How To Handle With Time Differences When Traveling

Traveling is a great way to get away from the buzzing headaches of the big city and experience cultures that are so different and sometimes bizarre, than your own - it is astonishing! But traveling is often associated with some ruddy unpleasantnesses that can be quite infuriating if you are a first time traveler. One of those nasties of travel is the fact that if you are visiting some far away land (like China for instance), chances are that you will be stepping in a different timezone as well.

This is can be quite detrimental to both your internal and external clock alike, making your body and mind quite uncomfortable and generally not well. Let's say you live in Germany (GMT + 1 hour) and you wish to travel to let's say, Thailand (GMT + 7 hours), which means that there are 6 hours difference in time between the two points. Imagine having to go to bed at noon, or having to wake up in the middle of the night. Now imagine having to actually 'do something' while you are in that state of discombobulation, because after all you are on vacation (or god forbid a business trip). So anyway you will be quite busy, and generally should not be the subject the sandman's sweet embrace.

Thus I have prepared for you a simple, yet easy to follow guide as to the best way to handle time differences when traveling.

Trick Your Brain

The trick to tricking your brain is as follows. First of all figure out where you want to go, or have to go in some cases. Figure out the time difference in terms of hours and adjust your watch accordingly. If you prefer smartphones over wrist watches then you should download an application that allows you to change your time in accordance to GPS information or manual change of time zones etc.

Once you have done all that, you can proceed to treating your every day life like you are already over at that other place, only you are not actually changing venue. This way you will prepare your body to cope with the changing environment and what have you. If you have enough time beforehand, you can even go as far as adjusting your sleeping schedule as well. I know that is kind of weird going to bed at noon, but if you have the opportunity and the time to do a little experimentation, feel free to take a short nap, just to see how you feel.

Changing your eating patters will add a slight benefit to your overall performance as well. Eating at inappropriate times can cause confusion and discombobulation among your friends and family, but it is the only way you can adjust your eating habits without actually experiencing hunger/overeating later on. Fact of the matter is that a healthy snack every now and again will promote healthy eating habits when traveling to some far out location.

The Sun

You will be amazed just how much the sun influences our daily activities. For example, when the sun is not present in our field of vision, the brain releases a chemical molecule known as melatonin, which is actively responsible for going to sleep. Try to simulate the presence and the lack of the sun when appropriate. For example if you take a nap at noon (which would simulate going to bed at like 01:00 AM in china!), close your shutters all the way and pull down your curtains as well. If you could make your room pitch black that would be for the best. On the other hand you can simulate the sensation of a sun with a strong,l florescent light or a projector of some sort. This will stop the production of melatonin, even if it is pitch black outside!

AuthorBio: Jack is a travel blogger. He is a marketing expert and the founder of deep clean camden town. He loves to spend his weekends away from the buzz of the city.