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Travel Advice - Some examples of why you want to avoid Jet Lag

It was 7 a.m. in Belgium, when our clients met us at the airport in Brussels. We had just arrived after a sleepless seven-hour flight from Chicago, and there was a whole day of meetings to look forward to. The meetings were followed by a long, sumptuous dinner. By the time I arrived at my hotel, I was fading badly. I had been awake for 26 hours. I was so jet lagged that I could hardly remember my name.

To add to my already confused state, the lights in my hotel room could only be switched on if my room keycard was in the power interlock slot. I didn’t notice. I sat on the bed, removed my clothes and fell asleep on the edge of the bed before I finished.

Something startled me in the middle of the night. I woke to a completely dark room. I had absolutely no idea what time it was, where I was, or what I was doing there. None of the lights worked, and the only light I could see was a seam showing around the door frame. I thought that I had "come to" in the “Twilight Zone”.

I bolted off the bed in a panic! Where did that door lead?

I charged for the light and threw the door open, hoping to see something familiar. As I peered out on a dimly lit hall, it all started to come back to me. I was in Brussels on a business trip.  However I was standing, staring into the hall of my hotel … and I was naked. I was also lucky that no one else was around.  Ah well, one more embarrassing travel story!

At the start of a vacation in Greece and Turkey, we flew overnight from Chicago to Frankfurt and arrived in Frankfurt Airport early in the morning.  Our connecting  flight did not depart for three hours and would take an additional two hours to reach Athens.

We had difficulty sleeping on the flight from the US and there was no place to catch a wink at the Frankfurt Flughaven, so we walked around and tried to keep active while we waited ( see airports in Europe - wait for the gate).

We were tired and severely jet lagged by the time we boarded the flight to Athens.   In our rush to be seated, one of us dove for their seat, snagged their foot on the seat support, and rolled their knee out of joint.

The injury was painful and influenced the choice of activities during the rest of the trip.  "Careless injury" can happen when you are sleep deprived and jet lagged. So, move at your own pace, step carefully, and focus on the situations that you encounter.

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