I’m often asked how I get over jetlag and adjust to local time when traveling internationally. The short answer is… I don’t! And it’s kind of intentional.
For years I’d put a bunch of effort into always being on local time, but over the years I’ve decided I actually like being on “my” time.
The thing is that I don’t really have a “normal” schedule no matter where I am. For example, when I’m at home I’m usually going to bed at 1AM-2AM and getting up at 9AM-10AM. That’s not an especially good schedule to be on, especially with the east coast being three hours ahead. So when I travel I like to have almost a polar opposite schedule.
I’ve now been in Bali for almost a week, and am still going to bed by 8PM and getting up before 4AM every morning. When I’m home I never see the sunrise given how late I get up, so there’s something I love about getting up way before dawn, getting mostly caught up on work (given that my “work” is mostly on US time), watching the sunrise, and then enjoying the day. I don’t mind the fact that I’m in bed even earlier than the seniors in Florida.
Now that I think about my travel, I’m almost always up by 3-4AM when abroad. If it’s at a destination where I don’t want to go to bed by 8PM (usually big cities), I’ll typically take a nap in the afternoon. But my desire to be up early goes beyond wanting to catch up on work. I don’t know what it is, but for me one of my absolute favorite parts of travel is waking up at 3AM in a hotel room and asking myself where the hell I am.
And hey, it’s vacation, so why not just sleep when you’re tired?
I’m curious, am I alone on this? What schedule do you keep when traveling abroad (or if you’re in a really “wide” country, like The Russia, domestic coast-to-coast travel counts as well!)?