel recalls a colleague visiting Amsterdam and bought some ‘magic’ cigarettes that seemed to make him “strong”… he was about to bring it home with him when Mel stopped him. Phew! Can you imagine the consequences? Have you had experiences like this?

We’ve written about staying healthy while on your journeys (here and here). Perhaps an important part of that includes bringing along your medication. Bonjovi might have objected to the title of this post, but we think it is important to do some homework.

Do you bring medicines with you when you journey abroad? How do you know that it is not illegal and may cause you troubles at your destination?

Visiting and relaxing in a sanitorium

Heheh… the word sanitorium in the modern context might suggest to you that one’s gone bonkers… Or that one had contracted a virulent form of TB. But did you know that sanitoriums were not all built for the purposes of taking in such afflicted persons?

If this post is true, then the good folks of the soviet era did have a little more joy than we are told. Though it would only be for two weeks, the vouchers or subsidized holidays would be a respite from the daily grind. Did you read the post? They sure have some strange ways to relax!

You might recall, outside of the soviet system in supposedly capitalist countries we also get the two weeks of paid vacation (some places much more), but we have pay for our own relaxation… hmmm… the irony. Is it really so much better to have to slog your way and yet be “worse” off? Do you think you are worse off today then before or will things only look up?

The world is in flux these days. Income inequality is rising. Technologies are disrupting the way businesses and how their processes are being run. New ways of doing things are emerging that will subsume existing ones in a disruptive creation. It’s no surprise that many folks who are caught up in these changes on the wrong side of the road are beginning to resist the tide.

Many might wish for a return to the past when life was predictable. At least the soviets had a way for workers to relax. Will you travel to a Soviet era sanitorium?

Cleanliness and health while on the road

One of the things about traveling is staying healthy and safe. And specifically we are talking about getting bitten by bugs. Not the ones out in the jungle. But in places where you’d least expect them.

In the past we had written about what is the dirtiest items in your hotel room (here). Two years ago we wrote about bed bugs (here) as one of our first posts. Yeah, that sure wasn’t a popular post, possibly because of the featured picture but probably also because it was among our first posts. Back in the day when we first started we had hardly any readership traffic! Heheh…

Hence it is time for us to revisit this topic, since it seems that these unwanted critters are making a real comeback not just in some parts of the world, but also beginning to be present in places that are quite unexpected – like on planes… We came across this article in the Straits Times recently while troughing through past articles. Darn it got us a little paranoid… not to mention the sudden feeling of itch coming out of nowhere.

Anyway. Now you know what to look out for.

Today with lots of us on the go, it is not just these bugs that get carried around. Viruses and bacteria too are being transported along too. We’ve read what folks pack for a journey for prevention. What do you do to prepare against bugs before getting on your journey?