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4 Tips To Stay Comfortable Using A Travel Pillow During A Long Flight

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Travel pillows are a gift! They’re called travel pillows as they’re mostly used when on the go, usually on a plane. But it’s also common in buses, cars, and trains during long journeys. While mostly known for that purpose, however, a travel pillow is essentially a neck pillow. The main purpose of having one is to reduce strain on the neck, particularly when sitting for extended periods. 

According to Pinetales, neck strain is successfully reduced when you’re able to support your neck correctly. You can optimize your travel when you’re now able to sleep and rest better during a long-haul flight. 

With that said, are you sure you’re able to maximize the comfort brought by your travel pillow? Long-haul flights can become more bearable with a travel pillow when used correctly. Are you off on a big trip soon as borders slowly start to open? Here are some tips: 

1. Choose A Good Travel Pillow 

There are many pillows sold in the market today. However, not all of them are created equally. There are naturally those other pillows that perform better than others. If you want to have the best support and comfort, particularly during long flights, then it’s worth investing in a quality one. 

To that end, here are some tips when choosing a good travel pillow: 

  • Support. The neck support a travel pillow has is important for it to keep you comfortable. This means it should be firm enough to support the weight of your head and withstand long hours of work, but not too hard such that it doesn’t contour your head’s shape. 
  • Material. Different neck pillow brands are also made of many different materials. Each has its pros and cons. Ideally, however, choosing one made from natural materials like a buckwheat travel pillow is advisable. It has many advantages, including being more hypoallergenic and boasting of a better ability to shape the wearer’s head and face as the hulls can be adjusted. 
  • Portability. A good neck pillow should also be portable and easy enough to lug around and carry with you when you travel. It doesn’t need to be unnecessarily big such that it’ll take up a lot of space in your hand-carry luggage. 

 
To give you a bird’s eye view of buckwheat pillows for adults and kids alike, watch this.

2. Give Your Travel Pillow A U-Turn 

Suppose you’ve become accustomed to bringing a travel pillow with you during long-haul flights. Despite using one for a long time now, however, you may still feel uncomfortable. Perhaps the reason behind this is you’ve been using your travel pillow the wrong way. 

Many travelers still use a travel pillow by hanging the U-shape over the back of the neck, so the opening is by the face. This may not be the most comfortable. Many who swear by travelers will tell you it’s actually better to give it a U-turn by positioning the U-shape under the neck, so the opening is in the back. 

This is the position that offers the most support for your neck to prevent strain. You don’t need extra support on the back as you have the airplane headrest to give you that. The bottom part of your face will need it, however, so you have ample support on both sides. 

3. Always Try The Pillow First Before Buying 

No matter how much of a rush you’re in to purchase a travel pillow, be cautious about choosing one. Don’t rush the process. Try the pillow first before buying, just so you’re certain you’re choosing a good one. You can get a good feeling of how comfortable and how much support a pillow has simply by trying it first. 

Just because a certain individual or friend swears by a particular pillow doesn’t mean the same will work for you as well. Different people each have their respective needs and preferences, so be sure to factor that in as well. The best travel pillow is always the one that suits you the most. 

4. Choose Your Seat Early If You Can 

Arriving at the airport early for your check-in has a lot of advantages. Apart from having extra time to relax at the airport or go around, being one of the first to check in for your flight means you’ll also have the opportunity to choose your seat early. 

If you want to maximize comfort when traveling, sitting on a window seat is the best option. You have one side (the window’s side) to actually lean on and rest your head on, so you can take a short nap. 

Conclusion 

Ideally, a good travel pillow is supposed to help you stay comfortable, especially during a long flight. It can be extremely exhausting to stay cramped in one position for an extended period. It’s not just your back and legs that suffer the discomfort, but your neck as well. With the tips above, you don’t have to dread that long-haul flight too much. Yes, flying can be exciting, but only inasmuch as you’re able to stay comfortable. Even the most seasoned traveler can use a little update with comfort-related hacks, so you’re more prepped and ready for your next journey. 

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Ecotourism is NOT Environmentally Friendly

There is a trend in travel that has picked up a lot of steam over the last few years. That trend is called Eco-Tourism. As the environment has become more important to people over the last decade – and especially so in the last couple…

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Ecotourism is a new term; something created in the last 10 years, so what does it really mean? Eco-tourism is basically capitalism’s answer to the environment and people’s growing concerns. Companies are cashing in and its becoming big business. Although the initial intent was probably good-natured, the results are usually less than favorable. The costs don’t always outweigh the means, so is ecotourism actually a good thing? Let’s find out.

Time to investigate what companies are actually trying to accomplish with their eco-tourism. The term greenwashing keeps coming up in my research and it’s a pretty interesting phenomenon. Apparently, greenwashing is an attempt to appear as being eco friendly. Seems like a pretty lame thing to be involved with, but you’d be surprised at how many large corporations actually are involved in greenwashing.

Many if not all of the major hotel chains are now putting placards in their rooms that inform guests that they respect mother nature and because of this they don’t wash the linens every night. This comes off as a great thing that a large corporation is doing. But in reality they are greenwashing us all by using the environment to service their own needs. It’s obvious to me that these companies are only doing this because it saves them an enormous amount of money and they look good in the process.

Cultures are destroyed by tourism and they can’t even profit because the major corporations suck all the money from them. Tourism only feeds off the stereotypes of a culture and the actual culture suffers and often slowly disappears. What’s left is a washed out shell of the culture and the true spirit is lost forever.  

Eco-tours are usually an environmental nightmare, by bringing in people by the busload or boatload; these eco-tours are actually harming the local surroundings.   These tourists don’t come alone, they eat, drink and consume anything in their way and what’s left is the garbage and used up Mother Nature.

Eco-tours profit from large disasters, allowing the general public to feel like they helped, when in reality all they do is scratch the surface. The tourists come to a disaster for a few days, pick up some garbage, help with some injured and then go home feeling like they made a difference. The problem is that if they really wanted to help, they would’ve just sent aid in the form of money, food or medicine,

If a company truly wanted to be involved in eco tourism responsibly, they would do these things.

Only using local products would actually benefit the environment and would help the community profit.   If ecotourism companies cared, they would limit the number of visitors to limit the impact on the environment. Educating tourists on their impact on the environment would help the cause. Allowing the local culture to be in charge and to protect their interests is the best way to help the environment.

 

Hopefully by educating people about ecotourism eventually leads to more conscious travelers and compassionate people in general.

 

Enjoy the full article at NomadicMatt

Photos courtesy of HoiAnEcoTour and GetYourGuide

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Best Travel Laptops

How to Choose a Travel Laptop When traveling with technology, my rule of thumb is simple: pack light. I understand that you want the best functionality with your travel laptop but sometimes it pays to go with the minimal option. I always look at multiple choices when I’m contemplating buying technology and laptops are no […]

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How to Choose a Travel Laptop

When traveling with technology, my rule of thumb is simple: pack light. I understand that you want the best functionality with your travel laptop but sometimes it pays to go with the minimal option. I always look at multiple choices when I’m contemplating buying technology and laptops are no different.   I look at cost, battery life, storage, functionality and portability.

 

It’s smart to weigh your options and figure out what exactly you plan on using the laptop.

Do you want to watch movies?

Are you trying to surf the web?

What programs will you need to run?

Will you need internet accessibility?

How much are you trying to spend?

Just how portable do you need your travel laptop to be?

 

These questions and many more may arise in your decision process and I’m here to help.

There are 3 main types of lightweight travel laptops: 2-n-1s, ultra books and Chromebooks.

 

2-n-1s

These are versatile laptops and tablets in one, hence the catchy and practical name. These are very functional and convenient for travel since they have multi-functionality. They convert from a laptop to tablet easily and extremely portable. Sometimes you just want to watch a movie and other times you need the capability to access Microsoft office, so a 2-n-1 may be for you.

Microsoft really owns this market with their functional Surface Pro 2-n-1. The highlight is obviously their transformative properties and touch screen capabilities.

You will enjoy how easily they change from full laptop to e-reader or tablet.

The Surface Pro starts at around $800 USD and can be upgraded easily. The baseline model weighs less than 2 pounds and the battery lasts on average for 9 hours. That’s plenty of time for a long flight and layover.

Surfaces can be used with or without a keyboard, which adds to its portability.

 

Chromebooks

Chromebooks are your budget friendly option but are cheap for a reason. These computers don’t run a full operating system like Apple OX or Windows; instead they run off a basic OS that uses the Chrome browser. Now that the name makes sense, lets discuss these laptops.

Chromebooks are hampered by their weak operating system, which doesn’t allow Adobe products or Microsoft. Their simple functionality allows users to browse the internet, watch movies or back up files like your travel photos. If all you need are these basic functions, then a Chromebook may be for you. Without internet connection however, you may not be able to perform basic word processing.

Check out the Acer Chromebook for only $225 USD, which is really cheap for all that it does. With an 11-inch screen and extreme portability these guys are great picks.

 

Ultra books

These bad boys are your traditional laptops but made smaller and lighter for your travel needs. They blend high performance speed and functional portability to create the high-end travel technology you may need. These are best for people who actually have to get work done while traveling. They can do all the normal functions of a laptop but with less weight and bulk. 

The Apple Macbook Air is my clear pick; especially since I’m an Apple man myself. These slick powerhouses pack all the frill with half the weight. They start at around $850 USD and pack the same processor as their bigger brothers the Macbook.

Do your own research and figure out what your digital needs may be, and purchase your travel laptop.

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Must Have High Tech Suitcases

Must Have High Tech Suitcases   Suitcase technology hasn’t changed must in the past twenty years, except for maybe the advent of advanced roller wheels. Times have changed now that smart technology is making it s way into suitcases. The luggage business is a multi billion-dollar industry that technology is just making its way into. […]

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Must Have High Tech Suitcases

 

Suitcase technology hasn’t changed must in the past twenty years, except for maybe the advent of advanced roller wheels. Times have changed now that smart technology is making it s way into suitcases. The luggage business is a multi billion-dollar industry that technology is just making its way into. From smart tags to charging capabilities, suitcases are making their way into the 21st century, so hold onto your bags, cause they are going places.   And leading the way literally is Modobag, the world’s first rideable suitcase. Yea, I said rideable, this suitcase turns into a mini scooter to catch that distant connecting flight or just kill time cruising the airport.

 

Modobag

The world’s first motorized luggage is here and so very cool. The upstart company boost that their rideable suitcase can carry passengers up to 3 times the average speed of walking and the battery lasts up to six miles. Yes, SIX miles, which almost replaces the airport, shuttle as well. Their bags carry a maximum weight limit of 260 lbs so don’t go eating that extra donut at the morning meeting if you plan to cruise in your Modobag after work. Another great feature is the ability to charge up to two electronic devices using the attached USB plugs. The Modobag will be fully charged in less than one hour and ready for your trip, wherever you may be cruising.

 

Raden

Developed by a private equity lawyer, the Raden was engineered by consultants from Tumi and Beats by Dre, so you know this bag is hip. It features built in chargers, GPS functionality and a built in scale so you never have an overage fee again. All Raden bags are scratch proof to help deal with the ground service tossing them to and fro. They come in two sizes a carry on and checked bag dimensions. Prices range from $400 – 600 USD and are pretty sweet little bags. I certainly can appreciate the GPS functionality so you always know where your bag is and if it gets lost, is it really lost?

 

Rimowa

This specific bag is designed to make check in a hassle of the past with its digital display. Rimowa is revolutionizing the way people travel with this particular bag. They decided that the old school paper tags that airlines were using for bags was out of date and needed an upgrade. The digital display is great and totally replaces the scan able destination tag and your personal identification tag, all paper that could be lost easily.

Unfortunately these bags aren’t yet available in the US but the technology is advancing daily so the future of Rimowa is very bright. Available in Europe for around $700 Euros, so next time you are on the other side of the pond, check them out. Currently Lufthansa allows the use of these bags and their cool technology to bypass the old paper tags.

Technology is amazing and with these cool updates to the standard luggage we are all used to make traveling quite exciting again.

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