Easier jet lag recovery: city or country?

Is it easier to recover from jet lag in the bustle of the city or the relative calm of a more rural setting? Any particular advice for helping kids deal with jet lag once you arrive? Thanks for your views!

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
13081 posts

I don't think it makes much difference. The key is lots of sunlight where ever you can get it. I don't think kids get jet lag - only the adults.

Posted by Ed
9110 posts

If you believe in jet lag, walking seems to work best. Maybe it's because you walk in the sunshine. Beats me. Kids don't get it, either because they don't know about it, or they sleep the whole way.

Posted by Monique
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
583 posts

"If you believe in jet lag..."
Is jet lag a myth, like Big Foot and Loch Ness? What if I have photos to prove it's real? :) Kris, does your flight arrive early or late? I was told that drinking lots and lots of water can prevent "jet lag", but I have never really tried it, and I doubt kids will be game for that. Honestly, I find that a good night's sleep on the night I arrive is all I need. If I arrive early, I try to make myself stay up until the LOCAL bedtime instead of letting the physical stress of the trip wear me out to the point where I am going to "bed" at like 4pm. Because then the sleep cycle is off and that causes extra exhaustion. Try to make sure the kids get lots of sleep on the flight ...Benadryl, anyone? They make it for kids! I don't get jet lag GOING, but for some reason I am horrible COMING BACK. I am literally out of commission for like 3-4 days. I don't know if that's jet lag or just depression.

Posted by Kris
Minnesota, USA
33 posts

Arrival time of mid-morning, more or less, so there is an opportunity to "get out there" and walk around (maybe a walking tour vs standing in a museum makes sense for firt-day activities). Kids don't get jet lag? That's good news - and another reason to stay young at heart! :)

Posted by Emily
399 posts

I went to Greece and Israel when I was 17-no jet lag to speak of, probably because I was so excited. Slept 17 hours when I got home though, although that could have been sheer exhaustion from a non-stop 6 week trip.
Still don't get jet lag because I'm a shift worker. It's a pretty great perk.