The thirteen+ hours flight between Dubai and Sydney is the most gruelling of the homeward journey. For the first time this trip we didn’t have the bulkhead seats which give you that vital extra leg room. It seems to me that travelling economy class is definitely only for small people. The young Russian woman who shared our bank of three seats was able to curl up and sleep, but I found it almost impossible and managed only two 2-hour periods of slumber despite being totally weary.
My old back problem flared up on the London-Dubai flight. It hasn’t troubled me for ages so i was unprepared, and my only duty-free purchase in Dubai was a packet of paracetamol. I avoid painkillers as much as possible, but the journey would have been intolerable without taking two of these every four hours.
This time I also remembered to take the two-hourly ‘No Jet Lag’ homeopathic prevention. I forgot on the way to the U.K. and didn’t feel any adverse effects, but with the prospect of returning to work within 48 hours of arrival I wanted to take every precaution. I suspect No Jet Lag’s efficacy may be as a placebo, but any help is welcome. We are now in Sydney airport awaiting the boarding call for our last flight.
Do you take anything to counteract the effects of long distance travel?
“I usually avoid all pills,
but flying can produce new ills.”