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SECRET TRAVELER

Ill on my travels

I’ve been pretty good at staying healthy even when the tempo is high. It's a case of avoiding alcohol, timing it so you can sleep on the flight and taking power naps whenever you get the chance. But sometimes, none of this helps.

Last Friday I concluded a ten-day trip that took me to Stockholm, Barcelona, Tokyo and Sydney before going back to London via Stockholm. I’ll explain more in my next post, but from a health perspective everything went really well until I reached Sydney. I went straight to work and did what I needed to do and then went to a working dinner/party in the evening. That was OKish, but later that night I woke with a 40-degree fever, chest pains and a sore throat. My first thought was:

“OK, 30 hours until boarding for Europe, get better”.

I took some painkillers and fever reducing medication and managed to go back to sleep, and in principle, slept straight through to the following evening. The only time I woke up was at 5 o'clock local time when I got a conference call that I had thought was for seven o’clock local time. I was, despite just having woken up and being full of fever, totally OK in the meeting, I think. There were 3–4 people (including the boss) participating from the client's side, and two of my colleagues, so it was just as well it wasn't a video call. 

‘“Why do I unpack or pack every day. I love my apartment, so why am I never homeWhen will I next be able to sit down and stare at the wall for a while?’

To hospital
By 8pm I still didn't feel any better and started to worry about my flight the following morning. I called Amex (travel insurance) and asked them to find a doctor who could visit me in the hotel, but in the end I went to hospital for loads of tests and checks for blood clots as I had been on plenty of long haul flights recently. Plus, I felt some aches and pains in one leg and my ribcage (I stressed that it was probably just muscular pain from the fever, but better safe than sorry). It proved to be tonsillitis. I was given antibiotics intravenously and the all clear to fly.

So, back to the hotel, pack, out to the airport and pick up my prescription. Then check in and go to the Air New Zealand lounge (really nice). Followed by a long flight to Bangkok that became even longer as we stopped in Darwin to drop off a sick passenger (Please note: Not me. Please note 2: Yours truly made it). That flight was otherwise very good. Thai first class. Obviously sad not being able to drink vintage Champers or a drink, but really wonderful to get a screened off bed when you fly with a high fever. The eight-hour stopover in Bangkok became five but I still managed to watch a stream of my favorite soccer team winning a match 2-0.

Falling down moment
Then 11 hours to Stockholm in Business. I slept really well on that flight, too. The sweet cabin crew on the Sydney flight had given me an extra pair of first class pajamas as they lamented the fact that I was forced to fly business to Stockholm, as there was no first class on that flight.

“Oh you poor thing, no first class available?” (I would just like to say here that I genuinely think business class is also the height of luxury). I fell asleep straight after dinner and woke up an hour or so before landing. Woke up virtually fever free. YES! 

Back in Stockholm I had an hour till my next flight to London. I was due to meet the pal who was going to visit me over the weekend. Managed to rebook so we were on the same flight. So nice! We had a relaxing weekend in London and I felt well apart from a very sore throat. However, it's now Wednesday morning and I’m about to go traveling again. Spain and Stockholm. Back Saturday morning. Yesterday evening I really couldn't find my passport and then got one of those falling down moments when I get so fed up with all the tearing around.

“Why do I unpack or pack every day. I love my apartment, so why am I never home? When will I next be able to sit down and stare at the wall for a while?”

Also become a bit panicky that I’m not going to have a whole unbroken week at home for maybe another three months. I eventually found my passport and am now writing this on the plane and everything feels OK again. I mostly have a ridiculously fun time.

Good advice down under

Free healthcare in Australia with a Swedish passport 

Unlucky with Go tickets

The few times I book Go tickets, I almost always need to rebook/cancel them. Never fails. Such as with the flight this morning. Plus, it's cheaper in the long run for me.

June 21, 2018

Secret Traveler

Age: 31
EuroBonus level: Diamond
No. of times around the world by air: 20
Total time in the air per year: 1,6 weeks (3%)
No. of countries visited: 34
Most frequent destinations: ARN, LHR/LCY, OSL, DPS
Favorite destination: The Ligurian coast
Never leaves home without: Noise Canceling Headphones (Bose QC35) and Passport

I’m an entrepreneur in Europe with the entire world as my workplace. It’s lucky I love traveling as I spend much of my working day on the move as well as my leisure time - there’s so much to see and new people to meet.

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