As many of you may know, I'm in Wellington, New Zealand right now visiting my family (daughter, son-in-law, and beautiful baby grandson). Getting here involved three hours on AMTRAK, 13 hours over the Pacific, clearing customs, and one more hour in the air. I took off just before midnight Thursday California time and met my daughter at 11 AM Saturday morning New Zealand time. Due to crossing the International Date Line, I lost Friday completely. I left in a Northern Hemisphere summer and arrived in a Southern Hemisphere (and fortunately moderate) winter.
I head home late tomorrow where the process completely reverses itself. Technically, I will arrive at LAX seven hours PRIOR to boarding my flight out of New Zealand.
Okay, this is extreme travel. But even much shorter excursions pose major challenges to individuals with our illness. I could tell you how I prepared for every possible contingency, but I'm more interested in hearing from you.
Question: How do you handle long-distance travel?
Feel free, also, to elaborate on how you DON'T handle it. Comments below ...
Published On: July 28, 2010
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