While it is incredibly exciting to travel to exotic new locales that you have never seen before, there are often some negatives attached. There is the language barrier to consider, not to mention having to eat foods that you are not used to. There are ways around both of those, but one issue that is a problem that many people struggle with is jet lag. If you are traveling from London to Malawi, the good news is that Lilongwe time is only a couple of hours ahead of what you are used to, but what about those traveling from other parts of the world who have much bigger time differences to deal with?
Your entire body can quickly be thrown out of whack when traveling across time zones, which is something that can make the first couple of days of your stay a little unpleasant. It’s perhaps not so bad to have jet lag when you are on an extended vacation with time to kill, but if you are traveling to Malawi on business, you will want your body to adapt to Lilongwe time as quickly as possible. The good news is that there are a few simple ways to trick your mind and body into thinking that nothing has really changed, so let’s take a look at them.
When booking your flight, try to choose one that gets you to your destination in the early hours of the evening local time. You may feel the urge to nap in the middle of the day, but you should try to avoid doing so. If you can’t, don’t nap for any more than a couple of hours, and set an alarm so that you do not go beyond that. Get to bed by 10 PM local time and you should find that sleep comes quite easily, leaving you on a regular schedule by the next morning.
It’s natural to want to relax when you arrive at your destination, but there are right ways and wrong ways to do so. Drinking coffee or alcohol a couple of hours or less before that 10 PM bedtime can be a big mistake. Both are stimulants and will make it much more difficult for you to get to sleep when it comes time to go to bed. There will be plenty of time on your trip to enjoy a nice drink or two, so wait until your sleep pattern is established before indulging.
If you have no choice but to arrive in the middle of the day, spend as much time outside as you can. Research has shown that sunlight is a powerful tool when trying to reset your biological clock, so get outside and soak up that great Lilongwe weather. If you are staying at a great place like the Kumbali Lodge, your first instinct will be to get into the incredibly comfortable beds in your room, but try to avoid that, and instead follow the tip outlined above to get your body and mind in tune with Lilongwe time.