Travelling with varicose veins: embark on your next adventure with confidence

Can I fly with varicose veins? Discover how to keep your legs healthy while travelling and learn valuable tips to prevent varicose veins from dampening your wanderlust.

“I paid for a pre-travel assessment with Michael Gaunt, it was the best money I spent”

Concerned about managing leg cramps and  varicose veins? From long flights to scenic hikes, we’ve got you covered. Read our blog now and start planning your next journey with peace of mind!

Walking barefoot along a beach on holiday
Photo: Lia-Stepanov

Work life balance

So many of us are setting out on new adventures as we regain our work life balance, working remotely or retiring early. The zest for life is multi-generational with retirement no longer seen as an opportunity to slow-down. Baby boomers are into self-care, active holidays, cultural tours, luxury stays and cruises, they are no longer the stay-at-home generation. Far from it.

“Nothing beats the feeling of freedom and the opportunity to see the world”

Embracing adventure at any age! 

Getting older doesn’t mean slowing down. In fact, it can be the perfect time to embrace new adventures and experiences. Whether it’s trekking through the Amazon rainforest, exploring ancient ruins in Greece, or simply relaxing on a pristine beach in the Caribbean, the world is yours to discover.

Now you can plan longer trips, take spontaneous getaways, or pursue hobbies and interests that align with your travel aspirations.

Prioritising Vascular Health

While the allure of travel is undeniable, it’s crucial to pay attention to your vascular health, especially as you age. Vascular conditions, such as varicose veins, can affect individuals of any age but become more prevalent as you get older. Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted veins that often appear blue or dark purple and can cause discomfort, swelling, and aching in the legs.

“I was anxious about flying with painful, lumpy varicose veins” 

Flying with varicose veins: before and after varicose vein treatment by Mr Michael Gaunt.
Photo: Before and after varicose vein treatment by Mr Michael Gaunt

Varicose veins signs and symptoms

Bulging, twisted faulty veins in the lower leg and ankles, allowing blood to travel in the wrong direction.

  • Raised bulging veins on skin
  • Swollen feet and ankles
  • Aching, heavy legs
  • Muscle cramps, twitching in your legs
  • Red or darkened skin over the affected area
  • Blue veins under the skin surface

Tips for travelling with varicose veins

Long hours of sitting during flights or car rides, coupled with dehydration and changes in altitude, can exacerbate vascular issues. Prolonged inactivity can increase the risks of developing DVT, deep vein thrombosis. Therefore, it’s essential to take pro-active steps to care for your vascular health while travelling.

Travelling with varicose veins top tips:

  1. Stay Active: Incorporate regular movement into your travel itinerary. Take breaks during long journeys to stretch your legs, go for short walks, or engage in low-impact exercises like yoga or swimming.
  2. Hydrate: Proper hydration is vital for maintaining healthy blood circulation. Drink plenty of water, especially during flights or in hot climates, to prevent dehydration and reduce the risk of blood clots.
  3. Wear Compression Socks: Compression socks can help improve circulation and alleviate symptoms associated with varicose veins. Wear them during long flights or extended periods of sitting to minimize discomfort and swelling in your legs.
  4. Elevate Your Legs: Whenever possible, elevate your legs to reduce swelling and improve blood flow. Use pillows or footrests to prop up your legs while resting, whether you’re on a plane, train, or in your hotel room.
  5. Choose Comfortable Footwear: Opt for shoes with good arch support and cushioning to minimize strain on your feet and legs. Avoid high heels or tight-fitting shoes, as they can exacerbate circulation issues and contribute to discomfort.
  6. Practise Healthy Habits: Maintain a balanced diet, limit alcohol consumption, and avoid smoking, as these lifestyle factors can impact vascular health. Incorporate nutrient-rich foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins into your meals to support overall wellbeing.

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Pre-travel varicose vein and vascular health assessment

Contact Mr Michael Gaunt, consultant vascular surgeon, for an in-depth review of your varicose veins and vascular health. He will personally answer your concerns, examine your legs, perform a Duplex ultrasound scan and organise a bespoke treatment plan and varicose vein surgery if needed.

Going on holiday when you have painful varicose veins?

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