Breathing Easier as a Traveler

Traveling is a great joy to most people who love to see new places and new faces around the world—and the more exotic the better. It is the ultimate antidote to boredom and ennui at home. Every so often, we must break our routines and get on a plain, bus, or train. Comparing cultures is a special social science for these nomads who like to spread the word to newbies. Those of us to aspire to the condition of world roamer lap up every word, every photo, and every travel tip. We can’t get enough. We can spot a tourist from a traveler a mile away. The latter seems to learn from experience how to make their jaunt more comfortable and pleasant. Take the problem of allergies that seems to arise in the most surprising places. You get a whiff of new pollen or airborne spores and you are set off on a sneezing and wheezing jag that can last the duration of your trip—ruining it completely. Who knows what else is in the foreign air you breathe when you are away from home.

You can do something about it for a modest investment. A small, portable, inexpensive air purifier should be in your suitcase or backpack, ready to pull out at the least sign of air pollution such as smoke, mold, pet dander, chemicals, germs, or odors. Just ask at your travel store for the best model with conversion plugs and you are all set for most locations. It pays to think ahead and avoid the loss of sleep that comes from poor air quality, and believe me, the problem is rampant. As a friendly expat, I am here to spread the news that you will save yourself infinite grief in the long run. An air purifier doesn’t take up much space and they are easy to operate at the flick of a switch. There is nothing as wonderful as breathing easier once those nasty allergies have set in. An air purifier works in any average size hotel room and sure beats an oxygen tank and face mask. It is the modern traveler’s way to combat allergens. Make it a must on your next voyage abroad.

Don’t be too proud to use it. You don’t have to be a dutiful tourist and go native an accept conditions such as they are.Diehards say it the environment, such as it is, is part of what makes visiting a certain locale different. But what is unique and characteristic of a place surely doesn’t include odors, bacteria, mold, and dust. You want a clean room top to bottom and that includes the air. Odor plays a huge role in making a hotel room feel and smell rank. Don’t underestimate the need to banish odors with your special travel appliance. Accommodating to negative conditions is the mark of an experienced traveler and it can make the difference between a wonderful experience and a mediocre one. If you can’t sleep because you can’t breathe, you are likely to be too tired to enjoy the scenery and the local color in any case.