Subject: RE: Jet Lag
Hi all

I'm usually in it (plane travel) for the long haul - Aus to anywhere is a long flight!

I've heard a lot of the myths and in my experience:

It doesn't matter if I'm flying east-to-west (USA) or west-to-east (UK), I'm always more jetlagged after returning home to Aus than flying to my destination - I think the excitement and adrenalin keeps me pumping on arrival whereas on arrival at home I crash.

Get as much sleep on the flight as you can - regardless of the light outside, the time of day (irrelevant of the departure or destination city). But that said, I always try to eat the meals, read a book and watch any movie that's half decent to make the time pass. Catching even 6 hours over 24 is better than nothing - particularly if you have to be awake for another 12 on arrival!

It's always easier to sleep on a plane if you have a spare seat beside you: My parents' trick when flying: they request an aisle seat and a window seat in a block of three. That way if someone *is* seated between them the person is *always* happy to swap to the aisle or the window so Mum and Dad can sit together again. And they rarely (never yet!) have a solo-traveller seated between them so they share a spare seat for stretching out, spare pillows, books etc.

At your destination, base your activity and napping on the time of arrival. I'm usually arriving early AM so I never nap after arriving - get as much sunshine and fresh air as possible and try and do *something* outdoors to take your mind off clock-watching - even if it's shopping, feeding the pigeons in a park. You may fall face first into your lovely French dinner at 8:30pm from exhaustion, but you should then enjoy an uninterrupted night sleep (although you may wake earlier than usual). Same routine the next day and then I'm right. (Try and avoid the face-in-food experience though as it's entertaining but embarrassing). :) Megan Brisbane, Australia