|Quoting Wadha (Thread starter):|
traveling to Canada (YYZ) lets say from Doha or Dubai, (..) A non stop all the way, or a connection in Amsterdam, London or Frankfurt?
The distance to be covered is only marginally longer on those connections. So this is no issue, even though the total travel time will be longer by a couple of hours (about 3+ hours for addditional decend, ground time and ascend - longer if the connection is longer).
The effect of nonstop vs. connection on one's body will vary very much with:
- size (= how comfortably one can sit in the confined space of a Eco-Class seat; take myself as an example for one how can't due to height and weight)
- direction of travel (west- or eastbound); westboud travel usually is much less stressful than flying eastbound through the night.
- times of departure / arrival: Fly out after some good rest and you will arrive in better shape.
- personal habit / ability to rest / sleep on an aircraft
- personal fitness / resistance to stress factors
Pro: When making a connection, you easily can get some excercise for your body.
Con: A connection adds to the overall travel time.
For the route given: If total time in the a/c does not exceed approx. 13 hours, a nonstop should be an easy thing for the body to survive; anything considerably longer would add much more stress on the body.
In every travel class there are some tips to make the long flight easier on the body:
Wear comfortable clothing
Remove shoes once onboard
To my repeated experience: Do not drink beer, as it makes your feet swell; this I could not reproduce when drinking other alcohol (Champagne, wine) in quantities in combination with non-alcoholic liquids. Staying away from alcohol should be considered while onboard, but this is everybodys personal decision: some alcohol might make one sleepy, too much alcohol never is a good idea.
Keep you body hydrated; if you do not want to rely on the onboard service, bring along you own bottle of water (buy after security - or take empty bottle unscrewed through security and fill up at tap before boarding).
Eat light, but often enough to avoid being hungry for extended periods. To avoid, bring along your own extra, nutritious food.
Choose a carrier that maximizes the personal space available to you.
Wear hearing protection, as the constant drone of the air rushing along the fuselage makes one dizzy; consider to sit in the center seat-block rather than in a window seat.
If your flight leaves between morning and noon but arrives in the afternoon of the same day, sleep for not more than a few hours (2-4 hrs) onboard; this way you will be tired enough to fall asleep once in the hotel at your destination at normal local hours. After not more than 1 or two nights you should have adapted to the new time zone (depending on one's proneness to jetlag).
For the return (eastbound flight) things are totally different though:
- Eat before boarding the a/c.
- If you feel sleepy right after boarding the a/c, start sleeping right away. Attach "Do not disturb me for dinner" sticker; go for the breakfast instead. Bring along some light food for the case you wake up and are seriously hungry.
With these basic tips, a 12+ hour flight should be a easy thing to survive, but it requires some planning of things to do and bring along.
If you break the flight into two parts (i.e. make a connection, espcially westbound as this is the longer (= headwinds) flight), replenishing your body and your supplies at the stop-over point is easier.
You see: For the route mentioned there is no clear winner or looser.
Things might / will be different for other routings, though.
[Edited 2009-08-31 01:09:26]
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