Saturday, 20 August 2016

KLM Launch World's First On-Tap Draught Beer - Comment

Special circumstances require special measures, and although flying at 36,000 feet doesnt seem particularly different or special, the truth is, it is a rather unique environment. It is not the kind of environment to encourage the consumption of the worlds first on tap draught beer at altitude. If this kind of first continues it will end up doing more harm to the flying public than good, heres why.

Of late we have seen a continued trend aimed at easing the plight of the traveler throughout the aviation industry. It has come in the guise of technological advancement of the planes. The airport and baggage infrastructure that runs in the background, designed to make travel seamless and even the quality of sustenance served on-board (draught beer is NOT sustenance!)  This trend has gradually changed focus from infrastructure enhancements to people-centered enhancements. Recent surveys point to a growing trend of wellness centered initiatives to make flying healthier, it is hard to square this circle of health inspired solutions for travelers by introducing draught beer.

When you travel as much as some productive frequent flyers traipsing the globe, the watch word becomes efficiency, how can I get from A to B and do a good job with the least expenditure of energy on my part. Efficiency these days includes health amongst other factors. Flyers would do well to note that draught beer in no way enhances their efficiency as travelers. On the contrary, it will probably encourage the conditions that lead to jet lag.

Apart from the brutal reality of what airline travel does to the body we also have to consider the messages we are sending out when we embrace an innovation like this as progress.

1.    We are saying drinking at altitude is a good thing even though the barometric pressure is different than sea-level and causes intoxication more rapidly.
2.    We are encouraging anti-social behavior at altitude when people indulge in too much of a good thing.(Not to mention the problems of policing alcohol in the lounge before boarding).
3.    We are shifting the burden of responsibility to airline crew to police drinkers in a confined space with possible dangerous implications for everyone on the flight, air rage for whatever reason is still with us, we do not need to put more tools within reach of misbehaving or disgruntled travelers.

Draught beer belongs in your pub not at 36,000 feet.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Farewell Jet Lag Readers Guide

Hi Everybody,

This is a quick post, a 5 minute guide to getting the best from my book Farewell Jet Lag - Cures from A Flight Attendant available now on Amazon UK and Amazon USA. 

Like the headline says, the link below leads to a guide on how to read the book for the best results you are after, depending on the type of frequent flyer you are.

Your comments are welcome below.

ClickE HERE  to go to the readers guide.

Wherever You Go P.H.A.R.E Well

Till next time

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Wireless wake-up call | Jeromy Johnson | TEDxBerkeley2016

The truth, aka the damaging effects of Wifi are now taking on a momentum

of their own. In light of the facts can airlines, schools and other institutions

really argue about its safety in its current form? Watch for yourself

Do you recognise the dangers? What do you do to mitigate them.

Comment below

Monday, 30 November 2015

The Frequent Flyer Guide to Beating Jet Lag

Farewell Jet Lag, Cures from a Flight Attendant
Farewell Jet Lag, Cures from a Flight Attendant
At a time when globalisation and technology make the world smaller; when it really matters, nothing beats being there yourself. In business and in pleasure presence is where it's at but you can't fly halfway around the world and be fully present if you're jet-lagged.

Solving the challenges of jet lag requires mastering the challenges of flying frequently and doing it well repeatedly without burnout or doing any harm to yourself so you can arrive fresh and ready for whatever the journey may hold. This book is an ultimate guide for you to do it the right way. Written from experience and a true interest in developing a healthy conversation about jet lag from an aviation insider.

Available on and and all good book stores. 
Find out more here

Wherever You Go P.H.A.R.E. Well 

Friday, 18 September 2015

Guest Blog - Don't Let the Long Haul Flight Take Away from Your Wellness Holiday

We all want to make the most of our holidays,
here are some tips you will find useful to do just that,
please add your own and share -

Travel tips for healing holidays

Retreat - Relax - Refocus

2015 is nearly done !

Friday, 11 September 2015

Travel Wellness - Why Companies and Traveling Employees Need to Know the Difference from Corporate Wellness

Corporate wellness is a hot topic with healthcare costs rising, and rates for cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity increasing. In fact, corporate wellness services have exploded into a $2 billion industry.

Corporate wellness programs focus on reducing employer healthcare costs by encouraging employees to make healthy lifestyle choices. Incentives, in-house facilities, and education are the key components of corporate wellness programs. Incentives include rewards for employees participating in a wellness program, achieving certain health outcomes or metrics, or progress towards desired health outcomes such as, a targeted blood pressure, cholesterol, weight or body mass index (BMI) reading. These incentives or rewards include reduced insurance premiums, cash/gift cards, or contributions to health savings accounts.

While corporate wellness programs tend to focus on promoting general healthy lifestyle choices, they don’t specifically address the unique environment of business travelers—the regular aircraft, car, train, hotel, and restaurant environment that change the dynamics and negatively impact the business traveler if not properly managed. If cost savings is the name of the game in corporate wellness then perhaps a closer look at corporate business travel is needed.

The cost of corporate wellness programs is estimated to increase to $594 per employee as employers recognize the importance of investing in preventative health initiatives.

$594 is often less than one round-trip domestic or international airline ticket

2 times more than the average daily US travel per diem, and 1.6 times the average international daily travel per diem

Less than the $662 of financial costs due to travel related stress per trip.

Corporate Business Travel Environment

Corporate business travel, on the other hand, is a $274 billion industry because business success requires travel.[i] There are an estimated 30 to 40 million business travelers in the US alone. Nearly 30 percent of the American working adult population is at much higher risk for cancer and overall poor health simply because travel is part of their job description and business travel increases a person’s physical stress load by about 12 percent.[ii] In addition to the health risks, frequent business travelers experience 20 percent less productivity due to jet lag.

Business travelers often have less time to recover from travel related stress, which leads to “brain fog” and near-term and long-term illness.  For pilots and cabin crew jet lag or fatigue results in safety risks. Type A personalities may not want to admit that criss-crossing time zones to close multi-million dollar deals exacts a toll on every aspect of their functioning from judgment and decision-making, to reaction time, and ability to communicate.

In Travel Stress Index: The Hidden Costs of Business Travel, Carlson Wagonlit concluded that business travelers lose an average of 6.9 hours due to travel related stress, and that the financial cost of such loss of time amounts to $662 per trip. The 22 factors they measured were mostly logistical such as time to get to the airport, clearing immigration, lack of Internet service, flying economy, and delays. The #1 time and financial drain is associated with lost baggage. [iii]

But what about the health of the business traveler?

AirPlus International, the leading travel payment services company, conducted a travel wellness survey, or what they call a traveller productivity study, on their traveling employees to address the health impact of travel related stress. The study revealed that business travelers get on average 21 minutes less sleep then non-business travelers, which leads to 12 percent less stress-related recovery time, which lowers productivity and increases the risk of illness and disease. Twenty-one minutes of lost sleep may not seem like a lot, but physiologically it is wreaking havoc on these travelers.[iv]

The business traveler is subject to a different environment than the non-travelling employee. This unique environment includes dehydration in an aircraft cabin traveling at a cruising altitude of 30,000 feet, time zone changes, limited physical activity, suboptimal sleep environments, and predominantly unhealthy food options. This makes the business traveler population unique when it comes to thinking about individual and corporate wellness programs.

How is travel wellness different from general wellness?

Frequent business travel is a lifestyle fostered by the employer. This is perhaps the number one difference from the lens of a corporate wellness program. Through corporate wellness programs employers try to manage general lifestyle and health habits that are often outside the workplace, even though more people are spending more time working at the office or remotely then ever before.

Corporate wellness programs assume that people have control over their environment and can engage in routine activities. Frequent business travelers have the exact opposite of a routine lifestyle. They are constantly on the go, which creates lack of certainty around diet and exercise habits. Even if employees travel regularly, there is nothing routine about sleeping in different beds, and different times and within different time zones, and inevitable delays that derail the best laid intentions and plans. Travelers feel the most stressed in situations they can’t control. Frequent business travel is a lifestyle for which many people are unprepared. Travel wellness is not part of business, MBA, or any other university training that prepares people for the workforce.

How does a travel wellness program differ from a corporate wellness program?

The major difference between a corporate wellness program and a travel wellness program is the operating environment. Travel wellness focuses on specific travel-related environments that physically impact employees, encourage certain behaviors such as unhealthy eating choices, limit quality sleep, and increase the average physical stress load of individuals under normal working conditions. See Table 1.
By requiring frequent travel, employers are creating the environment for negative health consequences, unless they proactively help employees manage it. A travel wellness program can be a subset of a corporate wellness program if one already exists. Individual departments, such as sales, IT, and product development with large travel budgets and numerous traveling employees can also implement a travel wellness program. While individuals can undertake their own travel wellness planning, companies will reap the rewards of rolling out a company-wide travel wellness program.
A travel wellness program has three parts:
  1. This includes eating right on the road, exercise, increasing energy, healthy flying, sleep, stress management, self-care, and immune system strengthening.
  2. Much like health metrics for corporate wellness programs, there are specific metrics that measure the health of the business traveler and her ability to manage the travel-related stress to reduce risk of illness and disease. Incentives are focused on an employee’s antioxidant score, which measures immune system strength, body alkalinity, which measures an employee’s ability to neutralize the physical effects of a dehydrated aircraft environment, and heart rate, which measures physical stress load and ability to recover from travel-related stress. The incentives can be similar to those already offered by corporate wellness programs such as reduction in insurance premiums, contribution to health savings plans, and gift cards to healthy places or products for meeting these baseline metrics. More specifically, a travel wellness incentive can include a new travel expense category such as a reimbursed exercise studio day pass (including yoga and Pilates). A really progressive company may even tie the incentives to vacation time.
  3. The easiest way for employees to adopt travel wellness best practices is for employers to provide them with a list of recommended or preferred restaurants, hotels, or airlines that support travel wellness objectives and meet company expectations and travel wellness criteria for healthy food, exercise, and stress and sleep management.
During the Great Recession, many companies required employees to do more with less and increased workloads and stress. A travel wellness program will also need to look at the demands and expectations placed on business travelers in addition to the unique travel environment to be comprehensive.
If corporate business travel is more than 200 times the size of corporate wellness, then a travel wellness program should provide more than 200 times the cost savings.

For more information on travel wellness visit

The Difference Between Corporate Wellness and Travel Wellness
Corporate WellnessTravel Wellness
Environment: more routine between home and office or employees who telecommute.Environment: dynamic, constantly changing. The aircraft environment for example is unique and causes physical stress.
Incentives are focused on rewards for participating in a wellness program, achieving certain health outcomes or metrics, or progress towards desired health outcomes such as, a targeted blood pressure, cholesterol, weight or body mass index (BMI) reading. These incentives or rewards include reduced insurance premiums, cash/gift cards, or contributions to health savings accounts.Incentives are focused on specific travel related defenses such as immune system strength which can be measured by an antioxidant score) and alkalinity which measures ability to manage a dehydrated aircraft environment, or heart rate which measures physical stress load. Incentives can also be created for enrolling in a travel wellness coaching program.
In-house facilities such as gyms, meditation rooms, yoga studio.Recommendations for hotels, airlines and restaurants that support travel wellness objectives.
Education that promotes healthy lifestyle choices—eating habits, exercise, stress management, etc.Education on travel wellness choices—eating habits, exercise, increasing energy, healthy flying, stress management, self-care, strengthening immune system.
Cost: per employeeCost of corporate travel: per trip
 Source: Global Business Traveler Wellness Associates

 About the Authors

Christopher: Christopher Babayode is an expert in healthy flying as the “Go To Person” for healthy jet lag solutions for frequent fliers. Having logged over 15,000 flying hours over 16 years with British Airways – an airline with one of the most extensive networks in the world. As a flight attendant, frequent flier, nutritional therapist and British Airways Wellbeing and Inclusions Advisor Christopher’s expertise comes from the practice of nutritional therapy and hands on knowledge of working with frequent fliers in the aviation industry on long and short haul for over a decade.

Natasha L├ęger is an international trade attorney turned global strategy consultant to start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. She is Founder and President of ITF Advisors, a strategy advisory firm and co-Founder and Editor of LBx  Journal,  a location intelligence magazine. Natasha is passionate about living a healthy, happy life while being a road warrior, and is author of Travel Healthy: A Road Warrior’s Guide to Eating Healthy.

Jayne McAllister combines over 20 years of business travel with her passion for teaching long-lasting healthy habits to frequent travelers. Jayne has appeared on Fox News Channel and ABC in her capacity as a travel wellness expert, as well as in numerous magazines and on national radio.  She is the founder of the Business Travel Wellness Conference; creator of and an ambassador for Jayne graduated from Cambridge University and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

[i] 2014 Business Travel Survey, Business Travel News, May 26, 2014, p.22.
ii Catherine A. Richards, Andrew G. Rundle. Business Travel and Self-rated Health, Obesity, and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2011;
[iii] Travel Stress Index: The Hidden Costs of Business Travel, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, 2013.
[iv] AirPlus Traveller Productivity, Whitepaper, December 3, 2013.