Carbo-load to avoid alti­tude sick­ness

The Washington Post Sunday - - TRAVEL - TALK ABOUT TRAVEL

Mon­days, at 2 p.m., The Wash­ing­ton Post’s travel writ­ers and ed­i­tors dis­cuss your travel sto­ries, ques­tions, gripes and more at live.wash­ing­ton­post.com. Here are some edited ex­cerpts from a re­cent dis­cus­sion:

I’m head­ing out to the Rock­ies this com­ing week­end. I know I should make sure to keep hy­drated and watch al­co­hol in­take, but do you have any other hints for less­en­ing ef­fects of the high alti­tude?

I think you’re on the right track. Drink plenty of liquids, avoid al­co­hol and don’t smoke. Also, the ex­perts rec­om­mend eat­ing lots of carbs. The full ef­fects of alti­tude sick­ness don’t nor­mally man­i­fest un­til a day or two (at least for me) so you might be fine with a week­end visit. I think I may do a Nav­i­ga­tor on this topic, since it comes up a lot. — Christopher El­liott

I am plan­ning a trip to Ire­land ei­ther in Septem­ber or Oc­to­ber and have never been. Which would be bet­ter to go as far as cost? Also, I have not pur­chased my tick­ets yet. Would it be bet­ter for me to wait?

Aer Lin­gus has fre­quent sales to Ire­land, so I would start with that air­line. Oc­to­ber is typ­i­cally a bit cheaper than Septem­ber. Get fa­mil­iar with the usual round-trip fare so you’ll know when you are get­ting a deal. — Carol Sot­tili

I’m go­ing to Dublin for a long week­end (lay­over from Por­tu­gal). Is there a beach area you rec­om­mend that we can visit in a day trip, prefer­ably one that is ac­ces­si­ble by pub­lic trans­port?

You can find har­bors north (Howth and its Clare­mont Beach) and south (Dun Laoghaire and its Sea­point Beach) of Dublin’s city cen­ter. You can take a boat trip around Dublin Bay or plunk down on the beach. Both desti­na­tions are ac­ces­si­ble by bike or train. — An­drea Sachs

I re­ceived a let­ter of­fer­ing greatly re­duced prices on Caribbean cruises based on casino us­age. Is this too good to be true? Are there any pit­falls?

Without hav­ing a copy of your of­fer, it’s dif­fi­cult to say, but gen­er­ally these kinds of cruises are too good to be true. The food and ameni­ties are sub­stan­dard, the ships are older, and the cruise lines em­pha­size the gam­bling, which is the rev­enue driver. I’m sure there are ex­cep­tions to this, but if you only have one va­ca­tion this year, why take a chance? — C.E.

Are there any rea­son­ably priced, good ho­tels in New York City that of­fer free or re­duced rates for car park­ing?

Af­ford­able, N.Y.C. and free park­ing rarely go to­gether. But try the Alex Ho­tel on 45th Street, which has a free park­ing pack­age, and the Dou­bleTree by Hil­ton Ho­tel Metropoli­tan — New York City. Just make sure to do the math so that you are not pay­ing more for the pack­age vs. a la carte. — A.S.

I’m fly­ing to Miami this week and would like to find a good Cuban restau­rant within a few miles of Miami In­ter­na­tional Air­port. Any rec­om­men­da­tions?

You may not need to leave the air­port. Try Cafe Ver­sailles at MIA. It’s one of my fa­vorite places for Cuban food. — C.E.

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