Question of the Week: Long-Distance Travel Tricks

John McManamy Health Guide
  • 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.

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    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