This has been the best plane trip I have ever taken. I have done my fair share of flying over the years and I feel the need to pass along what I have learned. So here are a few suggestions that I have accumulated over the course of my many adventures to make air travel much more enjoyable:
1.) Fight the urge to drink alcohol on the plane. Believe me, I have done it both ways and the alcohol will dehydrate you and consequently make your body less than excited about your impending adventure. Not to mention that alcohol consumption is typically followed by a headache upon arrival, which is never welcomed.
2.) Drink lots of water. This will assist your body in feeling wonderful... it keeps your skin from feeling tight and swollen, and assists with all digestion and you feel refreshed upon arrival.
3.) Take your own pillow. I appreciate the pillow as an amenity from the airline, however, that square object they provide does not provide any comfort whatsoever. For the first time I decided to carry aboard my personal pillow. Your pillow will be big enough to squash into whatever geometric form you need to provide optimal comfort and you already know you like it. It will make all the difference in sleeping on an airplane as vertical slumber is usually not most people’s optimal choice for a good night rest. I promise this makes a difference, I slept 11 of the 14 hours which I cannot contribute completely to the pillow, but upon awaking my neck and back feel great!!!
4.) This suggestion will be followed by some controversy. I am not a pill popper, but I am going to give a shameless plug for my drug of choice... Alprazolam, more widely known as Xanax. I slept forever and upon awaking felt wonderful with no drowsy side effect. So, if you don’t mind the stigma of popping a pill for a relaxing intercontinental flight, that is my recommendation.
5.) Bring food. Sleeping will be much more difficult if you are hungry. Small snacks are very useful as getting assistance on the plane especially with munchies is difficult if not really expensive.
So, those are my recommendations... final thought... bring a pen, customs forms require a pen and it is proving to be difficult to locate one. So, I will be landing shortly, about 45 minutes so I am looking forward to sharing all the details of my journey.
So, I already had a giggle fit, warping my face... it was so funny I was laughing hysterically on the plane. Don’t worry, I have attached those stellar images for your viewing pleasure. Apart from my self amusement, I just found out this flight is only 1 hour and 10 minutes. How amazing is that. This adventure won’t be horrible at all. I am already hungry (shocking I know) so I will be able to get some grub in no time and than shop to my hearts content.
Truth: I overpacked my carry on luggage and already feel like whining about it... he he. Will I ever learn?
Truth: I am shweaty... like really shweaty
I have already met some cool people on the plane so that is proof that this adventure is going to be outstanding. Weirdest thing ever, I am looking forward to going grocery shopping more than anything. I guess if you love food on one continent you will love it on another.
This airplane is the smallest airplane I have ever been on. It is kindof funny how small it is. I feel like we are all in miniature form or something... even MA could reach the air above her head... sorry MA it is a TRUTH... no harm intended.
Well miss everyone already but really digging this blogging/e-mail thing.
In less than 12 hours I will be boarding the plane and the emotion I feel is unmistakably fear. There is no denying how scared I am. It is funny how the decision to move across the world is made with such ease, living it out is much more REAL. Now that the moment has arrived, I do not in any way regret the decisions I have made to live this experience, however, I do feel like I could have made a few different decisions, but that is what this is all about... learning new life lessons!!! Just think of everything I will have learned over the next few months, it is going to be a hell of a trip.
So, I leave in less than forty-eight hours... I can remember when the idea of moving to Australia was only a dream and now it is a mere few hours away. I have said most of my goodbyes which was rough, but I have to recognize that I have technology on my side so anyone is moments away. Overall I am thrilled for this opportunity; I need to embrace the journey and just allow myself to absorb every minute I can. I feel like I am at a place in my travel and wanderment where I can really take everything in. I have so much experience traveling that I now know what it is I want to see, do and experience. For the first time I am traveling how I feel traveling should be done... total immersion. So, with that said, once I leave Portland, I am going to attempt forward thinking and try not to look behind me and feel sad for what I had so that I don't see all the opportunity ahead of me. Wish me luck!!!