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Review: Do Travel Socks Really Help Leg Fatigue?

March 14, 2014 at 10:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

About two years ago when traveling to Mexico, this contributor met a man in a long line at customs. When I mentioned I was a travel writer, he began telling me about a new business he was entering: Compression socks.

Compression socks, right. Sounds riveting. What's next? You're going to tell me how much fun it is to be an accountant? He laughed as if he'd heard it before. He looked down at my feet, and told me, all kidding aside, that he thought they’d be good for me with all the travel I do. He said he’d send me a pair once the company was up and running. We went our separate ways, but a few months later, I got a box in the mail.

According to the literature on the box, Dr. Segal’s True Graduated Compression Socks are said to increase circulation and reduce swelling and leg fatigue. A little bit of research shows that the general benefit of compression socks is all science at this point (regardless of the brand), but I was skeptical that they would make much of a notable impact for a young guy like me. Like a good little journalist, I gave them a shot on my next cross-country flight to find out.

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Forget Everything Else. This is How to Combat Jet Lag.

March 6, 2014 at 5:20 PM | by | Comment (1)

Jet lag is one of things where you're always thinking, "hey, this can't happen to me." And then everything is hunky-dory until you step off the plane, have an hour's burst of energy, and then promptly sink into drowsy uselessness for two or three days. Simply put, jet lag is the worst and there are far too many travel tips out there offering pat-on-the-back prevention suggestions.

Personally, we don't have the time and patience for the most popular jet lag-busting recommendation, which is to schedule sleep in advance and transition into new time zones before even leaving. Instead, we stick by three hard and fast tools for minimizing jet lag as best as possible:

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The Two Products Every Traveler Needs in a Toiletry Kit During Winter Weather

February 13, 2014 at 10:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

This winter has been a rough one for the northern hemisphere, with harsh winter conditions in the US and the dreariest of rainy seasons in Europe. Unfortunately the winter isn't over yet, so we're here to drop one big tip that's been a huge help to us as we travel during less than lovely weather: take care of your lips.

Frequent flying and the stress of switching time zones means lots of moisturizing to keep skin fresh and hydrated. It's just that we often overlook the importance of lips. Male or female, it doesn't matter. You need to have these two products in your toiletry kit:

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What's Your Pick for 'Germiest' Tourist Trap?

September 30, 2013 at 12:36 PM | by | Comments (2)

When it comes to travel listings we’re all about things like the most beautiful, most stunning, or most wonderful. However, we have to take a moment to recognize some of the more—uh—unique options, and today we’re taking a look at some of the world’s most germy attractions.

The folks over at TripAdvisor have taken a trip around the globe, and they’ve created their top five when it comes to icky and germy tourist traps. Up first is the Blarney Stone over in Ireland where everyone and their brother just has to lean awkwardly and place a kiss on a really old rock. It’s estimated that like 400,000 or more pairs of lips find their way onto the stone each and every year, so be sure to bring along that TSA approved bottle of Purell.

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Oahu Bans Smoking at the Beach

July 31, 2013 at 6:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

If your idea of rest and relaxation is lounging on the beach, watching the waves, and enjoying a cigarette, your time is running out—at least in Hawaii. The Aloha State is sick and tired of picking up discarded cigarettes and dealing with the smoke at the beach, so the island of Oahu—home of Honolulu and Waikiki—is ready to put up the no smoking signs.

The clean air kicks in on the first of the year, so there’s still some time for smokers to get in one last puff. Smoking will be banned at spots across the island including pools, tennis courts, parks, and beaches. Even if you walk into the water in hopes of smoking—nope—apparently that’s not allowed either, so it’s the rules don’t just stop at the sand.

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Visiting the Birthplace of Modern Medicine on the Greek Island of Kos

Where: Kos, Greece
July 9, 2013 at 10:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

We gave you five reasons why you should suck it up and go on a Greek Islands cruise, and now allow us to add a sixth: You can actually visit the birthplace of modern medicine, where Hippocrates performed his infamous research at the Askleipion on Kos.

Today, there is a bit of doubt about whether Hippocrates actually wrote the medical pledge that is referred to as the Hippocratic Oath. In fact, there’s a lot of skepticism surrounding the sixty or so medical writings that have survived and bear his name. But regardless of whether the documents were written by he or one of his students, it is certain that he was the lead medical researcher of the 5th century B.C., and that his life’s work had a great effect on the practice of medicine, both then and now.

One of the first things you'll notice upon your arrival is that, while Hippocrates might have been the first to discover that diseases were natural and not caused by the Gods, he truly believed that morale was a huge part of the recovery and healing process. Why? Well, just look at the photos above and below, taken from the top of the ruins. You'd feel better, too, if all hospitals had that kind of scenery!

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What's It Called When You Still Feel Like You're Flying, Long After a Flight?

May 23, 2013 at 2:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

You've arrived. That was a long flight, wasn't it? You unpack, get settled in and finally sit still for a moment, only to have your balance tell you that you're still in motion.

The feeling of being in flight or sailing on water even though you're on solid ground typically manifests itself a few hours after disembarking from a long-haul flight, a cruise, a train trip or really any extended period where you've been in motion. We suffer from it quite regularly, especially after flights over 10 hours and any time spent on a ship. It's wholly unpleasant, but more of an annoyance and a sad reminder that the journey has come to an end.

Still, what do you call this sensation? We always just referred to it as "phantom motion," but it turns out that there are two official names:land sickness (for the feeling of being in flight) and sea legs (for the feeling of being on waves).

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Don't Let Allergies Dictate Your Travel Plans

May 3, 2013 at 3:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

Have you packed your phone charger? Check. Phrasebook? Check. Deodorant? Check. Epi pen or other allergy medications Umm, better not forget that!

Spring has totally sprung and, with the change of season, comes a new onslaught of potential allergic reactions. It's wise to remember these may happen anywhere, so preparation is needed before embarking on a trip, no matter how near or far.

CNN's Health section has a whole focus on "Living with Allergies," including a brilliant piece on tips for travel. Here, a few of our favorite ideas of theirs:

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Can Jet Lag Be Cured by a Scientific Shower?

March 4, 2013 at 9:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

We thought Delta was hard at work adding plenty of those Economy Comfort seats as well as WiFi on each and every flight, but apparently they also have a little extra time to work on some other projects. They’re actually trying to solve the problem of jet lag, and they just showed off some of their most recent ideas at the Technology, Entertainment and Design—TED—conference out in Long Beach, California.

This stuff might be a little bit above our pay grade when it comes to understanding the science behind things, but basically what Delta has created is some kind of light shower. Photon light rains down upon you, and then like magic you’re cured from any and all jetlag—at least in theory.

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Staying Fresh on a Red-eye Flight Need Not Be a Head-scratcher

February 15, 2013 at 8:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's the question we get all the time, and there isn't really one straight answer besides "drink lots of water," but recently Conde Nast Traveler attempted to answer the big mystery of how to stay looking fresh on a red eye or long-haul flight.

The article—which you can read on their Daily Traveler column—is heavily aimed at women travelers (makeup touch-ups!), but there are some tips for all, like:

If you can handle it, avoid lowering your seat all the way back, says Dr. Peredo. “Fluid may retain in your eyes, causing bags to develop.” And regardless of how you sleep, make sure to take a stroll a couple of times throughout the flight when the "fasten seatbelt" sign is off. The blood circulation you’ll get walking around will do wonders for holding off bloat and keeping your skin rosy and “awake” looking after you de-board.

That's one advantage Economy flyers have over lie-flat Business or First Class right there—the inability to fully recline means less puffy eyes!

[Photo: zenra]

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The Clock's Ticking on America's Few Remaining Airport Smoking Lounges

January 16, 2013 at 3:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

As we explained when we went over the infuriatingly stupid debate on banning electronic cigarettes on airplanes, there's this famous Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek and he has this kind of infamous theory on anti-smoking campaigns. The main argument is that there's something not quite right with our society, where we're pushing toward more permissiveness and legalization on one hand, but when it comes to smoking cigarettes the trend goes way, way, way the other direction. We pushed smokers into smoking-only sections, then we pushed them outdoors, and now we've even banned outdoor smoking in some places. With the e-cigarettes ban, the suggestion is that even water vapor as a substitute for smoke is too much for people.

In airports, where you can't go outside, the usual practice has been to confine smokers to closed lounges. If Zizek's right, we'd expect to see efforts to ban what remains of those lounges. Hey guess what?

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How James Bond's Omega Watch is Helping to Keep a DC-10 Flying

October 25, 2012 at 4:28 PM | by | Comments (2)

What's the oldest flying DC-10 airplane up to these days? The answer: it's the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital, completely reconfigured (see below) to be a learning center for opthamologists in the developing world and a temporary medical center for those in need, wherever Orbis flies. Even the guys in the cockpit are volunteer pilots.

What's Daniel Craig (aka the newest James Bond) name as his charity of choice? The answer: you guessed it—the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital.

The two have been working for a couple years now, raising the funds necessary for the DC-10 to get its jetfuel and get across the clouds to places like Ulanbaatar, Mongolia, where Craig came together with the crew to shoot an informative and touching mini-documentary (embedded below).

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