• Subject: Re: Trip to Australia
  • From: Jon Paris <paris@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 10 Jul 1998 11:54:14 -0400

For any of you thinking of travelling to Australia (yes I am headed for COMMON
this year) over the last few years I've found the best way of dealing with this
journey (which is some 20+ hours from here) is to break it for 24 hours rather
than try to do it in one go and recover from the whole thing once you're
there.  In our case, flights from Toronto route via Honolulu where you change
planes.  It doesn't usually cost extra to break the journey there for 24
hours.  So you get off the plane at 11pm at night (5am body time) go straight
to bed then spend a leisurely day on the island before climbing back onto the
plane just after midnight.  You arrive in Sydney about 7am - go to your hotel,
nap for a couple of hours, and you're fighting fit.  Within 24-48 hours I'm
back to normal (as normal as I get anyway).  Melatonin helps too.

Admittedly I get lots of practice with jet lag, but I don't find Australia any
more of a problem than Europe.

Sadly the technique of taking a break on the trip doesn't seem to do much on
the way back, but since I'm returning via Japan this time that's not an issue.

Jon Paris - AS/400 AD Market Support - paris@ca.ibm.com
Phone: (416) 448-4019   -   Fax: (416) 448-4414
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