Traveling is rewarding, but we’ve all experienced the dreaded jet lag. You’ve crossed time zones and suddenly your entire internal clock is off kilter. If traveling by plane, it’s likely you haven’t slept much if at all, not to mention your diet being sabotaged by airplane food. Whether coming or going, it can feel like you’re in a haze and often the first inclination is to crawl under the covers to sleep it off.
Rick Steves host of the PBS series “Rick Steves Europe,” once said that jet lag hated fresh air and exercise. This couldn’t be more true. It’s advisable to go easy on yourself the first day or so, but rather than check into your hotel to get shut-eye in the middle of the day, get moving and follow the local time. Adjusting your watch BEFORE you arrive can help also.
Nothing can throw off your digestion more than travel. It’s not surprising considering you’ve either gone several hours without eating, or you’re faced with unfamiliar cuisine. Although airlines have restrictions on what can be brought on board, you can still pack travel-friendly foods that don’t require refrigeration allowing you to eat at your regular times without finding yourself starving and making poor food choices. If you’re traveling to a foreign country it’s a good idea to research your options so you can know what to expect. This is especially important for those on special diets such as Celiac.
Finally, allow yourself to rest. Going to bed and rising at your normal time does wonders to regulate your system, and provides the energy needed to enjoy your visit. Who wants to be strolling along the French Riviera in a daze right?
You’ve earned your vacation. Make the most of it by following these simple tips to savor the experience!