Traveling can be stressful let alone during the festive season when many are going home for the holidays, visiting friends and family and meeting up with loved ones for Christmas. This can provide another layer of anxiety for those using medical oxygen and could deter anyone from even thinking about travel. Here are a few tips so you can set off on your travels and not miss out plus feel more relaxed as with anything planning and being prepared is the best tip especially if you have portable oxygen to take with you and also if you are going away for a longer period than normal.
Avoid travelling on busy days for example Christmas Eve or once most companies break up for the Christmas holidays.
Always plan to have extra battery power in case of travel delays or disruptions beyond your control.
Real Christmas trees are magical but for those with respiratory difficulties this can affect your breathing. Fake Christmas trees are much safer.
The festive season brings out all the scents but also with this comes naked flames so avoid scented candles that may trigger problems and also walk passed those chestnuts on open fires or grills.
If you are traveling via air or sea please do check with your transportation provider your needs and that you are all pre-booked for your requirements. It is always advised to check all requirements before travel to stop any confusion or problems when boarding.
Finally enjoy your holiday, the time of year and being with your loved ones. Christmas is a magical time and can be enjoyed by all. Simply plan and prepare for all situations. If you require medical oxygen abroad simply send your medical requirements to the team at OxygenWorldwide who can arrange everything for you. Having 24/7 contact especially during holidays is a must and the OxygenWorldwide team will be your support.
Now the way we work is changing; many are back in the office but mostly at a hybrid or part-time level. Many of us are now turning our dining tables or spare bedrooms into offices. This means are are spending more and more hours of the day in the same posture and position and this in turn causes circulation to decrease and this can result in tense muscles.
Working all day and even at home can cause stress, but when you take a holiday how relaxed do you feel? You feel good right?! Imagine if this was made harder because you rely on oxygen to breathe too.
Oxygen is a vital element that helps us to remain healthy and young – Oxygen Worldwide provide that essential life-line with arranging medical oxygen to our population when travelling across seas and oceans and to feel that they can still see the world.
This week there was a green light for the travel industry and passengers to and from the UK. After such a difficult two years throughout the pandemic, finally this week there was good news. Both British Airways and Virgin Atlantic announced an easing of mask wearing on their flights from UK. The UK has had an easing of restrictions since the beginning of the year and now with more people feeling safe to travel again there was even more change.
Now if the destination does not require mask wearing on public transport then this will not be compulsory on these flights for passengers. Of course if you wish to wear a mask you can and on board these flights staff will also wear mask when needed for those passengers who prefer.
There will still be a need for mask if the destination still has this rule in place. A step forward for getting the travel industry back on its feet.
Please check with your airline if you are planning to travel but also this week Heathrow airport also announced mask wearing was not compulsory apart for in close situations throughout the airport.
Tui and Jet2 have also followed with this change for England and N Ireland flights. Scotland and Wales still require mask wearing so this will still be in place for those locations.
Please do check before travelling and if you are still unsure about this change you are still welcome to make that personal choice.
Travel has certainly been up and down the last couple of years. Since COVID restrictions started to ease and travel became easier the industry has seen a high demand for those wanting and needing to travel. Everyone wants to explore new destinations and also see family again. Now with the Ukraine and Russia invasion travellers may be left confused, worried or unsure if travel can still go ahead – especially is in European countries.
What travellers need to know is:
You are still safe to travel to other European countries at the moment
Please still do update yourself with current coronavirus rules for the country you are travelling to
For neighbouring countries to Ukraine please be aware that many of these places have had an influx of refugees and emergency support set up to help
Keep up to date with the news just in case of any air space changes
Don’t cancel your travel plans just yet; especially as air lines may see an increase in fuel prices which will in turn be passed onto the customer
If you are also travelling with medical oxygen please do speak to to @oxygenworldwide team for current guidance and support for your trip.
Have you ever wondered what happens to all the Christmas trees; real and artificial once the festive fun is all over?
A couple have started up a business to let people rent their Christmas trees as part of Oxygen Project. This helps to reduce the amount of trees that simply end up in the landfill. Your tree gets replanted for you ready for next year.
On average, one tree produces nearly 260 pounds of oxygen each year. You may feel an artificial tree would be better as they are re-used each year but ultimately once disposed of they take a long time to decompose in a landfill. Recycling your real tree is the most environmental option to take.
This year will certainly be a different Christmas for all. Many of us will have to be at home or choose to be at home. Many of us will have to choose ‘who’ we spend Christmas with due to logistics, regulations or simply because we don’t want to mix households.
Even though we may be at home more this festive season it doesn’t mean the Christmas cheer has disappeared. Even more reason to up the festive spirit and we have a few ideas for you:
1. Decorate lots – this year most people have started early on the Christmas decorations and most trees have been adorned with fairy lights, baubles and tinsel. Remember to decorate more this year so you really feel in the festive mood. There are a lot of DIY ideas online or many stores selling everything sparkly. Immerse your home into a winter wonderland as you will be at home more this season.
2. Home baking – Now we all learnt a lot more about baking during the lockdown but now you can put your cooking skills to the test with fun food. Reindeer cookies, snowball cocktails or fab nibbles and treats for all the family to enjoy.
3. Games – games are not only fun they really get everyone involved (as long as no arguments!). It is good to get some competition going, mind thinking and also helps to pass a good amount of time. Maybe have a nice prize for the winner on hand . If you prefer to enjoy a game on your own puzzles are great, not only are they satisfying once the picture starts to take shape and you aim for completion of that last puzzle piece.
So one country claims they are the perfect holiday destination for those who suffer from breathing allergies but which ‘A is it???
The Alps in Austria are full of fresh mountain air, low pollen counts and ideal temperatures. Destinations such as the National Park district of Krimml, Tyrolean alps or Obergurgl pine forest are advertised as the perfect holiday for allergy and asthma sufferers with its high altitude levels and cleansed air.
So if you are stuck for a holiday destination that will help you breathe easy take a look at Austria, if the mountains and pine forests are not your chosen holiday then there is always a nice sunny beach in Spain for relaxation and sunshine!