5 anatomical changes to make travel easier

Long legs

Travelling to faraway places will always provide us with exhilarating moments. These are the ones that we use to make our friends and family green with envy on our return home. But a trip of any reasonable length will rarely pass without those times when our happy disposition has a day off (or at the very least takes a nap for a few hours).

We’ve all been there, whether it’s feeling nauseous on a long bus journey, getting annoyed at the selfishness of another traveller or just sick and tired of an absence of anything vaguely familiar. Sadly there is usually nothing we can do other than grit our teeth and ride out the bad times.

Have you ever stopped to think however that evolution could have given us a helping hand by now? Surely with all the changes that the human body has undergone to adapt to our environment, we could have undergone some anatomical adaptations that would make our travel experience a more pleasant one?

Here are five suggestions on how our lives could be so much easier with a little evolutionary assistance:

1. Retractable legs

Having long legs is generally great. You can reach the top of cupboards with no need to stand on a chair and you can see what’s going when there’s a big crowd in front of you. But on a plane it’s miserable. What if we were able to just pull a lever and shorten our legs by twelve inches? It would make a long flight far more comfortable and perhaps we would even be more tolerant of those selfish folks who insist on reclining at any opportunity.

2. Instant translation capabilities

Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t want everyone speaking English; what a dull world that would be. No, it would be far better if whenever people spoke to us in their native language, we were instantly able to understand them and reply back in their tongue. Surely all that’s required to make this relatively simple adaptation is a minor tweak somewhere in the brain?

3. Iron gut

One of the greatest pleasures of travel is without doubt the opportunity to try weird and wonderful food to which we’ve never been previously exposed. On the other hand the low point of many a trip is the time when we don’t dare venture more than three steps from the bathroom. Wouldn’t it be great if we were able to instantly adapt our digestive and immune systems to match those of the locals? We would be able to drink the local water, eat anything we see in the markets and never have to worry about the repercussions.

4. In-built deodorant

On many a trip we have those times when we don’t wash for days. It’s usually while camping, either on a long hike or when visiting very remote places. Sometimes a stream offers us the chance to wash and freshen up, at other times in very cold places getting undressed becomes such an ordeal that we avoid it at all costs. How useful would it be if we could have deodorising armpits, or sweat glands that released a pleasant pot pourri odour when required to do so?

5. An on/off switch

I would swap all of the above for this one. On a long flight or bus journey, imagine if we could just flick a switch and go into ‘hibernate mode’, where we drop into a comfortable sleep for 12 hours or however long we need to and then wake up again fully refreshed when we need to get back on our feet. All those tortuous night buses and red-eye flights would become easy in an instant.

What would you add to the list of anatomical changes that could ease your travel experience?

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10 Responses to “5 anatomical changes to make travel easier”

  1. Good points there Andy. Yup a larger bladder would be handy on long bus journeys. Plus self massaging feet could help too…

    December 5, 2011 at 11:59 am
  2. Arm extensions for self-application of sun cream to the notorious red triangle on the back…

    December 5, 2011 at 12:06 pm
  3. I’m with you on that last one. Wouldn’t need the first one on long flights as I’d be switched off.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:24 pm
  4. ellie wadsworth #

    I’d go for instant acclimatizatation to high altitudes – so I don’t miss out on the best skiing in the highest glaciers!

    December 5, 2011 at 12:52 pm
  5. Red #

    Giant bladder definitely. How about an in built lie detector and sixth sense, to know when you are being ripped off or that cab driver its overcharging in the local currency.

    December 5, 2011 at 1:28 pm
  6. Great list. I think some folks already posses the genes for 3 and 5. But to do something about it is too much like “A Brave New World” for my liking.
    I’d like to know where to get those carrots that gave RAF pilots perfect night vision. Provided of course they are organic, locally grown, in season and that the farmer received a fair price for them. Then I could hike and snowboard in the middle of a powder night without anyone else tracking out the fresh snow.

    December 5, 2011 at 1:54 pm
  7. Rick #

    “those selfish folks who insist on reclining at any opportunity….”

    I do not agree. With your airfare, you receive a seat that has the ability recline. Your use of the feature does not constitute selfishness in any way.

    December 5, 2011 at 4:00 pm
  8. What a amusing and entertaining blog. It made me laugh and think. When I know what I would add I will let you know.

    December 5, 2011 at 4:16 pm
  9. Some great suggestions here – thanks to everyone for your contributions, we have a list of more than 10 already.
    Rick, the topic of reclining seats is a strong one that I guess will never be solved until airlines either remove the recline function, or better still make the seats recline in a way that uses up the recliner’s space rather than that of the poor innocent behind them.
    Special thanks to Ellie – because she’s my cousin 🙂

    December 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm
  10. Hello

    Great post – I could definitely do with a few anatomical changes

    mine would be A built in Zippo Lighter – I will never have to get all Tom Hanks with two sticks again.

    also the on/off switch may be handy for the Boss when i need a little mid afternoon siesta.

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    December 21, 2011 at 4:00 pm