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How To Relax After A 15-Hour Flight To Hong Kong

October 20th, 2007 · 11 Comments

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A man in Hong Kong is caressing me and yet we’ve barely even exchanged hellos. I’m at the airport, in a delicious place called Oriental Healing Art next to gate 41 and I’m indulging in something I always seem to talk myself out of when traveling. A foot massage.

After a 15 hour flight, my legs are sore and I’m sporting a serious pair of cankles. In the past, this water retention prank has alarmed me to the point of panic attack. Case in point, my 1st 24 hours in Cambodia. It’s the middle of the night and I’m naked, curled into fetal position on the cool, tiled bathroom floor of some fancy hotel. Travel Boyfriend is there feeding me Xanax, which I chew without water in hope that it’ll enter my system quicker.

But now I know better. I know it’s not deep vein thrombisis. It’s dehydration. And the effects of being cramped like airborne veal for an extended period. I know it’ll go away soon, especially with the added benefit of this Hong Kong airport man’s reflexology skills.

After a half hour of soaking, poking, prodding, and kneading, he even thoughtfully attends to a bruise on my ankle by rubbing it with Tiger Balm. Two days later it’ll be completely healed, the arduous flights long forgotten.

The only issue is I signed up for this experience having no idea what the conversion rate is between Hong Kong dollars and U.S. dollars. I’m hoping it’s not an even exchange, otherwise, I’m about to give this guy a $40 tip.

Travel Betty Basics

Oriental Healing Arts
Hong Kong Airport
Between Gates 40 & 41
½ hour reflexology treatment: US $35 + tip

Tags: Air Travel · Health · Hong Kong

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  • 11 responses so far ↓

    • 1 Chris // Oct 21, 2007 at 5:51 am

      Tell me about 15 hour flights! It’s a real pain in the backside. I usually try to avoid them at all costs. After 4 hours my skin is starting to get itchy and drying out heavily, after 5-6 hours my nose is dry and starts running, a few hours more and my eyes become red and itchy and I’m closer to looking like a Zombie than ever.

      Tried to drink plenty or even use Melatonin to sleep through, but to no avail. Flying long hours simply sucks!

      I still hope they will do something to improve the climate on board with the new generations of Super-Jumbos….hope dies last, right? ;-)

      Cheers from Bali,

      Chris
      http://www.nomad4ever.com
      Life is what you make it!

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    • 2 Dadgum // Oct 21, 2007 at 4:52 pm

      Hey Travel Betty. Hong Kong looked pretty good to me in 1969 on an R&R from Vietnam. Curiously enough I was dehydrated too, and needed to be treated with some alcohol-free water.

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    • 3 Rosalind Gardner // Oct 23, 2007 at 10:58 am

      Way to go, girl! I usually book in for a foot massage on the first day after a long flight. Not only is it a healing practice, but it feels darned good too!

      The big point to remember though, is not to buy shoes for a couple of days, until the swelling subsides and your feet are back to their normal size.

      I still look longingly at a pair of beautiful beaded slides that I bought in Singapore – now banished to the closet. They’re a 9 and I wear a 7.5! :-)

      Cheers,
      Ros

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    • 4 Travel Betty // Oct 23, 2007 at 8:10 pm

      Chris, yeah, the SuperJumbos will be great for those who can afford first class. Private suites and all! But it’ll be the same cattle corral in coach I’m sure.

      Alcohol-free water, Dadgum? What’s the fun in that! ;)

      Good tip, Rosalind! Although you should bring those shoes with you on your next long haul flight. At least they’ll fit the day after!!

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    • 5 artur // Feb 12, 2008 at 8:47 am

      i dont think is the better way of recovery after 15 hours flight, than 20 hours sleep:)

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    • 6 bird watcher // Feb 25, 2008 at 11:53 am

      how about a hot bubble bath before the 20 hour sleep

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    • 7 Flug // May 5, 2008 at 8:57 am

      How about wearing special compression stockings? I know they don´t look nice, but it´s better to get a deep vein thrombosis.

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    • 8 Travel Betty // May 7, 2008 at 7:44 am

      Agreed, everyone! So the advice now is: fly the 15 hours while wearing Flug’s compression socks, get the reflexology done, take Bird Watcher’s suggested bubble bath and then sleep for 20 hours like Artur says. Now THAT is a great way to recover from jet lag!! Thanks for the tips :)

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    • 9 Flug // Jun 2, 2008 at 2:26 am

      :D Nice summary and I think it´s the perfect way to recover. So Betty, after your next flight tell us, whether it works. Kind regards

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    • 10 Asia Flights // Dec 17, 2008 at 5:56 pm

      A foot massage is a great tip after such a long flight….I’m definitely going to have to remember it.

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    • 11 Neuwagen // Jan 6, 2010 at 1:29 pm

      Hey Betty, thank you for your good article. I want to fly to vietnam and the flight will be hard for me.

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