Jet Lag and Travelling Blues

Holla my dear friends and readers of the blog!

I am back from my month long travel in South East Asia and I have many many stories to tell! This means, yes there will be lots of blogs and vlogs coming your way over the next couple of weeks. Sam and I will share stories of our adventures, some tips/tricks we’ve learned along the way, things that we did, food that we ate, and much more. And of course, stay tuned to the youtube channel for videos and vlogs to come soon:Β Travelling Foodie Youtube Channel. If you haven’t subscribed yet, please do!

For now, I am trying to recover from my jet lag. Quite surprisingly, this is actually the worst case of jet lag that I’ve had (or remembered) over my travels the past however many years. It’s been really hard for me to not nap in the middle of the day and then not sleep early. As a result, I wake up SUPER early – I think the earliest being 4:30 am this past week. It’s gotten better though, I have managed to sleep till 6:00 am this morning (only waking up once!) and well it’s 9:00 pm and I’m still awake so that’s a good sign! A couple of suggestions that I’ve picked up over the past couple of years with jet lag: 1) If you’re going on a long flight (ours was 15.5 hours), make sure you try timing your flight with your sleep schedule. What do I mean by that? Well for me, I don’t sleep a wink on the plane, so I know that I will not be asleep whatsoever. On this flight home from Kuala Lumpur (unplanned), we actually start at 10:00am KL time and by the time we get back to Toronto, it would be 8pm Toronto time. This is perfect because I will be super exhausted from not sleeping on the plane and then sleep at a reasonable time when I get back. This helps so much resetting the sleeping schedule. If you’re the type of person that is the complete opposite than me and is completely knocked out once you sit down on the plane, two options for you. The first, if you take the same kind of flight mentioned above, I would suggest sleeping in the beginning leg of the flight and keep yourself awake for the last 6+ hours of the flight. This way, you still get some snooze, but leave yourself enough time to get tired again in time for sleep when you land. If not, take an overnight flight where you arrive in the morning! That way, you can sleep for most if not throughout the entire flight and be well rested in time for the next morning back on land!

Okay so 2) Keep yourself occupied and DO NOT NAP. This is my rule of thumb when I come back from long trips, especially Asia. Usually when I go back from say Indonesia, I would have school or work or something the next day. That way, I keep myself preoccupied and get super tired. By the time I’m back home in the evening, I’ll be exhausted and want to go to bed, but at a somewhat more reasonable time! Also, I wouldn’t have napped which means that there is a more likely chance that I’ll sleep through the night and wake up at non-ungodly hour. I find that the times previously that I didn’t have school or anything the next day to keep my mind off the jet lag/lack of sleep/exhaustion, I’d most definitely nap for quite a bit (2+ hours) and that just causes me to sleep late, but still wake up early the next morning, then nap during the afternoon the next, prolonging the cycle. Unfortunately, that is what I did this time! I know that I was not going to be back at work for awhile, I just let myself nap. Bad Kim! So now I wake up at the crack of dawn and can’t get back to sleep. So friends, try keeping yourself awake – go for walks, hang out with a friend, stay away from home or a bed!

So those are two little tricks I’ve learned to combat my jet lag! Let me know if this helps or if any of you have any other suggestions! Hit up the comments sections below πŸ™‚

Other than that, I’ve just had the normal travel blues. I always find that it hits on Day 2, because Day 1 you’re just excited to be home and seeing friends/family. Day 2 hits you and you realize you won’t be going out exploring or trying different foods and then you start longing for that again. The only thing that combat travel blues? Planning the next trip of course!

Stay tuned for more blogs coming soon!

Cheers xo!