Updated: Jan 28
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Spring marks the start of adventure season! Without the risk of snow and ice one has options for how they desire to arrive at their vacation destination!
Travel is so therapeutic for the body, mind, and the soul that I hope you don't let COVID rob you of this style of nourishment. I consider myself to be a responsible traveler and I plan to share my tips, tricks, and recommendations with you!
A good road trip is probably safest as you move from point A to point B in the comforts of your own space. The stops along the way are just as exciting to me as my final destination!
If time is of the essence, a plane ride is most efficient. Wear two masks when you travel. Have hand sanitizer in your pocket at all times. Never touch your mask or your face unless your hands are properly washed or sanitized. When you move through security they will ask you to take off your mask to verify your identity with your ID. Your ID is dirty and the security personal is touching everyones IDs. Your best line of defense is to sanitize your hands before touching your mask and your face. It's an important component to staying safe so I don't mind repeating myself!
If you fly with American, they provide personal sanitation cloths for you to properly clean your own seat and tray table. I also clean the wall where I rest my head by the window. Honestly, this step is probably not needed as all carriers spray the interior of their planes with an antiviral solution (COVID approved) that remains in place and effective for over one months time. If you're not flying American and desire an extra layer of protection to appease your wondering mind, pack sanitation wipes in your carry-on bag,
Always have a beverage handy but challenge yourself to NOT drink, eat, or use the restroom during your flight. Leave your mask in place and just enjoy the ride. When I hop on a 1-hour and 45-minute flight south, I'm surprised by the number of people who feel compelled to drink, eat, and use the restroom. My longest flight during COVID was to Denver at 3-hours and 15-minutes and I enjoyed the challenge. In my opinion, removing the mask is simply not worth the risk unless it's an emergency. Fasting and intermittent fasting can be very therapeutic for the temple from time to time and I use my plane travel to test my strengths and my weaknesses.
I wear two layers of clothing and pack a plastic grocery bag in my carry-on luggage. When my ride concludes and I exit the plane, I always use the restroom first. I remove the top layer of clothing and place the dirty attire in the plastic grocery bag. This process is out of respect for the car I'm about to enter as I leave the airport.
When I reach my final destination, I remove my travel base layer and my masks. Storing the dirty laundry in the previously mentioned plastic grocery bag. I enjoy a lovely shower and dress myself in clean clothing! Now the adventure is about to get exciting; I've arrived safe and sound and I'm as clean as a whistle! If I have access to laundry, I will wash my airport attire immediately and my hands after touching what I consider to be dirty!
In general, I avoid boats as I experience terrible seasickness and I've never traveled by train in the United States so I have no insight on the topics. I'm hoping that some of the above information will apply. I dream of taking a train from the north to the south and from the east to the west. Maybe these desires will manifest in my reality soon enough!
The travel industry could benefit from our time and attention as the vast majority of our population has abandoned most forms of travel due to COVID. With a medical background and a science degree, I've personally felt equipped with the knowledge of safety and sanitation. Infectious disease and contact precautions where a part of my every day routine for over 10 years. As a hospital nutritionist, I was among the first medical staff to visit a newly admitted patient. At admission, little is known about a patient's condition. I've been tested for tuberculosis, hepatitis, flesh eating diseases, and HIV all due to my place of employments being concerned with unfortunate transmission from patient to medical personnel. I tested negative for all of the above due to my deep understanding of germs, transmission, safety, and sanitation.
Fear and isolation are devastating realities for our beings. Too many fellow humans have experienced both extremes for an extended period of time due to COVID. Instead of allowing your mind to run rampant with negativities, direct your attention on the marvels and blessings of travel.
From time to time, I sit in meditation and focus my attention on a particular method of travel as they all fascinate me. When traveling by car, It's amazing that I can have breakfast in Ohio and by dinnertime I'm within a national park in South Carolina cooking over a campfire. Via plane, I can wake with the sun in Ohio, enjoy my morning shuffle (coffee, yoga, meditation, etc.), and still have time to make brunch in Florida! Still traveling via plane, I can wake in Ohio and enjoy dinner in California. Truly mind blowing if you simply initiate mindfulness on the topic of travel!
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May your spring, summer, and early fall be filled with adventure that nourishes your soul in a way that no other experience can!
Peace, Love, & Everlasting Protection!
Maggie Fekete, E-RYT, CHC, BCHHP
Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher
Certified Health Coach
Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner