Realistic things you should do after a flight

I was browsing the blogosphere and I landed on an article about travelling, more specifically, what you should do as soon as you get off a plane. I was expecting insightful tips on what to pack in my carry-on that people always forget, or where to go first when you’re in a new city, general useful stuff… I was not prepared to what the article was actually about.

things to do when you get off a plane

Which got me thinking, what would I recommend as the first three things that everyone should do after a flight? First of all, I would remind people to sanitise their hands, and to have easy access to their destination address and, in case of AirBnB, contact number.  Apparently I am very materialistic and not enough 'in the moment' for thinking so. According to this article, the first thing to do is to unfurl your mat and do some yoga.

I am really not sure what kind of Californian lifestyle gurus they were trying to target with this amazing list, but in my whole life I have never seen anyone unfurl their yoga mat and stretch. Can you imagine? The plane just landed, you are waiting for your luggage when you see someone on the baggage carousel, yoga mat and matching pants, striking a pose and sliding away.

What normal people do is drink some water or, if you are fancy, ‘rehydrate’. Which would be another of the things I would recommend doing once you get off a plane. Keep some coins or a small note to buy a bottle of water as soon as you have the chance. You won't regret it!

I hope you are sitting down because the second most important thing to do, according to this article, is groundbreaking and I don’t know if you can take it: take a deep breath of non-recirculated air.

That was the thing.

Dear travel bloggers, unlike your beliefs, everyone breathe and there is air everywhere. Should we hold our breath during the whole flight? Everyone will necessarily breathe in some fresh air, sorry, ‘non-recirculated’ air, at some point, would you like us to do it while waiting in the taxi line? Is that soon enough?

Now, I want you to visualise your latest trip by plane. Remember the heavy luggage, the temperature, the stress; how long it took you to reach the place where you were staying, then organising your stuff and getting ready to start exploring without a second to spare. 

Or doing an extreme amount of emergency laundry if you were flying back from a trip.

Either way, a shower would help your blood circulation, plus it would get rid of airplane smell and overall tension. No one could argue with that. 

Or could they?

The health professionals that wrote the article recommend getting your bare feet in the ocean as soon as possible to clear the energy and reset your nervous system. They call it ‘earthing’.

Clearly, these professionals have never visited Europe or left their favourite American Coast. I don’t know about you, but 99% of the flights I have ever taken were to cities with no ocean anywhere near them.

So, what do they do? Hold their breath during the flight, barely drinking because if it’s not a detox tea is not good enough for them, travel with a yoga mat as their carry-on luggage, breathe in some healthy London air, take a train to Liverpool, ferry to Ireland, train to Dingle, and dip their feet in the Atlantic Ocean. Then go back and start their trip, or do everything again in a never-ending cycle of ‘re-circulated air’ and ‘earthing’. 

Last advice from me, not a health professional but a reasonable person who travelled a bit, is to find in your contact list someone who you used to be friends with that now lives in the city you are about to visit. Catch up and get a cheeky tour of the best places according to locals, two birds with one stone! Also, meeting up friends of friends might be a good idea, a sort of blind date. Perhaps a but awkward at first but, if you have a friend in common who paired you two together, chances are you will get along.

Inspired by: Wellandgood
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