10 Essentials for Summer Travel Survival
The discussion of seat reclining doesn't have to be so confrontational if it can be avoided altogether. Though most airlines have monetized the old tall-person tricks of sitting in an exit row or near a bulkhead, TripAdvisor's SeatGuru site can still help passengers find a little extra legroom and avoid seats with reduced shoulder room or cold spots.
A terminal map
If you're going to be stuck during a layover or a delay, it helps to know where the nearest food stand or TGI Friday's is. Either check out your airport's website or visit a site such as Airport Terminal Maps to find restaurants, lounges, showers, nail salons or Wi-Fi hotspots before the panicked masses beat you to them.
An exercise regimen
The folks in coach may be cramped and hunched into ridiculously unnatural positions for hours at a time, but they shouldn't be cowering in fear of blood clots and other foes of the sedentary flier. The American Physical Therapy Association suggests a series of heel raises, toe lifts, ankle circles, overhead stretches and other tight-quarters calisthenics to help take the edge off.
-- Written by Jason Notte in Boston.
>To contact the writer of this article, click here: Jason Notte.
>To follow the writer on Twitter, go to http://twitter.com/notteham.
>To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.