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Travel Immunizations and long, long flights

I haven’t traveled outside of North America a whole lot and I’ve never been to Asia at all, but Tuffy P and I are planning a trip to Vietnam in the not-to-distant future, so we both trundled off to a clinic to get whatever vaccinations we need to avoid getting ill on our trip. We ended up with a combination of an injection, a potion and some pills, which will hopefully help us ward off various nasty pathogens we might be exposed to along the way.

Another challenge for me will be the long travel time. I don’t mind shorter flights but a flight to Asia is a seriously long time in an airplane seat. If anyone has any wonderful strategies for dealing with long flights, I’m open for suggestions. Hopefully between sleeping, reading a novel or two and getting up every hour or so for a stretch, it won’t be as difficult as I imagine. The longest I’ve flown in the past has been 7 hours to Europe.

Tuffy P is organizing this trip and she has all kinds of adventures planned for us in a trip that will take us to various areas of the country – including some bicycling and some kayaking.  As the trip gets closer, I’m looking forward to it more and more. We had planned to make this trip a couple years ago, but then I took a tumble on black ice on the front steps and messed up my right ankle very badly and that put the trip on hold. Fortunately, with the help of 14 screws, my surgeon cobbled me back together again and my ankle is in pretty good shape once again, with the screws still intact.


  1. Salvelinas Fontinalis

    You can of course eliminate the longest legs of the flight by flying direct to Paris and then boarding the Orient Express. Now there is an adventure and I have heard that Hercule will be riding the rails in January. 🙂

  2. A premium travel pillow is what you should get. Allows you to take a nap anywhere and for extended period of time upright. Get one with a button or clip for easy securing on your travel-on luggage.

    • Stay away with iced cold or non-bottled drinks even in the hot climate. It is best to drink things that are hot as you’ll run into a lesser chance of stomach issues of you not being adjusted to the local water source. Oh and carry some tissue as most places in Asia don’t have toilet paper in the stall!.

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