What day it is? Where am I? Am I hungry?
Ah yes, jet lag.
Bleary-eyed greetings from Manchester, everyone. Yesterday (I think that means Tuesday) seems to have disappeared altogether, which is really screwing with my mind. I left my house in Victoria at 12 pm on Monday and due to a “significant sewage spill on the baggage loading ramp” our flight out of Vancouver was delayed. This resulted in a missed connection at Heathrow – I had to wait an additional four hours in the airport for a flight to Manchester (could have gotten here faster on the train). And poof – Tuesday was over!
Nonetheless, the YVR – LHR (yes, let’s get all geeky and use airport code-talk) flight, which was over nine hours, felt pretty short. It’s all about in-flight comfort.
Let’s just assume you are in coach. You’re going to walk right past those smug demi-gods in their first class pods (I always feel like they’re staring down the paupers as though to say “I realize you have no choice but to invade our private airborne palace as you make your place to your pathetic little seat, but don’t you DARE make eye contact with me.”)
First of all, don’t even THINK about wearing jeans. I see this all the time. Is there a more uncomfortable garment for the seated individual than denim? I think Lululemon should amend their list of sports: yoga, running, air travel. I may look like a slob in the ubiquitous black stretchy pants, but it doesn’t get more comfortable than this. These pants are my flight uniform!
Secondly, you must arm yourself with the “big three”: pillow, ear plugs, eye mask. These will make all the difference as to whether you achieve four hours of shuteye or four minutes. I’ve tried a full range of travel pillows and, while a big honkin memory foam device may be comfy, it’s not worth the real estate in your suitcase. I say, go inflatable.
I just want to a take a moment here to brag about how light I’ve packed! For a woman, the biggest packing challenge is undoubtedly shoes. Unlike men, we do not have “a shoe” (Converse?) that works for every outfit. Maybe I was feeling particularly ruthless (and unfashionable) when I packed, but I’ve taken only my hiking shoes and a pair of flats. Admittedly, I have also packed an extra bag for new acquisitions…heh heh heh.
(Also: Visit Britain suitcase on a Visit Britain trip? I know, it’s like wearing a “Metallica” t-shirt to a Metallica concert).
Another huge factor in my compact packing: the absence of a brick-like laptop! I got myself an iPad and this rad Logitech bluetooth keyboard and I’m blogging from this modern marvel as we speak!
So, what can you expect in the coming days? I’m in Wales until Sunday, then I’m off to Bath, Devon, Cornwall and Shropshire. My schedule is extremely dense, so in lieu of full blogging I hope to be updating you several times a day with pictures and small bits of info. Then, come June 1, I’m going to be unrolling the most awesome U.K. travel package I’ve ever done. You will practically be able to lick your screen and taste Marmite.