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The Secret to Beating Jet Lag

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The Secret to Beating Jet Lag

Jet lag: the bane of any traveller’s life. If you’re a frequent traveller or dealing with jet lag at the moment then do we have a secret for you! Ben Apple, creator of 30 Day Life Upgrade, shares the ultimate secret to beating jet lag:

This past week I flew from Shanghai to Nashville, a trip that I make about once a year that leaves me in half-sleep zombie mode for the first couple days after arrival. This time I decided to figure out how I could defeat the evils of jet lag and arrive in the States feeling fresh and ready to go take on the days ahead of me.  I’ve read all of the classic advice (no help at all…) like “sleep on the plane”, “drink water” and “don’t drink caffeine”.  These are clearly not really useful tips, so I did a little digging and found a genuinely useful trick, backed with an actual scientific study. With a little bit of research I learned the tricks to get your body quickly aligned with its new time zone.

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Why do we experience jet lag?

Our bodies run on circadian rhythms that are roughly 24-hour cycles and typically aligned with our environment and whether it is light or dark outside.  These cycles affect how awake we are at certain periods during the day, so when we cross time zones due to travel, the shift throws our bodies out of whack.

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What’s the secret to beating jet lag?

Since light plays such an important role in our circadian rhythms, we can use light to cause phase shifts in these rhythms that will reduce or eliminate jet lag.  The trick lies in knowing whether to seek light or avoid light and knowing when to do this.  To seek light means that you can either go outside into the sunlight or use a light box, and to avoid light means staying inside or wearing light blocking glasses.  Knowing when to seek or avoid light comes from a number of factors, such as the number of time zones crossed and the direction of travel.  To make things simple, check out Jet Lag Rooster, a site that makes all the calculations for you, and lets you know when to seek and avoid light to minimize jet lag.  Unfortunately, due to the timing on this particular trip, I had problems using the schedule provided.  Although I wasn’t able to follow the schedule perfectly, I was able to make things a bit easier by making some small changes to avoid light by using that time for quick naps.  Just taking the opportunity to get in a short power nap during this time was really refreshing and helped put me back on track.

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Try it out and let me know how it works for you on your next trip!

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Ben Apple
Hi!  My name is Ben, and I’m exploring ways to upgrade my life in 30 day chunks.  The plan is simple: I will choose something to do or learn for a 30 day time period, study the topic and dissect it, then share my findings and results.  These 30 day explorations will allow me to venture into new territory in my own life and connect me with others that are doing the same.  If you’re interested in suggesting new topics and areas to explore or simply interested in upgrading your own life, get in touch and let me know!

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10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

3. Island Getaway

People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

4. Fancy Resort

Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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5. Road Trip

The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

6. Charter a Boat

If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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8. Themed Retreats

There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

9. Working Honeymoon

Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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