QT: Avoiding Jet Lag when Traveling Across Time Zones for a Race


In many cases, if you’re heading for a race-cation you will find yourself traveling across time zones to get to your destination.

If you’re only going one-time zone, that may not be too big of a deal. But if you’re crossing several time zones jet lag may set in and your race may be impacted negatively.

Joining me on today’s quick tip episode are two folks that know a thing or two about traveling and adjusting to a new time zone, especially when races are involved.

Tom Leddy and Carol Valls are the co-writers of the book The Ultimate Travel Guide for Runners.

If you have a destination race on your horizon, you definitely want to check out their book full of tips and tricks that will help you save some money and improve your traveling/racing experience.

Tips for Traveling Across Time Zones

The first tip that Tom and Carol offered for runners traveling across time zones for a destination race is put yourself onto the daily schedule of your destination as soon as possible.

Meaning, don’t take a nap when you get to your destination no matter how tired you are when you arrive.

Stay awake, whatever it takes, until it’s evening time in your new location and then get a good night’s sleep.

Yes, that means you might have been up for many hours consecutively, but it will help you adjust much quicker than if you take a nap when you get to your hotel.

Some other tips mentioned in our chat include giving yourself a couple of days to adjust (which is made easier if you don’t take a nap as soon as you arrive), knowing that it will probably be easier for you to adjust if you’re traveling east to west vs west to east, and the possibility of using a sleep mask/ear plugs to help you get a good night’s sleep when you’re staying in a hotel.

This Series Continues Next Week

Tom and Carol will be back next week to talk more about traveling smarter when it comes to destination races.

And you should definitely check out their book, The Ultimate Travel Guide for Runners, for more tips and tricks you can use before signing up for your next destination race.

If you’d like Carol to help you make travel plans for your next destination race, check out her website at 2LTravel.com!


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