Over the next few weeks, My Vacation Lady‘s will be headed out to destinations near and far as summer vacation and honeymoon season begins.
Taking a 3 or 4 hour flight within the same time zone usually doesn’t cause any problems with jet lag but what about our honeymooners heading to Fiji? They are leaving the east coast in mid afternoon and landing first in Los Angeles. From LA, they board their 10 1/2 hour flight to Fiji. So if they leave Monday afternoon, they arrive Wednesday before 6am. It’s not that they are traveling for 36 hours- it’s just that they are passing the international dateline.
What about our clients heading to Europe. They are departing from the East Coast in the evening and arriving the next morning at their European destination. Some feel that this is an easier transition IF you can sleep on the plane.
But here are 5 ways to combat jet lag.
1. WATER— drink plenty of it and don’t be tempted to drink coffee, tea or sodas with caffeine.
2. STAY AWAKE when you get to your destination. Sleep on the plane (relatively easy to do if you have a red eye- like going to Europe or Fiji) and then try to stay awake as long as possible. DON’T take a nap once you arrive. You need to adjust to local time. So if you are heading out to Hawaii, you might leave the NYC area at 10am and arrive in Honolulu at 4pm (their time). It’s really going to be 10pm EST. Walk around, have a light bite to eat and try to stay awake as late as possible. (This is the major reason that we suggest going to visit Pearl Harbor or Biking down Haleakala on the day after you arrive)
3. CHANGE your watch to local time while you are on the plane. Does it physically help? Probably not but it might be able to mentally prepare you.
4. EXPECT to have some jet lag. While you may be super excited to go on vacation, keep in mind that crossing multiple time zones or even the international date line will play havoc on your body’s natural sleep rhythm.
5. DON”T head back to work the next day. Give yourself a bit of time to get back to your time zone. Give yourself a couple of days, if possible, to recover.
While we can’t help prevent jet lag, My Vacation Lady can help plan a stress free and seamless vacation or honeymoon. Contact us to see how our personal approach to vacation and honeymoon planning can make all the difference in your next travel experience!