With summer in full swing, and elections out of the way, people are off on holiday !

Some will be travelling by car, some by rail, and some flying!

Having a break and a great holiday is vital for sanity these days. But travelling in itself can be a bit tiring, and when out in the sun one can get heat exhaustion, aching legs and headaches or sick feeling.

Recently, there have been scares about getting deep vein thrombosis on long flights.

Personally I think stiff backs and neck ache, or muscle cramp in the calf are more common given the squashed space in the economy class on the aircraft.

So what can you do to have a comfortable and less tiring journey?

Firstly, start with a cool head and a smile your face. Leave all your worries behind.

Resolve to have a good time. You deserve Nothing matters except your enjoyment and safety. Whatever happens, don't despair or panic.

Drink a cup of fresh ginger and lemon balm tea, or lemon and honey before you start. I make my Indian chai with crushed root ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg , black pepper, mint, cardamom and tea leaves boiled in water.

Next I add two teaspoonfuls of sugar and a touch of milk. So you can try it too. a perfect drink to give you an energising start to your journey.

Take some of the same mix of powdered herbs with you on holiday. When you need cup of chai, just add a quarter teaspoonful cup of ordinary tea. Have a cup every two to three hours.

It will instantly revive you from fatigue during your travels.

The chai mixture is also good for the relief mild headaches, nausea, indigestion, and cramp.

Gentle exercise is rejuvenating while travelling and can perk you up when you feel sluggish. flying, try to get off the seat and stroll about frequently even just to look out of the window near the flight attendant's cabin.

Fold your hands behind your head and give your neck and back a good stretch.

Cross one leg over the other and massage sole, foot and calf with moderate pressure stroking upwards with thumbs.

Squeeze the calf and lower leg in gentle strokes.

Gently thumping your lower back, buttocks and thigh muscles relieves stiffness and fatigue.

Give yourself a brisk head massage with finger tips all over your scalp. Don't worry about the others!

Avoid too much alcohol, drink a lot of water. A well hydrated body and brain fed with glucose and vitamin C is less fatigued and will always make you feel energised.

Learn to relax. Close your eyes, take a deep slow breath in through the nose, hold it for few seconds and breathe out slowly through the mouth.

Enjoy your journey.