Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Interesting Travel Articles For The Day

Three articles came across my feed today that I found pretty interesting.

The first, featured in the New York Time travel section, is a list of commonly asked questions by all of us when traveling.  Does the recirculated air really make us sick? (Probably not)  Are cocktails more potent at higher altitudes? (You betcha)

I found this to be a quick but enjoyable read that touched on some of the things that we constantly discuss when traveling yet never really answer.  I know you might get funny looks applying sunscreen on a plane, but at least the article addresses a valid concern of some travelers.  Sadly, the age old question about cell phones being turned off isn't really answered at all.  The issue is left open for interpretation and the "better safe than sorry" mentality.

The New York Times also published an article on travelers' age-old battle with jet lag.  Obviously with the advent of commercial travel, we have only been crossing time zones for roughly 100 years.  Our bodies haven't yet evolved and adapted to the stresses that jet lag causes.  The author references some great (avoid alcohol) and also off the wall (wear sunglasses the entire flight) methods to beating the jet lag monster.  Some of these tips come from the NASA "fatigue management team."  Who knew they even existed??

The third article is much more playful and even a bit philosophical in nature.  Appearing on CNN Travel, this feature talks about the different types of personalities that tend to opt for either aisle or window seats.  Aisle seat occupants are more focused on work and relish the ability to leave the seat quickly if need be.  Window seat enthusiasts tend to be more romantic and artistic (take this for what it's worth).  They love that million-dollar view that is exclusively theirs.

My issue is that in the beginning of my flying "career," I was a die-hard window seat supporter.  These days?  I tend to mix it up and try out the aisle on longer hauls.  What does this mean?  Am I having an existential crisis?

Let me know what you think.  Drop a comment and let me know which type of person you are: aisle or window.  Until tomorrow everyone!

-Charm City Traveler

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