Monday, April 14, 2008

Frequently Asked Questions

I "heart" you guys, because you are (pretend to be) really interested in my travel adventures, and often you ask me questions. So I'll start a new post tradition. I'll collect your questions, and answer them on days like today where I have a case of the Mondays and no inspiration for a destination to wow you with. :)

Question: How do you recover from these trips?
Answer: I'm not very good with it. Especially for long flights that take me through several time zones. When I came back from Australia, it took me over three weeks to get my body back to normal. For shorter trips, drinking a lot of water helps. Eating well (especially the night before you fly) does a body good, and especially in airports. Try and sleep on the plane if you can (though I have difficulty with this.) If you're going on a trip where your time clock will be off - like Hawaii - try and keep your schedule the same. (Your body will do this for you when you first arrive. The longer you're there, the more you'll adjust, and the harder it will be when you return.) Get up early, and go to the gym, where you'll find all the other tourists who can't sleep.

Question: How much vacation time do you get a year?
Answer: Not enough. I'm strategic about my travel. I try to schedule it around holidays (which give me a free day to travel) and weekends. (A long weekend is often enough.) Technically, I get the standard, crappy, American 2-weeks a year. I'm thinking of moving to Europe, where they get 5 weeks a year (darn you!) I'm also a per-hour worker, so I can (and do) earn some comp time to combine with my vacation time.

Question: Who's BF?
Answer: BF stands for BoyFriend. Our one-year anniversary is Friday. We've now been on 2 trips together, and we're going on our third next week. He's the best.

Hope this provides some insight into the not-as-exciting-as-it-looks life of Carmen.


Cheysuli and gemini said...

Happy Anniversary Carmen!

Also, if you get over that needle phobia, acupuncture might help on the longer trips too--will help with jet lag.

Do you get any jet lag when you GO on a trip?

Red said...

It's been one year already?!? Wow, time does fly. Happy happy anniversary to you both... have fun in Vegas!

PS: I have a travel related question for you: Who looks after Pooh when you're off travelling? Do you have kind neighbours or does he go into a cattery?

Renee said...

Wow! It's been a year already? Time sure does fly. Happy Anniversary to you & happy for you both!

Thanks for answering those questions! That was great.

I can't sleep on the plane either...I've got issues (as if my staying awake is gonna keep it from crashing??? right.) When we went to Korea and back we had loads of jet lag, of course. I think only once did we manage to not be messed up for an entire week...but that was only because we had done a very short trip home and back.

So where you off to this time?

oh and I am interested in your travels.

Melli said...

Ohhhhhhh my gosh! It's been a YEAR ... already??? Now I AM WOWWED!!! (does HE know what a MIRACLE this is???) Has HE read the OLD blog posts??? ROFL!!! This is sO wonderful!!! You should see me happy dancin'!

Goofy Girl said...

Happy Anniversary!! <3!

I've got a ? : How do you figure out fun things to do?

Pink Chihuahua Princess said...

One year?!?! I can't believe its already been that long. Congrats and Happy Anniversary to you!!

Amy said...

Congrats on it being 1 year on Friday. That is fantastic! :) Thank you for answering the questions. That's super helpful :)