At some point, everyone has experienced that awful vacation in which the first few days were totally ruined, all in the name of sleep. This can be quite an unpleasant experience for many reasons, such as feeling as though you have wasted a lot of money on a getaway in which you didn’t get the fullest experience. There are methods that you can employ to lessen the impact of jet lag and have a much better, memorable-for-the-right-reasons vacation.
Book a Later Flight
Depending on where you’re traveling, it can dramatically improve your experience if you’re able to book a flight arriving late in the evening at your destination. Most people who have just disembarked from a transatlantic flight want nothing more than to find the nearest bed. If you can arrive between 8:00 and 9:00 p.m., this gives you time to find your accommodations and, when you do, to go directly to bed therefore keeping with your body’s internal clock as best you can.
Include a Layover
Including a stop-over or layover can also work to your benefit. As you’re researching flights, why not check into which ones include an 8- to 12-hour layover? You can check into a hotel, get some rest, complete your journey the following day, and arrive at your destination ready to conquer the sights.
The dry air within the cabin of the plane can dehydrate you, especially on long flights. You should plan to drink at least one glass of water for each hour you are awake on the plane. Staying properly hydrated has many benefits, the least of which is arriving with less jet lag than you would have had without proper hydration.
With proper planning, your vacation can be both fun and exhilarating. Time away from the norm is beneficial for so many reasons, and ensuring that you’re up to the challenge will make your getaway one for the scrapbooks!