So you’ve booked your tickets to head to your next holiday and all you’ve got to do now is count down the days until you jet off.
Whether you’re embarking on one of our Wyndham Timeshare holidays across the country or on distant shores, there’s a strong chance you’ll be setting foot inside an airplane sometime soon. Are you quite prepared for the strange and wonderful characters you might meet on a long haul flight?
To help ready you for the journey ahead, o’ traveller, here is an insight into two of the characters you may come cross on your journey.
These wandering souls just can’t seem to keep still no matter how they try. They’ll be constantly digging around in their bags for things, and seemingly can’t decide which side to try and nap on.
Sometimes a fidgeting passenger might also be a nervous flyer, or have aviophobia. Flying anxiety is thought to affect anywhere from 10-40 per cent of us, as reported in the publication Aviation Mental Health.
Seated next to a fidgeter? The best idea is to offer to swap seats if they’re not already in the aisle. Give them the freedom to roam the plane free and stretch their legs.
In fact, you might want to follow their lead – longer flights can promote cramps, swollen ankles and also deep vein thrombosis (DVT), where blood flow is slowed or restricted. One way to alleviate these symptoms is to take regular walks and do your plane exercises such as ankle rolls and gentle knee bends.
You’ll probably find your restless fellow passenger at the larger galley space at the back of the plane where there’s generally a bit more room to stretch.
Witnessing the rituals of the pro traveller is really a wonder and a delight to behold. Some researchers estimate that corporate travellers make up to 10 trips on average in the space of six months alone, which can often result in a fairly nonchalant attitude towards flying.
Many will never board a plane without their noise-cancelling headphones or ear plugs, and tend to settle into a deep sleep from which they emerge barely crinkled or bleary-eyed.
Noise cancelling headphones are a good idea whether you’re a first timer or seasoned traveller. The American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s Pamela Mason told the BBC noise levels during take off and landing can reach over 100 decibels (the volume of a car horn), while at cruising altitude you’re likely to experience a drop to about 85 decibels (heavy traffic).
Taking earplugs or using noise cancelling headphones can reduce the noise, protecting your ears, and possibly aiding you in getting to sleep like the pro traveller.
Wherever you fly, and whoever you sit next to – Enjoy!