I start to think about the change in time zones when I board my flight. That’s when I adjust my watch to the time of the place I’m going. At first I don’t really pay attention to it and do things like eat the dinner provided by the airline several hours into the flight. After that I end up watching as many movies as possible with breaks to stand up, walk, and drink water. For me the time change doesn’t become real until the plane lands.
At that point I’m feeling energetic and simply accept that it’s morning. I always plan to stay up all day and adjust to the new time zone. It doesn’t matter that I’ve been up for around twenty-four hours already – I’m not tired anymore! When I get to the hotel my room usually isn’t ready but after leaving my suitcase in their storage area it’s time to explore. I ask for a map marked with directions to places I want to go. Sometimes I’ll start by walking around the neighborhood, especially when the hotel is in a more residential area.
When I’m walking I like to window shop or if a museum is nearby I’ll try to go there. It’s nice to spend the first day doing things that are simple and relaxing.
By evening I’m definitely feeling tired and by then I’m in my room and beginning to unpack. I’ll turn on the television to see what’s been happening, and right in the middle of an interesting story I start to doze off. It’s time to rest and prepare for tomorrow’s adventures.