Something a little humorous today.
Alright, this can be serious stuff for some. Readers who fly often enough know that one frequently need to release tension at their rear ends while in the air. Yeah, we’re talking about farting in public. And specifically on the aircraft. Many explanations are pro-offered for this, including this article from the Huffington.
HAFE – High Altitude Flatus Expulsion. What a mouthful.
Essentially it means flatulence, or in other words – passing of gas out of you know where. So why do we have to HAFE in the air? Well that probably varies from person to person, but it is mainly due to the gas in the intestines expanding when you get higher up in altitude. Lower pressure outside the body, higher inside…
And there are suggestions in the article on how does one can combat it. Keeping it in is NOT one of the solutions. In fact, the medical professionals interviewed for the article suggests that keeping it in will not only lead to discomfort but also more bloating and pain. It may even lead to inflammation of the colon. So, one have to learn to let it go. Aye…. feel better now?
Avoid salty and fatty food and drink more water. But wait. Did we not know that food served on the plane are normally more savory? Read here for our take on that. How about walking about the plane to ‘improve the flow’? FAA regulations discourage ‘loitering’ about the plane… Perhaps anti-gas medication is indeed one of the better solutions but we personally would not consider it. We still think the ability to let go is best.
Afterall, when you are on your journey you want to be in the pink of health when you arrive at your destination. Nothing is worse than being cramped up when you land. If there is need to visit the lavatory more often on the plane, so be it. Don’t hold back, its good for you.
Hmm…wonder if the same effect takes place when we get to places of high altitude? HAFE you experienced this when you fly?
You have to hand it to the Daily Mail for picking up this story…In this post, we are told that the country’s leadership has opted for a high value; high quality tourism approach. Only 5-star hotels and resorts will be approved hereon. And they are suppose to come with their own water treatment and backup power systems, supposedly for environmental reasons. However, budget travelers need not fret. AirBnB is still available. And along with that the local hostels too. Perhaps what will be costlier will be the flights!
Why has this come to pass you ask?
Quite possibly, the islands had felt the strong wave of tourist numbers flooding their shores! Recall that we wrote some time back about the sheer growth of tourism volumes here? And that we had predicted too that there could be repercussions. In the form of a push back. Enough is enough!
Now granted that the push back we anticipated is from the local folks, but you should also know that all politics are local. If the constituents are not happy, well the politicians are likely to pander to the direction of political winds to stay in power. Not unless you have a dictatorship…Thus this latest development in Palau is not a surprise to us at all.
And we believe this is the harbinger of the future…
Could quotas be introduced in “hot” tourist destinations? Want to visit Barcelona? Go online and apply for an TSTA – ‘Tourist system travel application’. Like its cousin ESTA, you have to pay for this application and it has a limited validity. Without this you can’t get on a flight, bus or train to the city. Even if you are on a cruise ship, you cannot disembark. Aargh! How will long term ‘travelers’ be affected?
Will this become a reality?
Perhaps not as drastic. But nevertheless some form of “control” is likely to be on the cards. In our humble opinion that is. There cannot be action without a reaction – no matter if it is equal or not in force. Just as the pendulum swings or sine wave oscillates, at some point the huge number of tourists will cause sufficient strain to the infrastructures of destinations to buckle. We just might see more cities and countries adopt some form of what Palau just decided to do. Perhaps it’s just a matter of time.
And that’s how the cookie crumbles.
You read this prediction first – here on our blog. What do you think about our prediction?
We posted some time back how the volume of travel traffic has been continuing to grow (here) despite the great recession of 2008 and seeming economic decline/crisis (depends on your view) in the last 8 years.
Well, more forecasts have come to light (read here).
Can you imagine the following:
- 7.2 billion (yep with a capital B) people will be flying across the planet in the year 2035?
- That’s almost 20 million passengers per day, every day of the calendar year!
- Assuming each flight takes 300 people, that’s 67,000 flights per day.
There may be >43,000 airports all over the world according to IATA, but most of the flights will be concentrated in hubs. Imagine the traffic jam! Recall that we also delved into the topic of how all these flight congestions in the air is managed (read here). This will become ever more challenging. Let’s hope that the technology and processes keep pace with flight volumes. And keep us safe!
Then there is the trend of ever more security measures being deployed in response to risks posed by terrorist groups. Set aside your environmental concerns for a moment. What do you think the consequences will be? Longer wait times at the security check? It gets really crowded at the attractions you want to go see? Longer queues for transport from the airport?
In a world where almost half of its inhabitants are on the move for some reason or another, just how will travel journeys be like in 2035? What do you think?