I sometimes feel like I collect other people's travel horror stories. It's not done on purpose or in a sadistic manner but rather as a learning curve. For years I would watch magazine shows on exotic, interesting locations and take note of what the local guides recommended and warned against. So when one woman was telling me about her mostly wasted trip to Greece -- todays of which she spent jet lagged -- I thought about you my fellow Jetsetters and how many of you might have gone through the same.
While I plan trips along with my sight-seeing itinerary I have sleep. If you're also trying to find a balance between your travel plans this festive season and getting all important sleep then this might nudge you in the right direction.
During my late high school years and first two university years my friends and I were always planning crazy road trips. We'd get into a car and just go, especially during the June holidays; this is where I honed my sleeping while in transit skills.
In this post The Domestic Goddess wrote about the astounding statistic of about 37% people falling asleep while driving! 37% is quite a big number and sleepiness is a dangerous mind state to be in while driving. If you're going to be on a road trip I highly recommend taking turns driving and relaxing; cars are no place to be sleeping, which is why I also advise taking a break and sleeping over in a B&B if you find one on the road. If there are no B&Bs on our route then pulling into a safe garage and stretching and refueling for an hour or so should also relieve any feeling of fatigue you might be experiencing. Sleep starvation while driving is dangerous to both you and other road users.
If you are lucky enough to be driven commonly referred to as traveling by bus then all you have to do is bring a comfy pillow and take relaxing and rejuvenating power naps as you need them, I'm pro-power naps!
When traveling by plane long distance and to a destination with a different time zone the plane is the best place to start your trip on a good foot. Keeping your body clock in tune with the time zone of your destination is one way to avoid the fatigue and jet lag that almost always marks the first few hours (even days) after landing. Stretch and walk around the aisles while still on the plane, limit the amount of alcohol you drink, stay hydrated and nap, nap, nap!
When you reach your destination, whether by car, bus or plane, sleep well on your Sealy bed and then enjoy the morning after.