The essence of vacation is breaking your routine. That’s good, and that’s bad – especially if part of that routine is working out regularly. Travel can be stressful, and you’ve got to know how to handle it.
One way is to take advantage of airport spas. One of the newest is at Minneapolis/St. Paul International, a major hub for Delta Air Lines. XpresSpa and Regis Salons just set up shop near the entrance to the C and D concourses in Terminal 1, the Lindbergh Terminal. They’re near the Rock Bottom Brewery, and open from 6am till 10pm each day. That means you can get a massage before boarding an early morning flight, or maybe that cross-country red-eye.
XpresSpa offers massage therapy, reflexology, nail treatments, waxing and such. Over on the salon side, at Regis, get a haircut, style, or shampoo. The latter is a particularly good way to—quite literally—wash away the tangles that travel can create.
XpresSpa arms you for the trip ahead too. There are travel pillows, eye masks and such – as well as skin treatments. Aircraft cabins are kept very, very dry – on purpose. It’s to minimize metal corrosion. Problem is, that almost complete lack of humidity doesn’t do much for your skin.
A couple of Cheapflights tips to staying healthy en route: take along a squeeze bottle of saline nasal solution and use it liberally. Consider purchasing a pair of compression hose (socks) and use them while flying. Massage the back of your calves and flex your legs several times in flight. Fight the urge to simply cocoon and stay still. This will help prevent the onset of dangerous deep-vein thrombosis – blood clots in the legs.
Story by Jerry Chandler