Few things foil ambitious travel plans as commonly as jet lag. Over the years, scientists have experimented with a slew of solutions to mixed results: Jet lag is, after all, a multi-faceted juggernaut that no one thing, except time, can cure.
Would you board an airplane knowing you had the flu? Would you worry about possibly infecting other passengers or airline crew? The decision whether or not to fly when you're sick is complicated because it's influenced by a number of factors.
These things aren't obvious and generally ran against my initial assumptions. If you're planning a similar trip abroad, these might save you some trouble. If you're not, they might (hopefully) whet the palate.
"Have you gotten your shots? The question is not as bratty as it sounds. There are a handful of places on earth you literally can't visit without getting vaccinated, and a wide array of countries where a few recommended shots could be the difference between a dream vacay and a medevac.
With a little foresight, and by following these simple guidelines, you'll be better able to stay safe and healthy, no matter your destination this busy holiday season -- whether you're in India or somewhere much closer to home.