Traveling is no doubt a fun and rich experience, especially when it is to get away from the buzz of city and work. You get to know and go through differing cultures, more than ever for overseas trips.
Nevertheless, during your journey, it is to be expected that you will undergo jet lag, and it is not a good occurrence at all when you only have a few days to tour the place. Jet lag happens when you fly to a different time zone (from west to east or vice versa). A technique to this would be to practice and adjust your sleeping pattern before your trip. If you are going west, doze an hour later than your bedtime and an hour before if you are going east. Have a good sleep as well. It pays that you are also fit and healthy always but most of all ahead of your travel. Being in good physical shape can help you recover from jet lag quicker so that you can enjoy the rest of your days in your destination. Eat a light and well balanced meal and drink water on the day of your flight. You can even set up the time on your phone or watch to the time of the country you are going to and attune to it.
In reserving your hotel, check if they have blackout blinds in their rooms. This may seem trivial for others but this is actually pretty major. It is necessary to have window blinds because they can help you have a smooth and good sleep, particularly after arriving and sightseeing. It blocks unwanted light from the sun and other light sources from the outside so you will not be disturbed at all. But if you have not look into blinds, the best you can do is to bring your own essentials like an eye mask, ear plugs and a pillow and/or blanket you are most comfortable in so you are still able to snooze well. These things can aid you on your time on the airplane too.
Unfamiliarity and newness can bring some kind of anxiety to some people. May it be the shock from culture or language, but prior to traveling and even in the planning process, you have to research and acquaint yourself with your prospect place’s background or way of life. You can search online for information or buy books at the local bookstore. It is basic for a traveler to study even the fundamentals of, say, language of that city or country.
In actuality, as you travel, your mind will be your biggest enemy. If you think, “I’m tired. I will just sleep,” your body will follow. But if you go, “I’m worn out but I love traveling and I can survive this,” you are opening yourself to adventure. Though of course, if the body cannot really take it anymore, then do not push it. Nevertheless, traveling needs utmost preparation and planning. Your mind, body and even heart should be alert and active so that you can get the most out of your stay in your dream destination.