Okay, so this is totally random, and perhaps borderline too much information, but…
I’m constantly on the road (or in the air, I suppose), and nowadays a majority of my flying is longhaul. While I fly 400,000+ miles per year, I don’t actually fly that many segments, at least proportionally. That’s a blessing, because I find shorthaul domestic flying to be significantly more exhausting than longhaul international flying.
However, lately I’ve been doing a lot of international travel. A lot…
I’ve written posts in the past about signs that you know you’re flying too much and signs that you’re staying at hotels too much, but I have something very specific that happens to me whenever I fly too much.
Whenever I’m flying too much for too long of a period, my fingernail cuticles start to peel a little and hurt. I know this is random as heck, but for the life of me I can’t figure out why. It’s a consistent thing. I feel like it has to do with how dry pressurized cabins are, along with the frequency with which I wash my hands on planes, and the impact of the rough paper towels and the soap. I don’t know. But whenever I fly 20,000+ miles over the course of several days, it inevitably happens.
My body clock is sufficiently screwed up that I don’t really have many other tell-tale signs that I’ve flown too much. For example, nowadays going to bed at 7PM is just normal for me, and not a sign that I’m jetlagged. Heck, perhaps my schedule is the opposite of others’ — if I’m staying up till midnight, that means I must be really jetlagged!
Anyone else have weird things that happen to them when they fly too much?