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The Most Underrated Spots on the Outskirts of London

London is one of our favorite cities to visit. But, if you have extra time in England, you really should consider spending some of it exploring the myriad of smaller English towns that lie just outside of the big city’s limits. To get a more authentic feel for England or to experience something novel, check out these top 8 underrated London destinations that make for a perfect day trip!

How Travel Helps Your Mental Health

travel for your mental health
If you’ve ever needed a reason to travel the world, studies have shown that it can have profound effects on a person’s well-being. Not only can it help improve your mood and outlook, but it can boost productivity at work as well. Researchers have found that you don’t have to travel far to reap the positive psychological benefits of taking a trip. If you’re still not convinced about packing up a suitcase, read on for ways that travel helps your overall mental health.

13 Last Minute Vacations for Thanksgiving Weekend

If you originally decided to stay home this Thanksgiving but are now itching for a new adventure, it’s not too late to book a last minute Thanksgiving getaway. If you need inspiration, look no further than these 13 great places to spend your Thanksgiving this year!

How to Fly Healthy

Stay healthy with these travel tips

There’s nothing worse than being sick on vacation – especially if you were fine before you got on the plane! From sneezy seatmates to germy surfaces, here are some important tips to help you protect yourself in-flight:

  • Seat pockets, tray tables, pillow and blankets, the airplane bathroom, even the air are all dirtier than you want to know. So pack hand sanitizer – 3 oz. or less – in your carry-on bag to avoid spreading the ick.
  • Flying makes you 20% more likely to catch the common cold. Beat the odds by loading up on Vitamin C and B-complex vitamins before, during, and after your flight with oranges, grapefruit, and leafy greens – and add vitamin-boosting drink packets like EmergenC to your water.
  • Speaking of water, avoid what comes out of the plane’s water dispenser. Ask for bottled water, or bring your own filtration bottle.
  • But don’t just avoid water… Dehydration is one of the biggest health concerns when flying. On the ground, normal humidity is between 20 and 50%, but in flight, it can be as low as 1%, leading to rapid dehydration which often goes unnoticed before it’s too late. To combat it, avoid alcohol, soda, and caffeine in the hours before your flight, drink 8 ounces of water every hour you’re in the air, and choose fruits and veggies over salty snacks.
  • Do lots of stretching and walking in the aisle (when the seatbelt sign is off) to keep your circulation flowing. You may feel silly, but it’s better than a blood clot!

A little planning and prevention will go a long way toward ensuring you’re in tip-top shape to take advantage of every precious day of your trip! Got any healthy travel tips we missed? Share them in the comments!