|Venice from the air|
The next time I flew across the Atlantic, we flew from Seattle to London, direct. We landed at Heathrow and took a cab to a friend's home near Wimbledon. I remember I gamely tried to stay awake and converse, but within the first hour, our friends and [The Man I Love] sent me off to bed. After a four hour nap I was almost coherent.
On our 2009 return from Paris, we changed planes in Atlanta, and chose to spend a night at the Atlanta airport hotel, which helped us adjust. For our 2011 return from London, we had upgraded to First Class and slept in Pods during the flight - that helped a lot. For both those trips, the return to Los Angeles wasn't difficult.
|At Heathrow - more relaxed after going thru security|
Our arrival in LA was a little stressful - our luggage didn't make it, so we had to arrange for it to be delivered, which took two days. Unfortunately, our stash of Melatonin was in our checked bags.
Then, when we got to our house, we discovered the mess that I described below. That added a lot to the stress level. Though we've had three nights of sleep, we just feel a little out of it still. This kind of surprised us, given our previous experience. Finally now, we're starting to feel normal again.
Those of you who travel overseas - how do you cope with jet lag? Is it worse going one direction versus the other? What tips do you have for other travelers?