jet-lagDo you dislike long flights that cause jet lag? I sure do because I can’t enjoy part of my trip and it takes a while when I return home to get back into the swing of things. Now imagine if money was no object, or you could plan an economical vacation, just break up long flights into shorter flights. Add layovers that span a few days. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?

When I traveled to Hawaii from Florida I had to take four flights. Changing planes alone is stressful and tiring, especially for someone like me, who is disabled. Add the layovers and time changes and you get a bad case of jet lag.

Besides having a terrible headache and feeling out of sorts, I was absolutely exhausted when we arrived in Kona, Hawaii. It was one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to, but all I wanted to do was sleep. My family and I spent most of the first day asleep and slowly began to feel a bit better each day. We expected late nights and early mornings, instead we were in bed early and up after breakfast was served at our resort. But, within two days, my husband and daughter were feeling a lot better. It took me about three – four days to not feel an overwhelming fatigue anymore.

Our plan for our next trip to Hawaii is to stop in Las Vegas for a few days. Get in some gambling and sight-seeing and then take a flight to Hawaii. On the way home, we may stop in California for a few days.

We also learned to drink lots of water, sleep as much as possible (a sleeping mask and noise cancelling headphones can help) and keep the same time as the time zone you’re in during your flights. When you arrive, plan on relaxing activities for the first day or two and the same when you return home. Be sure to eat healthy food, during your trip and keep up with your fluid intake.

What do you do about long flights and jet lag?

Connie Roberts is a professional blogger who makes it her mission to advocate for people with medical issues. Travel with a disability is not a struggle, but an opportunity to see the world and let others see that it’s possible and a lot of fun. Tweet with her @ConnieFoggles.