Air quality a problem when traveling

I really like to travel to new places, experience different cultures and see different sites.

Every year, I save up for a trip to a new location.

I’ve been to Iceland, Puerto Rico, Aruba, Hawaii, Spain and Germany. The worst part of these vacations is the actual travel. I typically schedule my trips over the winter. I need to get up very early in the morning, brush the snow off my car and let the heater run to defrost the windshield. I’m forced to bundle up in heavy boots, wool coat and sweaters because of temperatures below freezing. I make the hour drive to the airport and then just about freeze to death while I drag my suitcase across the huge parking lot. Once I make it inside the airport terminal, I immediately begin to sweat. The heating system is always blasting from overhead vents. I remove my coat and extra layers of sweaters and stuff them into my suitcase. I then wait an hour in the overheated airport to finally board the plane. Because I don’t want to need to use the bathroom during the flight, I dehydrate myself. I normally end up with a terrible headache. Along with dehydration, I blame poor air quality. The smells in the airport are a problem. There’s tons of people wearing perfumes, sneezing and coughing. There’s always dogs adding dander to the mix. Then I finally board the plane and start shivering. They blast cool air the entire flight. I make sure to turn off the overhead vent, but it doesn’t make much of a difference. With a layover and second flight to my destination, I got through the process of sweating and then freezing all over again. It’s such a relief to arrive at my hotel and have control over a thermostat.

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