7 Easy Ways To Beat Jet Lag

jetlagWhen you’re headed out on a vacation or business trip the last thing you need is to feel tired or run down. But with these seven tips to beat jet lag, youíre sure to stay alert and ready for your entire trip.

Keep it the same…

When you’re not traveling for long, you can usually avoid jet lag by sticking to your normal routine. Keep your watch set to your home time and just do what you’d normally do at home; eating, sleeping, exercise, etc.

Your body won’t even notice the time chance when you do this, and it will readjust without any problems on the way back.

Sleep like a baby…

When you’re traveling out of your normal time zone, you’ll want to try to keep to normal bedtimes. And while you might have troubles at first, try to get the same number of hours of sleep per night. This will help your body fall into a new rhythm for the time when you’re away.

Even if you can’t fall asleep right away, try to get into bed and close your eyes until you fall asleep. Eventually your body will pick up the clue and you’ll get all the sleep that you need.

Fill yourself up…

Many times jet lag can be made worse by becoming dehydrated on your trip or while you’re headed there on the plane. To combat this you’ll want to make sure that you’re drinking plenty of fluids as you travel, water and juices especially.

Alcohol can dehydrate the body so it should be avoided if you can. And if you’re expected to drink at a business function, just follow each glass with a chaser of water.

Find the rhythm…

When you’re headed into areas where the time will change significantly, you want to set your watch when you get there and start following the local hours. You’ll want to eat when you are supposed to eat, sleep when it’s dark, etc.

By changing the routine that you’re used to directly into the new hours, you can help to offset jet lag before it even starts. Follow your new daylight and darkness hours to adjust your circadian rhythms.

When you arrive…

One of the best ways to avoid jet lag is to do some form of exercise when you arrive at your destination. This can be as simple as a walk or a few calisthenics in your hotel room. Do a few jumping jacks to get your heart pumping or start touring the town.

When your body gets exercise, it can bank the extra energy and help you adapt to changing light conditions.

If you just can’t sleep…

When all else fails, you can try a sleeping pill to re-teach your body when to sleep. Normally this isn’t recommended, but when you’re on an extended trip or you have to switch time zones frequently, a sleeping pill can help to give you some rest in order to be alert during the day.

Natural cues…

And if the sleeping pill doesn’t appeal to you, you can try aromatherapy.

Find a good travel kits that includes oils that you can smell for energy as well as soothing oils for relaxation, like lavender.

With all of these tips, jet lag will no longer follow you on your next trip.

Sedona, Arizona: A Travel Adventure In Red Rock Format

Sedona AZUSA WEEKEND’s Annual Travel Report for 2003 heralds Sedona, Arizona, as one of the USA’s ten most beautiful places. It is a four-season adventure in beauty.

The community boasts a list of 102 things to do while in Sedona, and the list is not exaggerated. Some are free, some are pricey, but all are viable possibilities, accentuating this beautiful land.

You will meet lots of people in Sedona, from everywhere in the world, but itís not the shoving, hurry-hurry crowd (with the possible exception of the early morning or late evening commute of the friendly service population). More often it’s rubbing shoulders with others who hike and stroll and caravan endeavoring to capture their share of the beauty and peace surrounding the valley.

Here is a list of things I’d love to cross of my to do list in Sedona. What appeals to you?

ï Visit the Africa Wildlife Park
ï Golf at one of Sedonaís 18-hole Courses
ï Take a jeep tour
ï Photograph your aura
ï Hike to the bottom of Montezumaís Well
ï Visit Montezuma Castle National Monument
ï Visit Red Rock State Park, Fort Verde State Park and Jerome State Historical Park
ï Dine and take in the show at Blaziní M Ranch
ï Ride the Verde Canyon Train
ï Sketch the Red Rocks
ï Watch birds
ï Visit a vortex
ï Hike one of the 100 plus trails in the Coconino National Forest
ï Watch artists create masterpieces at local galleries
ï Picnic and spend the day at Slide Rock State Park
ï Take a scenic drive around the Verde Valley
ï Visit the Grand Canyon
ï Eat rattlesnake, buffalo burgers and cactus fries at local eateries
ï Tour Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village and more
ï Skydive in Sedona and see the Red Rocks from the sky
ï Play a round of tennis or miniature golf
ï Have a picnic at Posse Ground or Sunset Park
ï Skateboard at the Sedona Skate Park
ï Visit the Bird Sanctuary in Page Springs
ï Sample a prickly pear cactus drink
ï Experience a hot-air balloon
ï Visit the Chapel of the Holy Cross
ï Photograph the sunset at the airport overlook
ï Take yoga
ï Experience Shakespeare at Tlaquepaque
ï Hike at Red Rock Crossing and Crescent Moon

Sedona is a choice for all. Family vacations here are truly jam-packed and memorable. Couples and singles find whatever they need and want at the moment.

Sedona is one of those Must see, must do American travel adventures.

Finding the Tastiest Breakfast in Colorado Springs

breakfast in colorado springsI am, hands down, a breakfast lover. I could eat breakfast any time of the day except for well, breakfast time. Who does that? Every time David and I venture out to a new city or a city we haven’t been to in a while we always try to find new and interesting places to eat. Yelp, is always to the rescue though I always read the comments to see how picky people are being in their reviews of the place. One morning while I was searching for breakfast in Colorado Springs, The King’s Chef Diner pulled up with really high ratings. Their logo and site seemed more like a stoner’s bad dream but they stated that they use all natural beef, eggs, etc. in their food which always peaks my interests so needless to say, this was going to be our breakfast for the morning.breakfast in colorado springs

We headed downtown and found the restaurant sitting on the corner and not looking too extremely busy yet. Though it was December and freezing so no one would opt to sit outside. We were seated and opened up the menu to see what it had to offer. Funny enough the menu was all related to kings, dragons, etc. which continued to remind me of a stoner’s type of place, lol. After browsing for a few minutes we finally made a decision on 3 different entrees. My son went with french toast, I went with the “Grump” and David chose the basics. I guess I was the only one feeling adventurous which usually isn’t the case.

breakfast in colorado springsOnce our food came and I dove into that warm mound of deliciousness I was sold. The Grump, the french toast, even the basics were the tastiest breakfast in Colorado Springs that we had found. The only downside to the diner was that they only accepted cash but regardless, the King’s Chef Diner will now be a must have for every trip to or near Colorado Springs. I have since bought ingredients and replicated the breakfast at home several times. Not nearly as good but still damn delicious.

Sending Postcards Is Back!

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Something I’ve always loved the idea of is getting postcards in the mail. You see it in movies all the time and I’ve always bought postcards everywhere I’ve visited. There is just something more personal about them than being tagged in a picture on social media.

Things are so different now! I’m more likely to send a quick text or post something silly on Facebook than to search through stores for postcards for everyone which just isn’t the same. That’s why I was so excited when I heard about Lettr.

Lettr is being called “the postcard of the 21st century.” It lets you stay in touch with your loved ones when you’re traveling the old fashioned way – but with a modern twist. Instead of buying a postcard and sending it through snail mail, all you need is your smart phone or a laptop. Take a picture, write a personalized message, sign, and send. Another benefit is that everyone will get your postcard in just a few days instead of possible weeks.  You don’t even need to write down any addresses before you leave home. You can connect Lettr to your social media accounts and they’ll handle the rest.

I absolutely love this idea! I also think it’s great that each postcard can be unique and personal. That’s right, you can send a different card to each person or send the same one to everyone. It’s totally up to you! By using your own pictures, adding your signature, and creating a customized message, you have plenty of room to get creative. Plus, it’s kind of cool that the postcard will show which city and country it was sent from.

Are you planning on taking a trip anytime soon? If so, I’ve got a giveaway for all you readers! The first 10 people to click on this link will be able to send their first postcard free. That’s right so check them out now and start sending your postcards!

Operation Cross Country Road Trip

cross country road tripIn about a week or so David, Little E, my shih tzu, and I will be heading on a cross country road trip. This is my second time driving from coast to coast so I’m excited but David is taking some convincing. He can’t fathom sitting in a car for that many hours but I am stoked pregnant or not to head out across the country again. We plan on hitting all of the southern states first then all of the midwest on the way back. We are also buying a dash mount for my GoPro so that we can record our whole journey. It will definitely be filled with lots of adventures along the way! Have you ever driven cross country? What was your favorite part? Which part did you hate the most?

The Wonderland House

I happened to browsing the internet like I always do and stumbled upon a hotel call the Wonderland House. Um, how have I never heard of this place?! An Alice in Wonderland themed hotel sounds like one of the coolest hotels that I need to add to my bucket list. Though buying Alice’s real house would be pretty cool too. Nevermind me though, take a look for yourself. Every room is themed to go with the story. If I’m ever in that area the Wonderland House is a definite stay for me!

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Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium

As a pretty big fan of zoos and an even bigger fan of animals I have managed to check out zoos in many states. There’s just something about seeing wild animals safely and so closely. No, its not their natural habitat unfortunately but its as good as you can get here in the United States. I feel like we have very little wild animals left living here.

Though San Diego’s zoo is still on my list, I do have a pretty awesome zoo in Arizona that I enjoy on a fairly regular basis and that’s the Wildlife World Zoo in Litchfield. It runs about $30 per adult and $12 for a child though you can normally find coupons to reduce the rate. Not only that, the zoo is not only a zoo but also an aquarium so you get more bang for your buck. The zoo also has a log ride, air lift, train ride, petting zoo, playground, and a rather bomb restaurant.

Here is a variety of shots I’ve collected over the last 2-3 visits:

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and last but not least a sloth, my favorite animal in the world! <3 What’s the best zoo you’ve ever been to? Were they humane?

Charleston, SC: A Honeymooner’s Guide

drayton hallChoosing a place for a honeymoon can be a difficult decision for a young couple. For the couple who loves history and wants the romance of the Old South, Charleston SC, affectionately known as “Chucktown” by locals, can offer both. With many different things to see and do, Charleston is the perfect place to make memories that will last a lifetime.

Kiawah Island – Kiawah Island is an ideal place for honeymooners to enjoy the relaxed environment of a beach community but still be close enough to the city to take advantage of all that Charleston has to offer. There are a variety of vacation house rentals available for couples who are looking for a place to call their own for their honeymoon. The island offers small shops and restaurants that are within biking distance from most of the vacation rentals as well as world-class golf courses for the couples who want to spend part of their honeymoon on the links.

The Battery – Situated between the Cooper and Ashley Rivers, the Battery is the perfect place for a romantic sunset walk. In the past, the Battery has been used for military protection of the city and is still used to protect the area from hurricanes. In addition to an amazing view of Charleston Harbor, some of the most expensive, grandest houses in Charleston are located here. The homes on the Battery are a blend of new builds and old antebellum homes, seamlessly fitting together to create a fabulous place to walk and see the beauty of the varied architecture in Charleston.

Plantation and House tours – Charleston is home to many antebellum plantations as well as many colonial homes. Plantations such as Magnolia Plantation, Boone Hall, and Drayton Hall show visitors what life was like in the Old South. Within the city, houses such as Nathaniel Russell House and the Aiken-Rhett House combine history with examples of Federalist architecture at its finest. Many of the houses in the city are within walking distance of each other so couples can easily make a day of visiting the stately old homes of Charleston. While most of the plantations are outside of the city, it is well worth the drive to see these well-preserved examples of the homes of the Old South.

Charleston City Market – No trip to Charleston is complete without a visit to the Charleston City Market. The Market is one of the oldest in the country, a treat for history lovers. Filled with a variety of small stalls selling everything from art to clothing, the Market is a great place to find tasteful souvenirs and mementos of your trip to Charleston. The City Market also serves as a central place for visitors and locals to meet for dining and shopping. The ideal place to take a rest and people watch, the Market is a popular place for locals and visitors alike to enjoy an afternoon snack or dessert in the evening after a day of sightseeing or shopping. It also is a great place to pick up an evening carriage tour to see the sights of Charleston from a carriage and learn more about the city’s history. The City Market also serves as home to the Daughters of the Confederacy museum.

Restaurants – Charleston boasts some of the finest restaurants in the South, many of the specializing in the cuisine of the Lowcountry. The food of the Lowcountry features seafood, rice, and other staples of southern cooking yet is a little lighter than some of the more traditional cuisine of the Deep South. With restaurants ranging from very formal to very casual, Charleston has the right place to suit all tastes. For the honeymooning couple, a trip to 82 Queen or Poogan’s Porch will provide the ideal place for a romantic dinner for two. Many of the restaurants in Charleston are housed in old homes or other old buildings that have been repurposed as restaurants.

A honeymoon is a time for a young couple to relax after the stress of planning and having a wedding and being their lives together. For it to be perfect, the location should be romantic and feature places that will allow a couple to look back on their honeymoon with fond memories to last a lifetime. Charleston, SC, with its blend of history and romance, is the ideal place for a honeymoon couple to enjoy their first vacation as a married couple and begin their married life with the romance only this gem of the Old South can offer.

More resources:

Charleston Visitor’s Bureau

TripBuzz: Charleston

WikiTravel: Charleston

Skydiving in Sedona, Arizona

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Arizona is not a place that would typically pop up in my mind as ‘hey, let’s go skydive there!’ but it happened and was beautiful. An acquaintance of mine had an itching to go skydiving and asked everyone on facebook if anyone would be interested in going. Being that I’ve gone before and my dad use to be an instructor I said yes!

My first dive was in North Carolina when I was 16 and everything went well until the landing. The instructor kept changing his mind on how he wanted us to land and so when my feet were about to hit the ground I took one approach and he took the other. Sadly this resulted in me fracturing my ankle but it wasn’t that bad in comparison to all of the other injuries you can get from skydiving.

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So we did some research and decided to go with the Red Rock Skydiving company in Sedona, Arizona. We read from reviews that the other places were just kind of mediocre and that the Red Rock Skydiving company were friendly and did an awesome job.

When we arrived it was pretty warm outside and the building was situated in the middle of all the beautiful red rocks that Arizona so proudly displays up north. We went in, did a little training, suited up, and headed out.

I will be honest, the plane we flew in scared the living piss out of me. It was old, had no flooring, just metal, and the door was plexy glass that slide up and down. I’m not scared of heights but the thought of falling out of the plane while we were ascending stayed consistently on my mind. Once we finally reached out altitude of 13,000 feet we hooked up and got ready to jump.

skydiving sedonaNothing gives you an adrenaline rush like your feet dangling outside of a plane and hoping that nylon fabric is going to catch your fall. In 3, 2, 1 we pushed off from the plane and started falling. I immediately remembered one of the things I didn’t enjoy about skydiving and that was trying to breathe. You’re falling so fast that its hard to catch your breath but eventually I caught it this time.

We fell for what seemed like 15 seconds before pulling out chute. Once our parachute was all out the instructor let me take the reign and guide us down. This was something I didn’t get to experience on my last jump so it was pretty awesome.

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We finally landed safely, ankles in tach, on our bottoms in the dirt landing circle. I was pretty pumped about the smooth landing and gave a high five in excitement. Afterwards we went inside to check out our video, undress, and try to bring down our excitement levels.

For anyone whose interested in trying skydiving for their first time or just skydiving in Arizona, I would high recommend Red Rock Skydiving. You get a beautiful view of Arizona, red rocks included, and its a safe, pleasant experience.