Head to the far-flung sun

Jet lag. Wow, that’s a strange one.


If you’ve ever experienced the weirdness of jet leg, you’ll know what I’m talking about. You’re not sure if you’re on the planet, where you are, what time it is, what day it is, or even what your name is at times. One minute you’ll be up, full of energy, the next you’ll be half asleep stood up.

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I’m not sure whether it’s worse on departure or arrival, I guess it depends on the person, but I always find it worse when I lose time, as it just adds to the sleep deprivation. Its sod’s law that the world’s best destinations are those that are further away, which means crossing time zones and longer flights. This all adds up to a recipe of confusion and jet lag.


It’s worth it, of course it is, because these destinations offer sights and experiences that blow your mind, and will stay with you forever, whereas jet lag will disappear into an unpleasant memory after a day or so.


There are measures we can take to minimise the effects of jet lag, even if we can’t eradicate it altogether. It’s important to make sure you get plenty of sleep before you travel, as starting your long journey half asleep is not going to be the best basis to build on. Make sure you stay hydrated throughout your flight, and by that I’m talking water! Alcohol will only make matters worse, as you’ll be more alert, but also dehydrated as a result. Caffeine is the same, and will impede your sleep when you finally get to your hotel. Keep getting up and walking around, even if it’s just a wander to the toilet. Remember those compression stockings, especially if you’re high risk, as even though they might not be the most attraction fashion accessory in the world, they have health benefits that go completely past fashion.


When you land, it’s important to try and acclimatise as quickly as possible. Sleep when you would normally if you were living in the place you’re in, i.e. if it’s 6pm in your resort, eat your dinner. The same goes for sleep – don’t be tempted to sleep at the time you would at home, you need to pretend you’re living in your paradise destination.


The effects will soon pass, and you’ll be able to get on with enjoying your holiday quicker if you follow this advice. It’s also worth making sure you’re calm and chilled-out before you arrive at the airport, and this part of the holiday isn’t known for calmness! I always book airport parking these days, meaning I can drive myself to the airport, and I don’t have to worry about trains, buses and taxis. DIY airport travel is also cheaper, which is always a great benefit! Wherever you’re flying from, you’ll find facilities for your vehicle, such as Bristol Airport parking from BCP, offered at fantastic rates. I have used Heathrow parking in the past and can’t fault the level of service I received. I’ll certainly be using it again.


Don’t let the worry of jet lag stop you from experiencing some of the world’s best destinations, remember these handy tips and you’ll be out of the fog and firmly into your holiday.