Getting home from a holiday is one of the most disheartening things in the world. With all the hype, enjoyment and break from work behind you, it can feel like you've got nothing left to look forward to. Your next time off seems a million years away and even falling back into the normal routine of life seems mundane.
You know, if you're being dramatic about things.
Even if you're less inclined to melodrama, the readjustment to normal rather than beach life is rarely any fun for anyone. It can be made worse if you've brought something new home; and we're not talking about holiday snaps and souvenirs here. We're talking about the things you don't want.
"What things?" You’re now wondering, glancing at your suitcase, wondering about your stowaways. Now don't worry! It's probably not in your suitcase! There are far less obvious places to worry about instead!
Welcome back from your holiday! Now you're sick.
Blame The Plane: The Problems With Long-Distance Flying
There are several reasons for ill health when you get home. Some of them are self-inflicted (sunburn, excessive alcohol consumption) but the others you can do very little about.
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You may have heard that airplanes are a breeding ground for bacteria and illnesses, which is true. You may have heard this is because of the recycled air circulation, which is absolute fiction. The actual cause of bacteria and bugs onboard aircraft is the incredibly fast turnaround time modern jets do. They can often land, be "cleaned" and then back in the air with a new set of passengers within two hours. How thorough a cleaning do you think they can get in two hours? And this will continue, day after day after day.
To prevent, don't use anything on a plane that may have gone through this less-than-stellar cleaning process. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap if you use the bathroom and give everything a once over.
Resort Problems: Enjoyed It While There, Misery At Home
Bugs on aircraft aren't the only issue; the others may be far trickier to track. If you've been to a destination that has hard water, your skin and hair might be feeling the after-effects. You'll notice a residue on your skin and your hair may build up. Make sure your home is not also prone to this - a few washes in soft water will be all you need. Check out the best water softener reviews you can find for more information.
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Furthermore, your skin can have taken a battering if you have spent a lot of time in the sea. While salt water has skin benefits in small doses, too much and it becomes problematic. You might notice more rough skin when you get home, so break out the exfoliator to prevent resembling a rhino.
The More Serious Side...
There is also the - albeit unlikely - chance you have brought back a more serious contaminant. There are special measures in place for outbreaks like the Zika virus, but if you feel unwell soon after coming home, seek medical advice. Epidemics are often started or spread by well-meaning holidaymakers. You don’t want to be patient zero, and you also just don’t want to be ill.
With all of that in mind, as foreboding as it is, have a fun trip! None of this is actually likely to happen, it just pays to keep an eye out.
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