Kick Travel Fatigue to the Curb!
What does post-travel fatigue mean for travelers?
Even if it isn’t entirely realistic, there seems to be pressure to arrive picture perfect. Bosses want to have work on their desks first thing when you return. Friends want to hear all about our adventures. And family wants to see you looking good. Everything that comes with returning home adds up to a lot of pressure.
It’s not unheard of, to come back feeling exhausted, stressed out, or down in the dumps. It might not seem easy, but there are some simple ways to beat post-travel fatigue! A lot of what makes a trip stressful is out of our hands, but what we can change is our approach to travel. There are simple changes you can make before, during, and after, travel to come home feeling great! Read on for your maximum anti-fatigue-fighting game plan!
Pre-flight: Travel Fatigue Prevention
Prep for your Departure and Flight
According to a study by the former director of NASA’s Fatigue Countermeasures Program, Mark Rosekind, most get only 5 hours of sleep pre-trip! This study also shows that most lose around 8 hours of sleep while on the road!
That’s the equivalent of pulling an all-nighter or more.
So, before you head out, be sure to get a few extra hours of sleep. We also recommend packing a few sleep items in your carry on.
I like to bring a light blanket, sleep mask, and earplugs. I also wear my Bose noise canceling headphones if I really can’t get some shut-eye!
Look below for the products that I use to make sure I get the best sleep possible! The key is to get some quality sleep before and during your trip to minimize jet-lag.
During Travel – Fatigue Prevention
Back to the Basics: Heathy Habits
During all stages abroad, it’s important to follow healthy habits. While away you might have the temptation to “let it all go,” but it’s better not to.
Be sure to drink extra water since terminals are dry and carrying luggage can make you sweaty!
You should also look to eat foods that are natural and unprocessed.
With the added stress of commuting, it doesn’t make much sense to tax your body further by asking it to digest processed foods.
(Even if junk food is convenient!)
By practicing clean eating, you stack the odds in your favor.
Natural produce is the best way for your body to absorb essential vitamins and minerals.
Picnic Brava Wine & Cheese Set: Amazon
Eating well, will help your body fight off illness and stay active.
Try to take it easy on alcohol and caffeine. I know that both of these drinks seem like essential, but they are hard for your body to processes. The key isn’t to be a dietary saint. Just be mindful of what you are eating and drinking.
Plan your Travel Sleep Schedule
Sleep planning is one of the best ways to prevent and treat travel fatigue.
Before you leave, determine how many time zones you are crossing. Then, plan to either take a nap or stay awake. If you are ” falling forward” I tend to stay awake, while if I’m falling back I try to sleep.
If you want to be precise with your sleep schedule, check out jet lag rooster. Jet lag rooster is a free resource to help you plan out how to shift your sleep schedule.
It can be tempting to pack your trip from morning ’til evening. However, be smart about how you plan your trip.
For business travel, try to schedule meetings based on the time zone you left.
Timing out your meetings keeps your body and mind in sync for the important stuff.
Rest in the Rays
Take the time to sit in the sun. Spending time outside improves focus and energy, which also helps in recovering from stress.
With time zone and schedule changes, stack all of your cards in your favor!
Sweat it Out
You might not want to, but it’s on your to-do list, yup exercise. I know that we have been talking about how tiring travel is, though scheduling a sweat sech is a great idea.
Physical activity and stretching keep blood flowing and prevent aches and pains. Hear me out; you don’t have to go nuts! Moving your body for even 10 to 15 minutes is all you need to combat travel fatigue.
To shake off soreness try doing a few stretches and walk around, without your luggage.
Once you land, exercising the morning will help your body reboot its internal clock and speed up recovery.
Also if you can workout outdoors, or in a naturally lit gym, there’s a bonus!
Your Return- Travel Fatigue FREE!
Schedule in some me time:
After your trip, you may need to hit the ground running. So, don’t forget the value of “me-time” when you plan your trip. Adding a little wiggle room for recouping goes a long way. This added time helps with jet lag recovery and keeps your emotions on an even keel.
Give yourself something to look forward to:
After the excitement of travel, it can be a letdown to return home. To prevent this let-down, schedule something you look forward to. Don’t let an emotional slump get to you on top of the physical fatigue of travel.
I like to; get a massage, go out with friends, watch a movie, or see something new in my city after time away.
Scheduling all of these fun activities after travel can make a huge difference! Heck, why not? Just because we go on vacation, doesn’t mean you can’t have fun at home.
Travel is amazing, but be aware that the adjustment back to your everyday life can be a challenge.
The good news is that there are many ways to combat Travel fatigue.
We hope that all of our tips help! Please let us know if you have any other travel tips… we travel often and could always use your help : )
It’s all about quality of Life and finding a happy balance between work and friends and family
– Philip Green