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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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How to Vacation During the Coronavirus

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The coronavirus may seem to be a big hurdle if you’re planning a vacation, but it’s not impossible.

Still, the best place to have a vacation is in your home, but if you still plan to travel, try to avoid unnecessary contact with people outside of your household and be aware of the risks.

So here are the rules:

Know the Rules on Where You are Going

Knowing the rules keeps you informed if places are closed or not; it also helps you prepare more for where you are going.

Avoid Places with Rising or High Confirmed Cases of Covid-19

The coronavirus is highly contagious and takes weeks for symptoms to show. So the more significant the rise of known cases, the higher the chance that they’re people who are roaming about that are infected.

Get Tested

Getting tested for Covid-19 before and after you’re going to travel because you might already be a carrier. When someone is visiting, get them tested too.

Try to be Extra Cautious When You Fly

Social distancing is difficult when flying since you are within 6 feet with each other therefore you need to take all precautions like wearing a mask except when drinking or eating, washing hands, and also consider your transport to and from the airport since public transportation will put you in more risk of getting the virus.

Avoid Crowded Areas

If you see a flock of people stay away. Beaches, malls, restaurants, and bars tend to have a lot of people, so be wary of those. You can lower your risk by trying to dine outside of the restaurant and practicing proper social distancing.

Don’t Travel with anyone Who is Sick

If you have anyone with symptoms of the virus, leave them at home. If you’ve been in contact with anyone who’s recently found to have the virus get tested. You do not want to spread the virus in any way. So if you or anyone in your household shows symptoms, please stay at home.

Bring a Face Mask

By now, you probably know how vital wearing face masks are on how they prevent the spread of the virus. Packing more than one for yourself and your kids is preferred, or you could buy those washable ones that have more layers that prevent more particles that you eject from talking, sneezing, and coughing.

Minimize Contact with People Not in Your Immediate Group

The more people you come in contact with, the higher the risk of you getting the virus. It’s best to be with people from your household for now. Remember to social distance by following the markings on the ground when going into lines. Always wear a mask and wash your hands.

Dine Outside

If you know you’ll be eating into a lot of restaurants, try to call ahead or ask if you could dine outside. Eating outside lowers the risk of getting the coronavirus since it’s being dispersed by the airflow rather than being collected in a single spot indoors. 

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Safe Travel Spots For Travel Currently

  

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International travel broadens the mind and brings people closer together. That’s why it’s an ideal option for parents that want to give their children a life-changing experience. But, you have to be careful. There are plenty of places in the world that aren’t safe for family vacations. That’s why we put together this list of international destinations that are great and safe options for the whole family.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand is known for being a beautiful and friendly country. And Auckland is its crown jewel in that department. The abundant wildlife alone makes it worth the visit. But other major attractions include Frodo’s home from the “Lord Of The Rings” series, and the Auckland War Memorial Museum. It truly makes for a safe and fun trip for the whole family!

IRELAND

Ireland is every kid’s dream. Who hasn’t fantasized about being a king or queen in a castle?! Well, Ireland has enough castles for 10 family vacations. And you can even take your kids to the pub! It’s common practice there so it’s perfectly safe. Plus it’s a great way to experience the local culture. Personally, I can’t wait to visit Ireland.

 

REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

Iceland is just about as safe as it gets, making the top ten on both the Global Peace Index and the World Economic Forum’s lists for safety and security. This is due in large part to its incredibly low crime rate. But there’s much more to take in when visiting Reykjavik, including the Sage Museum, natural thermal baths, and tiny Icelandic horses. Who doesn’t love tiny horses?!

MAURITIUS

Mauritius is another country that was ranked highly on the Global Peace Index for safety and security and is the highest of the African countries on the list. This is due mostly to its distance from the rest of the African continent, which is known for not being safe. It is also this distance that makes it the island getaway vacation that families dream of. Be sure to check out the aquarium and snorkel around the reefs while you’re there!

 

THIMPHU

Tucked away in the Himalayan mountains, Bhutan is a country lost in time. They just added their first traffic lights a few years ago! But they’re also the second-ranked Asian country on the Global Peace Index list of safe and secure countries. So it’s bound to be a peaceful and educational trip for you and your family. Be sure to check out Buddha Dordenma, the largest Buddha statue in the world. 

SINGAPORE

Singapore is easily the smallest place on this list, measuring it at just 50 square miles. But it has more than enough fun for the family. Not to mention it’s all the way up at #6 on the World Economic Forum’s list of safe and secure countries! Top attractions include an abundant aviary, nighttime wildlife tours, and an indoor snow park. Definitely worth seeing before the kids head off to college. 


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International Traveling On A Budget During Covid

  

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Most people wish they took more vacations. I know I do. But traveling is so darn expensive! How am I supposed to be able to afford a trip anywhere, let alone somewhere out of the country? Well have no fear, Jetlaggin is here! Check these five international destinations that are much cheaper than you think.

MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA

Medellin is an affordable travel destination in Colombia as it’s actually its third major behind Cartagena and Bogota. The weather is perfect nearly all year long, and ever since the days of Pablo Escobar, the city has put a strong focus on rebuilding the city and attracting a new batch of young, hip, cosmopolitan inhabitants. This means plenty of beautiful museums and art galleries. Hotels only cost around $70 a night, and meals shouldn’t cost much more than $15. These low prices allow for two people to enjoy five days in Medellin for around just $800.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO

Some people are wary of traveling to Mexico these days. But it’s capital, Mexico City, is still a beautiful vacation destination that you can enjoy on the cheap. Whether it’s hotels, restaurants, or the many art and cultural attractions that can be found throughout the city, there are surprisingly affordable options for just about everything. Just be smart and explore your options. It’s not hard to find a hotel room for a hundred bucks a night, and you can easily live off delicious street food for your whole trip. Not to mention the public transportation system in the city is cheap and extremely accessible. You could easily take a two-person, seven-day vacation to Mexico City for around $1,000.

BARCELONA, SPAIN

Barcelona is a truly beautiful city in a beautiful country. But you’ll have to be careful when attempting to pull off an affordable trip there, as the city is flooded with tourists in the summer. Hotel rates are on the higher side, averaging around $150 per night. But there are so many things to be enjoyed in Barcelona for free, particularly the beaches. As for meals, as long as you stay away from the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas area, you should be able to find plenty of cheap eating options. You could enjoy a lovely four day, two-person vacation to Barcelona for around $1,100-$1,300.

SOUTHERN VIETNAM

Vietnam still has a slightly negative connotation around it these days, but make no mistake, it is a fascinating country that is ideal for a cheap vacation. Flights will be your biggest expense, as they don’t exactly run cheap. But if you’re ok living off street food for most of your trip and taking a lot of public transportation, once you’re there you don’t have to spend all that much money. Some of the best attractions revolve around exploring, including the Cu Chi Tunnels used during the Vietnam War, the city of Can Tho off the Mekong Delta, and the Cai Rang Floating Market. You can pull off a two-person, five-day vacation to Vietnam for around $1,400.

QUITO, ECUADOR

Quito is one of the often forgotten gems of South America. It offers incredible outdoor and hiking activities, historic relics and architecture from thousands of years ago, and a bustling urban area with a great nightlife scene. Also be sure to take in the Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, the Museo de la Ciudad, and the Museo Casa del Alabado. And if you have enough time, head out of the city to check out the Cotopaxi National Park for some of the best scenery around. A whole week-long, two-person vacation would cost just around $2,000.


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