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Wander through an average US airport and you'll notice the options for a pre-flight nosh are usually disappointing. Fast food before sitting on a plane for hours? Even if your tastebuds say yes, your body will later have you regretting that decision.
Just last week, Baltimore Washington International Airport was named the top pick for healthy airport food. The award wasn't just bestowed by a group of frequent flyers, but backed by the brains behind the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine who annually rank the airports with the healthiest options.
An incredible 92% of BWI's food concessions have at least one healthy option on their menus.
In the midst of the "Ebola in America" panic, Jaunted's editor flew around the world and has this to say for her experience:
In the course of about 30 hours last week, I flew through 5 major international airports and did not catch Ebola. I flew in Economy, surrounded by other passengers, for four of the five segments, and did not catch Ebola.
The routing: Hong Kong - Los Angeles (LAX) - Las Vegas - Dallas (DFW) - Detroit
Between Dallas and Detroit I used upgrade credits to go from the back of the plane to the front, for the perks of a little extra recline and a hot meal after a long day of travel. People onboard each flight coughed, sneezed, ate snacks, drank beverages, used the restroom, and snored. I did not wear a face mask, I didn't use antibacterial lotion (like Purell) any more than normal, I did spend one night sleeping on the floor at Las Vegas Airport, and yet I did not catch Ebola.
To reiterate: I flew 9500 miles and did not catch Ebola, nor did I ever fear I would, despite being unaware of my seatmate's travel itineraries and health levels. I am going to fly just as intensely next week as well, and I do not fear contracting Ebola on that journey either.
If you're traveling soon (to anywhere except Western Africa) and are even the littlest bit worried, we highly recommend having a read of this Vox.com article, "Can you get Ebola on a plane?"
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As yoga retreats and tours have gained in popularity, so have the prices of these wellness getaways.
Rainbow Voluntours is now offering a less expensive tour for yogis, that also lets them do good between poses.
Last week, we highlighted some of our favorite exercises to get in both before boarding your plane and during your flight. If you're really looking to round out your travel wellness, however, fit in a few exercises after you touch down at your destination.
From altitude to humidity and posture to activity levels, our bodies are subject to different stresses than when we're on land. Even in a lie-flat seat, the body is slightly abused through saltier food, the possibility of free flowing alcohol, and time spent sedentary, so we offer you our picks for the best exercises and stretches to do while waiting for your luggage:
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On Sunday, I was sitting in Terminal 4 at LAX, having a coffee at Campanile during a layover. I was seated in one of the last bar stools, right by the glass display case where sandwiches and salads are sold to go. I was enjoying this seat for the sake of people watching, but for the most part I was minding my own business.
Then, someone came up and bought a salad, and I almost fell off my bar stool. I couldn’t believe what the charge had been for the chicken Caesar salad, the one in the clear plastic take-away container. I also couldn’t believe the customer had gone through with the purchase after he heard the price. Ready for this? Including tax, $19 and change!
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Yesterday, we offered up some tips for exercises to do before a flight, while still on the ground in the airport. Once you're in the air, however, it's perfectly okay to sneak in a few more stretches, and getting up and moving around is actually the healthiest way to pass the time (but only if the seatbelt sign is off).
If you turn to the back of most in-flight magazines, you will find a section addressing in-flight health. It typically describes deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and how to prevent it with small movements, like heel lifts, foot circles, neck rolls and knee pulls. These are all lovely and do work, but we've got a few more small exercise suggestions to add to the repertoire:
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Last week, we shared some of our favorite snacks to tame that tummy on a long road-trip and still stay trim. Now, aside from the usual travel tips to stay hydrated, keep away from alcohol and reduce intake of salty food before a flight, we're going to introduce some simple exercises to do before traipsing down the aisle to find your seat.
These simple exercises are designed to get blood flowing throughout the body, burn some calories and stretch achy muscles, all while being easy enough to do in the airport and also discreet enough to avoid unnecessary attention.
This news comes Just in time for allergy season, as there's one airline doing its best to keep passengers from sneezing and sniffling. SWISS just became the first carrier to be classified as allergy-friendly, but just don’t expect them to be busting out HEPA filters between flights.
Basically they’re adding a few new features to both their goodies on the ground and up in the air, as they’re trying their best to help those suffering from allergies when and where they can. Partnering with the European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation will help SWISS to decide what allergy-free means for in-flight service, although the first moves seem to be the addition of lactose- and gluten-free food and beverage options on the in-flight menu. Alternative coffee creamer and a different chocolate bar will be just a couple of the new options, yum.
Who says vending machine food needs to be full of salt, high in fat or generally unhealthy? Definitely not the brains behind this little gem we found while walking through a shopping center in Brisbane. Forget the Chex Mix or even granola bars, as this machine went straight for the super-healthy stuff with bananas.
This little bit of genius, called the Banana Bar, offers up small bunches of the sweet tropical fruit for just a few dollars. A bunch of three go for $3, and a bunch for sharing scores a little discount at $4 for five bananas. That's already cheaper and more convenient than the basket of single bananas Starbucks keeps next to their registers, for impulse healthy breakfast buys. And if you're not too familiar with how these prices compare to a grocery store, the mark-up isn't terrible at just about $.50 per piece; it's all about convenience and eating-on-the-run.
The healthiest airport in the whole wide world will soon be found here at home in the nifty fifty. Well at least that’s the plan if the folks down in Dallas get their way, as they are eager to show that the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is the best option for hungry travelers.
In the past the place has done well when examined by the group known as the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, as they’ve scored in the top five for good-for-you options when on the go. However, the airport is now going all in with salads, greens, and other healthy habits.
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Believe it or not there’s no better place to relax than the airport, and that’s especially the case as more and more places are adding a little yoga to the terminal and concourse menu. We’ve mentioned a few of the airports where you can practice your warrior or cobra poses, and now’s there’s one more airport that’s all about stretching it out during your layover.
Chicago-O’Hare is famous for a lot of things, and you can now add yoga to that list. The place now has a yoga room right within Terminal 3, and it’s situated right next door to the airport’s indoor garden. The yoga studio features bamboo floors, mirrors along one side of the room, plenty of yoga mats, and a spot to store your stuff while you are doing your thing. There are even frosted windows within the room to let in a little more light, and to kind of create a less sterile environment.
Everything you need to know about this story can be summed up by the fact that, when the Associated Press wrote about it last week, the wire began their article with the phrase "brown water." We'd have to check, but we're pretty sure that in the entire history of journalism there has never been a single article that began with the phrase "brown water" and then went on to describe something happy. "Brown water" is always followed by sadness, as near as we can tell, both journalistically and otherwise.
At issue is the drinking water outside the Tom Bradley international terminal at LAX. Someone leaked emails to the Los Angeles Times about the condition of said water, which as you may have guessed by now turned brown. The color wasn't a random coincidence. It turns out that - per the Times - the water "contains high levels of bacteria and particles of copper, brass and rust."