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Our nineteen year old daughter came to us a couple of months ago with the surprise that she had booked a 30 day trip to Indonesia. Before we could ask her any questions, she told us that she had places to stay with a back-up plan, had called the cell phone company, had arranged for health insurance and had already received her travel vaccines. Not only was she a brave girl to be traveling so far away on her own, but she had done her homework and was well prepared. She also created a Google document for us with all of her trip details, along with full names, addresses and online links to everyone she was planning to visit. This is a great idea for any solo traveler, especially during an international trip, connect it to someone you trust, just in case of an emergency.
Her flight was over 34 hours of travel from home to Jakarta that included two layovers (Chicago, Tokyo) then another few hours by car to her destination, not an easy trip!
The tips below include her advice for surviving such long international travel;
1. Dress comfortably with such items as loose fitting pants and removable layers. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes to accommodate long walks through the airport and to help with in-flight swelling.
2. Check your bags and be smart while packing your carry-on. Reading material, electronics, chargers, battery back-ups, meds, snacks, lip balm, face wipes and anti-bacterial wipes are a must. Remember to not over pack so that you have a little room for airport shopping. She bought a good size travel backpack with several pockets and it worked out great.
3. Stretch and move around when you can. If you have a layover, try to walk around as much as possible. Get out of your seat in-flight when allowed to and stretch. If you have circulation problems, purchase compression socks ahead of time. She really enjoyed her two hour layover in the Tokyo airport.
4. Stay hydrated. As tempting as they are, try to avoid caffeine and alcohol, they both can cause dehydration. Drinking a lot of water is key to fighting bloat and leg swelling during long flights.
5. Power up those electronics. Load your tablet or phone with your favorite books, movies and television shows. Thank goodness we have Xfinity X1 and she was able to use the Xfinity X1 Stream app during a large portion of her travels.
With the Xfinity Stream app she has access to her entire channel lineup, top networks and live sports while on the go plus thousands of Xfinity On Demand movies and shows and access to her DVR library anytime! This really helped pass the time during her two and half hour layover in Chicago. It was five in the morning and nothing was open. Not wanting to leave her gate this was the perfect time to stream an On Demand movie.
The Xfinity Stream app also allowed her to download top movies and shows to watch anywhere, even while she was offline. This was the biggest help while in-flight. Even though the plane offered internet service it wasn’t strong enough to stream anything online. That didn’t stop Allison from enjoying catching up on her favorite series, Westworld, to pass the time.
Long international flights aren’t easy on the body or the mind. Hopefully these tips will make your travels a little more tolerable.
Allison spent the majority of her time in Indonesia visiting areas of Bandung and West Java. She experienced city life and more rural life, both so very different from her own here in the United States. She ate, hiked huge mountains, camped, shopped, prayed and really took it all in. It was an incredible, life-changing experience for her. Meeting online friends in-person can sometimes be a letdown. Thankfully this was not the case for her, everyone she met exceeded her expectations with generosity and hospitality. Friendships were made that will hopefully last a lifetime.
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