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Budapest Gives Vintage Fashion a Second Name

Budapest is the shopping center for vintage fashion, get over here if you’re into antiques.

What is rare in other parts of the world, what takes brainless digging and plentiful research, vintage goodness,  is overflowing in Budapest. Jewelry, clothes, houseware, anything. It’s all here, and these spots are our favorites:

Romani Design

 

Romani Design  

Romani Design

If you are into handmade, gypsy, boho, Romani Design shows up just to blow your mind. Located in the designers home, in an old building somewhere in the city center, this shop functions as a showroom for Erika Varga’s exquisite gypsy fashion line as well. With the use of vintage fabrics, Varga is a pure expression of typical Roma fashion. The results are magnificent, detailed bohemian clothes that are to be found nowhere else. Our favorites were caftans florally printed ($23) and embroidered fringe skirts. A hidden treasure clove, and a must see in Budapes.

Ács Bálint

Hidden behind a courtyard of the biggest street in Budapest is the place to be for vintage folk clothes. The store has rows of racks of complete folkloric costumes, hand embroidered peasant blouses and cross body satchels. Cases are filled with belts, headpieces and jewelry from as far back as the late 17th century. I bought a handmade lace and silk jacket with puckered shoulders and a straight back ($50-$100). Definitely go here, this place is the biggest collection of  vintage clothes around.  

Acs Balint

Tangó Classic

If you’re looking for brocade jackets and ruffled blouses, we have a treasure chest for you right here. This small shop has an awesome collection of peasant blouses that look ridiculous good with battered jeans and a pair of boots. Unique pieces like a elephant embroidered jacket we got($140) are the kind of bohemian clothes that you won’t find anywhere else. In addition, the shop has an major collection of linens that will transform our tables into countryside chic.     Beautiful embroidery work at Acs Balint  

Folkart Craftsman’s House

Based in on of the busier shopping streets in Budapest, this empire of bohemian crafts is not to be overlooked. Although the shop is filled with new clothing, the real gold are the handmade antique skirts and vests. This store has handcrafts from various regions all over Hungary, and although it is incredibly expensive, the choice you have is nothing less than impressive. We even found boho beaded boots and headbands.

The Aurorae is Maybe Winter a Good Time to See it?

When you want to get some information about a holiday for the depths of winter, many old men will suggest heading towards the south, towards the heat. My advice is though, the better move is to head north, there will always be plenty of ways to enjoy the sun, other than basking in it on a beach somewhere nice.

images (47) Every seventy years, the sun becomes hyper active. Like an annoying little teenager it flares up unpredictably, develops spots, and starts shooting stuff around, disturbing everyone around. Not a bad thing, as a result we have an awe-inspiring display of celestial rainbows also known as Northern Lights or the aurora borealis. It’s this winter that with peaks of solar activity, the aurorae are already swirling across the northern skies. Look up Every winter a dedicated group of aurora-watchers go  north to watch this amazing sight. The Lights do sometimes appear over the Denmark, they become more visible and beautiful further up north, Alaska, the Nordic countries and Canada are good spots. Remote wilderness, city breaks and independent travel destinations are good options for enjoying the aurora. It’s best to have something else to do for when it is cloudy or the Lights take holiday. Pack up You can’t avoid the pain, if you want the gain. Before heading of think whether you are a good traveler; the Northern Sea is sprinkling with choppyness in winter, it would be a waste if you were to miss the sight, spending the trip feeling horrible in your room. Baggage: take more than flip flops, shorts and a dinner jacket. Weatherproof and plenty of layers is a must, the cold wind off the glaciers is extremely nippy, sturdy footwear is needed for the ice and snow when going ashore. Be prepared and it will pay dividends, allowing you to enjoy the amazing show comfortably. Make time to Panic The Northern Lights indicates the end of the world and the red light streams across the sky are is the work of fire-breathing demons. These are facts that can’t be denied, proven over and over again by science(fiction). So before you think that aurorae are safe, think again. But since there is nothing you can do about it, you might as well enjoy the show. As far as our earth goes, they are the most amazing sights to behold, different every time. Vast swathes of the sky are filled with shimmering waves of white, green and red lights, sometimes they may appear to touch the ground, but all the dynamics actually takes place a few hundred miles into the sky. Cruising towards the Northern Lights A dedicated cruise is a popular way to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, various cruise companies, like Royal Caribbean Cruises, are geared up for the winter every year. Besides the Northern Lights, fjord-hopping along the coast of Norway offers you some delicious scenery, unique drop off points and plenty of ice cream. Being on the sea affords some nice observation conditions, the night skies aren’t contaminated with the bright lights polluting the land, therefore the Northern Lights really stand out.

Where are You Skiing this Season

Now that summer is gone, we are turning our focus on the 2014/2015 winter season, with Europe’s alpine slopes giving us the best outdoor ski area once it has cooled down and the snow begins to paint the mountains white. When you are planning your first skiing holiday, you will feel a little bit nervous about it, with so many places, countries, resorts, mountains, to choose from. Keeping this in our head, check out these areas to find a ski resort that will help you get where you want to be:ski   Italy The first one of Europe’s ‘Big Four’ ski destinations, Italy is a great option for a ski break this year. It has many high-altitude resorts, which makes it a great late-season destination. Including Arraba in the Dolomites, where the highest lift is a almost 3,000m. Arraba’s laid back resort is ideal for family groups uninterested in the apres ski scene, on top of that, the local wine is cheap and delicious. France The world’s most visited ski destination by ‘skier days’ according to Domaines Skiables de France, with 57.9 million people recorded in 2012/2013, France is a favorite with the British, thanks to its convenience, value for your money, amazing ski areas and consistent weather. The most popular resorts is Alpe d’Huez, the high slopes (up to 3,330m) mean you can always guarantee snow for your holiday. There are courses to suit skiers of all skill levels and the apres ski scene is a winner with dumb tourists. Austria France’s main rival in Europe and the third most popular destination in the world behind the United States, Austria is also the place to be when it comes down to winter sport, people are friendly, cheap and expensive hotels are available and attractive towns. The most well known Austrian resorts is the World Cup town Kitzbuhel, where you can not only enjoy skiing, but there is a vivid nightlife as well. Be cautious of when you book your holiday, as at only 2,000m maximum altitude, Kitzbuhel’s slopes will suffer when things begin to heat up in spring. Andorra Not part of the Big Four, but there are a number of new ski resorts in Europe offering a awesome and affordable introduction to winter sport for those noobs trying the sport for the first time. One of them is Andorra, whose Arinsal resort is ideal for groups of noobs looking for fun both on and off the slopes. Plenty of affordable alcohol and crowded bars make for nice experiences once the slopes are closed, while Andorra’s capital, La Vella, is 7km away. Intermediates and serious ski fanatics will quickly get bored of Arinsal’s runs and are advised to look somewhere else for their ski holiday, any of the others mentioned here will be fine. Most importantly, consider when booking your ski holiday, time of year and resort altitude; the apres ski scene (if the off-slope experience is of value to you); and the quantity of courses to suit your ability. Get these right and you’ll have a amazing time. Switzerland Another one of Europe’s big hitters, Switzerland offers beautiful scenery and skiing, a lot more expensive though, than its neighbors Austria and France. Make sure you are rich as a rich-man, before you ever decide to come here, because else you will go home broke. The resort of Davos in the Graubunden region is one of Europe’s biggest ski destinations, you certainly won’t get bored on a skiing vacation there. Just like Alpe d’Huez, some of the slopes go over 3,000m for great ski conditions throughout the entire season.

Exploring Athens’ Metro Stations

Athens Metro Syntagma Station
Athens Metro Syntagma Station

Starting at Venizoulou Street going all the way to the Syntagma Square there are several fenced off places of Roman findings, in the station itself there are cases displaying various things, including weaving looms and clay amphorae. Going down the marble steps to the concourse of Syntagma station you enter a new, nice place; on the balcony at the lower lobby encased in glass are some of the artifacts from ancient periods of Athenian civilization, from Byzantine through Roman to classical Greek and prehistoric. It is an interesting place to visit while traveling, stop and admire these areas, allow yourself a glimpse into what life was like a long time ago when the city was first created. Digging by the rail line in Athens Digging On the rail track near Monastiraki train station in Athens, a group of young archaeology students are digging for invaluable  treasures. They had discovered a ‘painted stoa’, a popular meeting place during the time of Plato and Socrates. I stood by the fence and watched in fascination as they dust, scrape, and carefully handle pieces of the ancient agora. Finding treasures like these in Athens is common afternoon tea. Everywhere you dig in the Plaka area, you will come across some remnants of the old city. This is most evident at the site of the new Acropolis Museum where archaeologists uncovered layers of Athens from the Bynzantine era to the Bronze Age, much of which is visible under plexiglass flooring. The treasures are on display right in the metro stations. While excavations are going on to build the city’s sleek transit system, the procedure was slowed to a halt many times while archaeologists were called in to examine and excavate pieces of history. This procedure was called ‘salvage’ archaeology because many of the items were damaged. Most of the findings were left in sito so people could see them as they were found allowing an insight into the way life used to be in this great city. All the evidence found was recorded as it provided a history of the past from ancient streets, houses, cemeteries, religious sanctuaries, workshops, aqueducts and cisterns. More than 50,000 ancient articles were found. Today these treasures are on display in six different Metro Stations.

Syntagma metro amphorae
Syntagma metro amphorae

In the Plaka area, at the Acropolis station where you exit for the new Acropolis Museum, there are replicas of sculpture from the east pediment of the Parthenon. Most of the findings from this area are displayed in the Acropolis Museum but a few pieces have been left for travelers to enjoy. Findings date from prehistoric to the 9th century BC and many of them were burials sites including shaft graves, tombs and cremations. Most of these burials were of children.

Inside Monastiraki Station
Inside Monastiraki Station

They are mini museums of archaeological finds and pleasantly decorated stops for transit users, the metro stations around Athens are worth exploring for their artistic decor and slick designs. Even if you aren’t a paying customer ,the metro is worth going to. However if you do ride the tram or metro trains, watch out for pickpockets, they will steal all your money and even your underwear. Keep your wallets and values in your front pockets and your purses and backpacks close to you. Don’t let anyone bump into you or stand around you.  These thieves have become the dark side of the city.

Artifacts at the Acropolis Metro Station
Artifacts at the Acropolis Metro Station

Back at Monastiraki, the students are still busy working, like slaves, I took some time to enter the station and look at the excavations that are located inside the station. There are building foundations and cisterns, some from the Roman era and some from other eras.

Trondheim has Pubs Too

The days grow dark and the snow begins to rain, I can’t help but feel drawn into the warm bars and pubs around here. Pub culture here is different than in France, the price of alcohol makes long sessions impossible. But as a Frenchy, I have made my life’s goal  exploring the bars and pubs around here to find something similar to what I’m used to. I’ll show you some awesome places:

Antikvariatet

Antikvariatet Book Bar The Old Bookshop is what it translates to, Antikvariatet sits just a few houses away from Den Gode Nabo, that I’ll go over later, but offers a completely different setting. The front bar holds comedy shows, concerts, and gives you a chance to sit on the front patio, which lets you do some people watching on Bakklandet! What makes this place unique is the book bar at the back of the pub, packed with games and of course books, plus views across the water. Antikvariatet Trondheim

Trondhjem Mikrobryggeri

I like all ale, therefore I’m drawn to Trondheim’s brewery. This was the first pub, I went to in Trondheim. Seconds after stepping off the airplane, Kenny forced me into the pub for a beer and a unhealthy burger. Their burgers are the best in not only Trondheim, but all of europe. As for the beer, they have a range of their own delicious ales: amber ale, IPA, stout, some others, etc, plus a rotation of guest ales, don’t forget the infamous Trondhjemspils if you are a lager fanboy/girl. It’s possible to order a sample of all their ales, great if you’re planning to get smashed… Trondhjem Mikrobryggeri

Three Lions

Three Lions Trondheim You can’t take the Frenchman out of France… My mom is a fan of English pubs abroad, since I’ve been to the Three Lions, so am I. It’s mainly a sports bar, with a little bit bigger than average television downstairs showing boring football matches every second of every day of the month. As if someone is trying to hide it, upstairs is a set of hidden rooms with their own special television screens, this makes the pub capable of showing up to nine different boring games at the same time! They do delicious burgers though, named after some footballers. It goes without saying, so I don’t want to say something so obvious, but as an English pub, it has the normal things an English pub has.  Burger menu

Den Gode Nabo

Inside Den Gode Nabo Everyone gets seasick inside The Good Neighbour as it has tilted corridors, a low ceiling and a beautiful view across the water. The most atmospheric bar in Trondheim, it is located inside some of the old warehouse buildings in Bakklandet, right near the old bridge, most photographed part of Trondheim. Large tables encourage groups to meet up, therefore it can be hard to get a place at the weekends, but if you magically are able to then you will never leave. The selection of beer is ridiculous. Besides Samuel Adams, they have Dahl’s, Trondheim’s local lager, Nøgne Ø and Old Speckled Hen, I am purposely not even mentioning the others. In fall, the patio that floats on the water is a pretty neat place to sit with a Dahl.  Den Gode Nabo

Kerrang Tour as a Holiday

It’s that time of year again when the Kerrang! Tour hits the road. Rock lovers are always waiting to hear for news of the event as it attracts some big names from all around the word, the 2014 lineup will not disappoint. With Limp Bizkit being the main attraction the event is sure to be a resounding success. Tickets are being offered at a superb rate, you can buy tickets for only 20 pounds! This means that you will have to get in early and buy your ticket, you will not be the only one who wants to go and see the tour as it makes it’s way through Liverpool. Check online before it is too late! fvk_glasgow Limp Bizkit are a great addition to the line up, they have had unbelievable success world wide and remain top of the list of many people as the best live band to see. They also branched out into other genres, they collaborated with the Rap juggernaut that is Jay-Z to produce a special live album. The fusion of rap and metal meant that their music reached a wider audience, this audience then bought into the Limp Bizkit music and catapulted them even more to the forefront of music. With other great additions to the line up there is something for everyone on the list, the climax will come when the American rockers take the stage, I’m sure the roof will come off when they run through their long list of classics that the crowd know off by heart. The Kerrang tour has always been popular in Liverpool, this is because it is easy to reach and there are plenty of options for accommodation in the surrounding areas. One of the best places to stay is Runcorn, it’s a very relaxed place. It gives you the perfect opportunity to relax and rest before a night of loud music, walk through the streets eating in one of the many local cafes and then enjoy a beer before catching the train into Liverpool. If you’re looking for the ideal place for you and your friends to sleep then you should definitely take a look a the local Holiday Inn. With great facilities, friendly staff and fantastic location you can’t go wrong if you make a booking. Be sure to get in early because you will not be the only one looking to get some great accommodation.

Driving in Winter in Scandinavia

Last weekend I had the pleasure (!) of driving in the Norwegian winter for the first time. Below you’ll find some tips for those of you doing the same, but first, my story. I don’t drive often these days. Since leaving the UK over two years ago, I’ve driven just four times, twice on the left and twice on the right. So it’s nerve-wracking enough driving at all, let alone on the “wrong” side of the road and during a blizzard. Yes, during a blizzard!

Driving Trondheim to Røros

My worries about making the trip from Trondheim to Røros were focused on the road surface. I’ve driven on icy roads in the UK and it’s not nice. But – and this feels stupid in hindsight – I hadn’t thought about the possibility of it snowing during the drive. The hire car from Allways in Trondheim was fine – a red Mini with winter tyres of course (a legal requirement in Norway), heated seats, and a full tank of fuel. Red Mini But the very moment we stepped out of the house to start our journey, the snow began to fall. Moholt in Winter We were leaving Trondheim at the worst possible time – the beginning of rush-hour on a Friday afternoon. So the main E6 motorway was at a crawl. My hopes of making it to the long country road to Røros before complete darkness soon disappeared. E6 traffic jam The snow quickly covered up the road markings sending my spatial awareness into meltdown – especially as the E6 switches from single to dual-carriageway and back again. We finally made it to Støren, the beginning of route 30, over an hour later than planned, and sure enough it was dark. As we turned on to route 30, my heart sank. Not only was it pitch black, the road was unlit, snow hurtled directly at the windscreen, and the sign ahead read “Røros 106km”. I don’t think I’ve ever had a scarier drive in my life. Winter driving in Norway What made things worse were the local drivers, clearly used to such conditions, flashing their headlights and overtaking me. Thanks @rseholes, that’s really going to help, especially when I was driving at just 7km/h under the speed limit. Hardly a dawdler. Whenever we found a chance to pull over I grabbed it. A chance to clean the windscreen, wipe snow from the front and rear lights, and most importantly to relax. The concentration required to drive in such hypnotic conditions is immense, and I found myself needing to stop every 20 minutes just to give my mind a break. As the snow worsened, we pulled into a Coop supermarket at Singsås. I genuinely felt fearful about continuing and contemplated staying put until the conditions improved. After 15 minutes or so, we decided to carry on. Taking a break Taking a break Conditions improved as we approached Røros. More of the road was lit and the snow had stopped. We eventually pulled into the Røros Hotell almost five hours after leaving Trondheim. On a summer day the drive would take a little over two hours.

The Return to Trondheim

After our weekend in Røros (I’m so excited to tell you all about it – next time!), I couldn’t help but be a little nervous ahead of the return drive. We left Røros with plenty of daylight still remaining. The roads were still treacherous, but with much better visibility I was able to relax a little more and appreciate some of the stunning scenery. I couldn’t believe this was the same road we’d driven just 48 hours before! Route 30

Winter Driving Tips

For those of you contemplating a winter drive in Norway, here are some tips. Most are common sense, but some you may not have thought of.

  • Allow significantly more time to complete your journey
  • Make sure your car is fitted with winter tyres (a legal requirement)
  • Stop regularly to clear snow from your headlights and number plates
  • Check the weather forecast but don’t rely on it – conditions can and will change rapidly
  • Take a flask of hot drink and some water
  • Take warm clothes and blankets
  • Take an ice scraper, brush, and old rags/cloths
  • Take two orange warning triangles in case of difficulties/breakdown
  • Make sure your mobile phones are fully charged
  • Pull over regularly for short breaks

Be careful out there!

What kind of gifts do travelers want

  This year, we have rustled up a great bunch of gift ideas for the traveler or wannabe traveler. From gifts for the practical traveler to those wanting the trip of a lifetime, our holiday gift suggestions have you covered.

For the Travel Sophisticate

RFID Protecting Passport holderAn RFID Blocking Passport Holder is the best way to protect your passport from identity theft. All newly issued passports and many credit cards include a RFID (radio frequency identification) chip with personal information.  Choosing a RFID blocking passport holder or wallet,is an inexpensive and attractive way to protect vital information. The pictured passport holder comes in several colors including black. It has interior pockets for credit cards, ID, business cards and currency, and includes zippered pocket for coins

For the Fashionista

I will let you in on a secret…actually a secret sweater. I accepted a sample sweater to review, but was not sure what to expect with something called a Secret Sweater, but once I tried it on, I got it. This lightweight sweater is perfect to wear under a suit jacket if you need just a little extra warmth…the secret part is that it doesn’t show. But equally as nice, it can be worn over a sleeveless dress or blouse and look fabulous. I love the cotton and modal material from which it is made; it feels smooth and light, but is actually very warm. It comes in a small packable pouch that you can easily store in your carry-on, ready to wear in case the plane is cold or you need a sweater at your destination.  Made in four sizes and in black or creamy white, it makes a great gift or stocking stuffer. If you buy one as a gift, do yourself a favor and get one for yourself as well. Order now..there’s free shipping through 12/18. For more details and to order this    

For the Garden Lover

We received a review copy of The Gardens of Venice and the Veneto by Jenny Condie and Alex Ramsay and were astonished by the gorgeous photos and poetic descriptions  of  the gardens. It makes you want to jump on the next plane to see these living art installations. A Coffee-table sized book, The Gardens of Venice and the Veneto invites you to turn the pages with its abundance of full-color photos, some reaching across both pages. Offering historical information along with intriguing photos, this book entices garden lovers and Italophiles alike to travel to the Veneto.

For the Adventure Traveler

A down sweater is warm and packable. We love that it is almost weightless, but still warm and toasty. The pictured women’s Marmot down sweater is made from 100% Polyester DWR Ripstop 1.2 oz/yd – 100% Polyester Embossed WR 1.8 oz/yd – 800 Fill Goose Down. this fitted, warmth-trapping down jacket offers surprising combination of warmth and light weight. The European 800-fill goose down insulation is extremely warm, lightweight and compressible.  Stuff it into an inside pocket for a snowball sized package that take on all your travels.

Trip of a Lifetime

Next year might just be the year to take your family on a vacation they will never forget. If you are beyond the Disney cruise and the all-inclusive beach get-a-way, you should consider a family luxury barge cruise in Europe.  You can charter a 4,6,8, 10 or even 12 passenger, all-inclusive, luxury barge cruise in France, Ireland, Scotland, England or Holland for a week. Imagine, taking your family, or group of friends, on a one-week canal cruise in your favorite country. Practice the language, eat the cuisine and drink the wines and other libations of the country, being pampered every minute. Excursions to castles, wineries, and other famous sites are fully included. Of special mention is the opportunity to visit England’s Highclere Castle, setting for public television’s Downton Abbey, on the 8 passenger luxury hotel barge, Magna Carta. For more information on Luxury Hotel Barges, contact EuroEscapes, specialists in Barge and River cruising.  

Eat on the street in Copenhagen

  Copenhagen excels at many things – it’s one of the greenest cities out there, arguably the most bike-friendly, and it has impeccable taste in art and design. It’s also made quite a name for itself as a gastronomic capital, not least because of its enviable seaside locale and plentitude of fresh, innovative talent. Perhaps most known is the multi-starred Nobu, which has been recognized as the world’s best restaurant for several years running. Be warned, a seven-course dinner of Nordic cuisine there can mean a months-long waiting list and a price tag of roughly $300.

Copenhagen Ice Cream BarCopenhagen Ice Cream Bar

Happily, there is also a wonderful tradition of street eats in Copenhagen, meaning foodie travelers don’t need to completely empty their pockets in order to eat like a local with some Danish flair. Given that sight-seeing all day can build up a fierce appetite, here are four recommendations for snacks that will help keep you fueled while on the go in the Danish capital.

Smørrebrød Sandwich

Copenhagen SandwichSmorrbrod – Copenhagen’s open-face sandwich

By far the most popular snack or light lunch, or even breakfast, the smørrebrød open-face sandwiches are much loved by locals and visitors alike. Available at delis, cafes and many bars and restaurants, there is almost an infinite number of possibilities of what a smørrebrød can contain. The easiest to find are ones with smoked salmon, dill and capers on top, or perhaps prawns with lemon and a light mayo; but there are also ones with egg, ham and cheese, roast beef, salami, herring and variations of salads, to name but a few. Most are served on dense rye bread, which makes it easy to pick up.

Ristet Hot Dogs

Copenhagen Hot Dog StandCopenhagen Hot Dog Stand

Hot dog stands, called pølsevognen, are all over the city center of Copenhagen. Make sure to order one with all the works, or the Ristet hot dog, which can be found at pretty much any stand. The Ristet comes with crispy, fried onions, thinly sliced pickles, mustard and ketchup, and the local remoulade, which is a sweet relish. This one also has the advantage of being served in a bun – most other sausage options are served with a roll on the side.

Ice Cream From Vaffelbageriet

Copenhagen Ice CreamCopenhagen Ice Cream

The Tivoli Gardens ice-cream stand has been serving up scoops for more than 100 years, and was recently voted by National Geographic as one of the Top 10 best ice creams worldwide. Be sure to try the specialty, the Amerikaner,  which consists of four scoops of ice cream in a waffle cone with syrup, whipped cream and chocolate-covered meringue; or opt for a blob of raspberry jam on top, which goes wonderfully well with whipped cream.

Torvehallerne Food Market

Copenhagen MarketCopenhagen Market

The Torvehallerne Food Market, located just a block from the Nørreport metro station, contains two large halls and surrounding patios which are nearly always brimming with families and groups of friends. One hall has stalls and stands selling items like fresh seafood, olives, cured meats, organic vegetables, myriad coffee beans and exotic spices. The other  hall is full of restaurant stands serving tapas, burgers, sandwiches, pastas, salads and seafood dishes. You will also find some very fine smørrebrød as well as delightful fish tacos served with pickled red cabbage.

Mikkeller Bar

Copenhagen BarCopenhagen’s Mikkeller Bar

While not exactly a foodstuff, the varied beers of Denmark’s much-respected and popular Mikkeller brewery are a must-try, and no place is better to sample them than at the namesake Mikkeller Bar in Vesterbro. This bar has consistently been ranked the best pub in the city. About 10 types of Mikkeller are usually on tap, and the menu lists more than 100 bottled varieties from around the world. It’s a dangerously comfortable spot to while away the afternoon.

Flights Can Cause Swelled Feet

Swelling Leg and Foot during air travel is common malady, and it’s typically harmless. It’s not a drama since the problem usually goes away on its own once you’re touch down. But, it’s worth knowing what causes leg & feet swelling so you can prepare your next flight better and prevent this problem. Leg & Feet swelling usually caused by inactivity during a flight. I’m not a doctor, but cited from MayoClinic.com

Sitting with your feet on the floor for a long period causes blood to pool in your leg veins. The position of your legs when you are seated also increases pressure in your leg veins. This contributes to foot swelling by causing fluid to leave the blood and move into the surrounding soft tissues.

And what you can do to prevent this problem:

  • Wear loose-fitting clothes.
  • Take a short walk once every hour.
  • Flex and extend your ankles and knees frequently while you’re seated.
  • Shift your position in your seat as much as possible, being careful to avoid crossing your legs.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Dehydration is one of the cause of swelling. I usually bring a bottle of water once I arrive at airport and suggest myself that this bottle must be empty when I arrive.
  • Avoid alcohol and any sedatives. Of course, why? this could make you too sleepy to walk around the cabin.