How To Deal With The Jetlag

Traveling can be very exciting right from the planning stage. The D-day arrives and armed with your itinerary, travel documents and travel luggage, you’re ready to explore a new country then you land and the jetlag hits! If yours isn’t like one of those cheap flights to Dubai, you’ll be left wondering if the journey and expensive plane ticket are worth the discomforts that come with being jetlagged. Fortunately, a while ago I curated a list of measures to take before, during and after a long flight to tackle these discomforts and decided to share.

What is Jetlag?

Jetlag is extreme tiredness and other physical effects felt by a person after a long flight across different time zones. Symptoms include disturbed sleep, daytime fatigue, difficulty concentrating and functioning, and even the occasional stomach trouble.

Pre Flight

While planning your itinerary for your trip, be sure to schedule in extra time to get a little rest in between flights and avoid scheduling activities for immediately you land. Other things you could do include:

  • Sleep or rest well before your flight. If you’re Nigerian, chances are relatives would keep you up all night before your trip and still attempt to smuggle you into the airport a good 4-5 hours before your flight. Try to get enough sleep before the flight.
  • Avoid alcoholic drinks before your flight. Alcohol is well known for its dehydrating effect, throw in the effect of altitude and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. Wait till your plane lands before knocking back those drinks.
  • Avoid coffee and caffeinated drinks

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During Flight

There’s not much you can do during your flight but these should help:

  • Resist the urge to take sleeping pills especially on long trips and try to get as much sleep as you can, you would feel well rested and your body would thank you when you land!
  • Try to move around and take as many bathroom breaks as needed to keep your blood circulation going.
  • Set your watch to correspond to your new time zone, it’ll help you to psychologically start adapting to your destination.

Post Flight

Try to stretch to get rid of the kinks from sitting for a long flight, get a few hours of sleep and you’ll be ready to be out exploring in no time! You’ll want to give yourself time to rest in between your planned activities and stay off strenuous activities for the first few days. Developing and maintaining a good sleeping and eating pattern would also do you a world of good.

Although these tips would be helpful in significantly reducing the level of discomforts experienced with jetlag, they won’t completely eliminate it. However, choosing destinations with shorter flying hours can completely take out your chances of experiencing jetlag. Booking cheap flights to Dubai and other nearby vacation destinations would have you enjoying all the perks of traveling minus the jetlag!

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5 Places To Stay On Your Next Vacation In Benin Republic

There’s this thing about Nigerians when we travel, we like to duplicate other people’s travel experiences instead of creating new ones for ourselves. For example, the most popular destination for Nigerian travelers seeking to unwind for a couple of days is Benin Republic, quite easy to get to without a flight ticket and doesn’t leave a hole in the pocket.

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Life Lately + Burgers ‘N’ Shakes Restaurant Review

I feel like I owe you guys and myself this Life Lately post. It’s an attempt to explain my absence from the blog and encourage myself to get back to writing. There’s a review of Burgers ‘N’ Shakes with a ton of food pictures all the way down, it’s part of my apology. At the beginning of the year, I really thought I would be able to put out at least one blog post weekly knowing fully well I had a very busy year ahead but a girl can dream, right? But life happens and sometimes sheer will just isn’t enough. Here’s what I’ve been up to; Continue reading “Life Lately + Burgers ‘N’ Shakes Restaurant Review”

Weekend Getaway In Lagos: Jaybee Beach Camp At Tarkwa Bay

As with most adventures that involve money leaving my pocket these days, Cassie brought up the idea of going to Jaybee Beach Camp to spend a night camping on the beach, having fun by a bonfire and just generally forgetting the daily struggle that comes with living in Lagos.

It didn’t fit into my budget at the time so we decided to shift the staycation to August. Come August, we started calculating the cost of the staycation and it didn’t fit into both our budgets so we decided to throw it open like we did The Lakehouse Vacation and after a few back and forths, increasing our original number of 5 because quite a number of people were interested, we had more women join us to share the cost and fun.

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Budget-friendly Lakehouse Vacation in Ouidah, Benin Republic

This Lakehouse was love at first sight and I just knew I had to visit upon seeing pictures of it. After calculating the cost of a road trip from Lagos to Ouidah, cost of the Lakehouse and adding other miscellaneous expenses including tours, tips and souvenirs, I knew the only way a weekend vacation here wouldn’t leave me in penury was if I went with other people. If you’re living on a budget like I am but still like to travel, you’ll understand. I put the word out on Twitter that I needed travel buddies, selected a few people from the replies I got, created a Whatsapp group and we were on our way three months later! Continue reading “Budget-friendly Lakehouse Vacation in Ouidah, Benin Republic”

My Big Chop on 4C Natural Hair + Answering Related Questions

Ever since I posted the picture below on Instagram, my comment section and Dms have been filled with a thousand and one questions! I anticipated some of the questions while others like “Were you heartbroken?” and “Did you have lice?” had me in stitches.

I’ve tried to answer most of the questions about my big chop in this post but you can send me a mail hello@nappyhaired.com if you have further questions.

Let’s get to it!

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Day Trip To Olumo Rock in Abeokuta, Ogun State

Last December, I went on a group trip organized by Jadesola of The Bourgie Life to visit the renowned Olumo Rock. Now if you had your primary and/or secondary/high school education in Nigeria, chances are you’ve been to Olumo Rock on one of those organized school excursions. I went while in Secondary School too and honestly, both experiences are incomparable.

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Beard Care 101

I have wanted to do a post like this for the longest time and a conversation on Twitter presented me with the perfect person. The feedback from the Guy’s Guide To Natural Hair Care For Men post also spurred me to post this. So if you are/know a guy struggling with growing/maintaining a beard or just generally feel like feeding your eyes, read till the end.

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