RULES DO NOT APPLY
Irecently caught a 6am flight to Dubai and was lucky enough to be flying business class. So when the flight attendant offered me a glass of champagne 30 minutes prior to take off, it seemed rude to say no. On the return flight, in doing my best to juggle UAE and Australian time zones, I inadvertently slept too early and was wide awake at what was 2.30am in Oz. To help me get some more shut eye I decided a gin and tonic and a roast beef sandwich was the best solution.
There are two ways I treat these very odd food and beverage choices I would never, ever make if at home in the midst of a normal 24 hours.
The first boils down to sheer excitement. The build up to a trip can be enormous, whether it’s the weeks or months ahead when you commit to the trip or the 48 hours before when you’re packing, triple checking documents and getting to the airport to start your holiday. Even if it’s a business trip or you fly frequently, there’s a sense of relief when you’ve done all the airport admin and make it to the plane. Who doesn’t want a drink?
The next is what I like to call Plane Brain Drain. We get sky high and suddenly all sensible decision-making goes out the window.
It’s a state of mind that continues well into the holiday when restraint is replaced with overindulgence and a rampant desire to break our regular commitments to health and wellbeing. It’s one of the perks of travel: rules need not apply.
On a recent trip to the Kerry Hotel in Hong Kong there was no need to turn on the TV for entertainment as the floor-to-ceiling windows facing the harbour gave me plenty to look at. This was the blue sky before the typhoon set in, changing all the colour to shades of grey.