How to escape: Why a cabin break can refresh the soul

Simplicity is key to a cabin stay and while few of us go the full Thoreau, retreating to a spartan, isolated setting is more appealing than ever

A few years ago, I lived in a cabin for several months. It was in a glade at the bottom of a steep-sided cwm (valley) in the Black Mountains, south-east Wales. The single room was furnished with a bed, a table and a chair. Water came from a nearby spring, and I had a wood-burning stove, a gas ring for cooking and an outside, composting toilet. The front deck overlooked a brook, which provided the ambient soundtrack to my dreams.

I lived a pared-down life in a pared-down house. I woke at first light and went to bed at sunset. I cooked everything in one pot and chopped my own firewood. There was no electricity and no wifi. I couldn’t even tune the radio. I had to cross a fence and walk 200 metres up a bracken bank to get intermittent mobile reception. Quietly, I cut myself adrift from all forms of media – and who doesn’t feel like doing that these days? There was, correspondingly, a lot of time: time to read, observe the birds and watch the trees “dreaming out their old stories to the wind” as Thomas Gray wrote. There was time to listen to rain on the tin roof and, for me, time to write. I left with the first draft of a book.

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When you go traveling it is the perfect opportunity to cut loose, indulge yourself, and make the most of the opportunities you have. It’s not every day you get the chance to jet off to some far-flung location and spend a week or so forgetting about the stresses of regular life. If you want to enhance your travel experience, it is important that you use tips and hacks to improve your trip.

That’s why it is sometimes a good idea to think about what the experts suggest, and who better to offer travel tips and advice than airplane cabin crews?! Check out this list of some of the best and most revealing hacks that can help you to make your travel adventure the best it has ever been.

Try to make your luggage carry-on only

If you want to enjoy a stress-free trip, you can cut a lot of worry out by making sure you aren’t waiting for your luggage at the other end. Many cabin crews actually recommend that flyers do their best to back, so they are only bringing carry-on. Of course, for long-haul flights, this is practically impossible. However, for shorter trips, many planes will allow cases of a certain size to be stored in the overhead lockers.

Bring your own food

One of the big recommendations by a lot of cabin crew is that you bring your own food. Airline meals are not exactly the healthiest as they tend to be prepared well in advance. So, you can combat this issue by taking your own food and refusing the in-flight meal. This might seem less convenient, but it will be healthier, and you will be able to get a tastier meal out of it.

Dress smart

Think carefully about what you’re wearing when you get onto the plane, and consider your destination, and the time you will be landing. If it’s going to be sweltering, jeans and a sweater probably aren’t the best bet. Similarly, if it’s going to be freezing cold, shorts and a Hawaiian shirt would not be appropriate. Give a little more thought to what you are wearing, and be smart about how you dress.

Stay active where possible

Staying active is one of the biggest things people overlook when it comes to travel. Just because you have taken a break from day to day life, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be keeping fit. If you are on a long-haul flight, make sure you get up every couple of hours, stretch your legs, and walk around the plane for a bit. Once you arrive at your destination try to make sure you are staying active and keeping fit as much as possible.

These are just a few of the great tips you can use to have the most memorable travel experience possible. Your vacation adventure should begin the second you step onto the plane, and these are some of the best ways of making that happen. The next trip you take, make sure you follow some of these handy tips from the cabin crew members themselves!

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