This phrase sometimes appears on my airline reservation, and it means I’m traveling out of the country. It also creates a situation that I have yet to resolve: trying to sleep on an overnight flight!
It’s not that I haven’t read article after article about how to sleep/rest/relax on one of these flights. I’ve also asked other people what they do. This has produced some helpful answers, such as taking sleeping pills, wearing eye shades, ear plugs, and so on. These are very interesting. But my biggest distraction is the little screen in front of me with on-demand options.
You would think that I’d never watched a movie or a television program the way I treat this. I check all the choices for movies, and even if I would never have watched them at home, suddenly they become fascinating. My record is five movies on a trip to Europe. And I only liked two of them! This leaves little, if any, time for actually sleeping. The only reason I know that I dozed off a little is when I’m watching a movie and suddenly the credits are rolling. Then I know I must have fallen asleep. So I rewind the movie to where I lost track and I have an idea of long I was asleep.
When I decide it’s time to try to rest, I’ll put on classical music and turn the volume down. This works a little, but not really. Then I decide to watch documentaries thinking this will put me to sleep. But I have found them quite interesting, too.
When the plane arrives at our destination, I’m surprisingly awake and alert. At this point I’m on the local time zone, so I’m up all day! Even that night I’m still wide awake. But an adventure is starting and I can always catch up on my sleep when I get home.