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Beat Jet Lag Ideas

Jet lag can be a real downer, especially when you find yourself groggy and out-of-sync with the local culture. With a little preparation and self-discipline, you can ensure you arrive at your destination feeling refreshed and ready for your new adventure.

This post is written in partnership with REBBL, a company with variety of creamy and indulgent super herb elixirs, that are plant-powered, satiating and replenishing. We’ve shared our suggestions below on how REBBL drinks may help fight jet lag during your travels.

START WELL-RESTED

Lack of sleep in addition to time zone changes will almost always result in a lethargic first couple of days in your new travel destination. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you will sleep on the plane — it rarely ever happens! Skip any departure parties the night before so you can put your best foot forward right off the plane.

EAT & DRINK HEALTHY

Rule #1: Refrain from in-flight drinks. These may be tempting – especially if you’re trying to wind down and rest – but high altitudes can increase the effects of alcohol by 2-3 times. There’s no need to throw your body more off-balance than it already will be after you land.

Rule #2: Only drink caffeine on or before a flight if you are traveling west. Scientists have found that espresso before a flight traveling westward may actually combat jet lag, but will have the opposite effect when traveling east.

Maca Mocha is a great alternative to coffee during the days leading up to your trip as you run around picking up last minute items and prepare for your trip. It contains Maca root, which may help support healthy energy levels, stamina and endurance.

REBBL’s Reishi Chocolate might be a good option during your drive to the airport. Reishi is known to support and promote healthy immune function, liver detoxification and cardiovascular health. Knowing that the recirculated air in planes may facilitate the spread of viruses in an enclosed space, give your immune system a boost before your flight. Also, with longer flights resulting in more sedentary time in your seat, it may help support your body’s detoxification and circulation processes prior to take-off.

Rule #3: Do your best to eat healthy before and during your flight. You may not be offered the best selection of food on the plane, so pack a large meal to bring with you (just forgo any liquids or sauces!). Keep some homemade or healthy snacks on your carry-on as well – you don’t want to be tempted by airport fast food during layovers.

Rule #4: Make a small grocery store run once you arrive at your new destination to stock up on water and healthy snacks. Keeping healthy snacks and water on hand limits unhealthy food choices that inevitably occur when you’re body is starving. (To learn more about where to buy REBBL drinks during your travels

EXERCISE BEFORE & AFTER

Even if it’s just a quick walk in your new destination or a few yoga poses in your hotel room, a little stretching and exercise can go a long way. Getting a little workout in before your flight can relieve any stress or restlessness. Exercising afterwards is a great way to wear yourself out so you can get a good night’s rest.

While you should stretch your muscles and raise your heart rate before, during, and after your flight, there is an east-or-west rule of thumb that applies to exercise as well: morning workouts will be most beneficial to those flying east, while afternoon or evening workouts would be best for those traveling west.

ADJUST YOUR INTERNAL CLOCK

Adjusting your internal clock and sleep cycle is absolutely critical in minimizing jetlag. Melatonin is a natural alternative to prescription sleep aids that can help you fall asleep earlier in the night, so in the days before – and during – your trip use it to get your sleep schedule on par with your destination country’s.

It’s also recommended that you hold off eating during the latter half of your flight, and then enjoy a meal once arriving at the nearest mealtime. Remember, some countries may typically eat meals earlier or later than others, so try to adapt to the local meal schedule accordingly.

STAY HYDRATED

It’s well-known that recycled cabin air is very dehydrating and the WORST for your skin, so make sure to guzzle that water! Keeping lotion and moisturizing lip balm will help combat some of the dryness, but to feel your best you should be drinking about one 8 oz. glass of water every hour you’re awake during your flight. If you’re feeling daring, whip out an ultra-hydrating sheet mask and put it on before your in-flight nap; celebrities do it all the time, no one’s judging!

Lisbon’s riverside regeneration

Everyone in Lisbon says that, since Portugal’s great age of exploration, the city has looked far out to sea. It took a hand-written list of pratos de diaoutside a little restaurant on the Rua das Janelas Verdes – Street of Green Shutters – to add spice to that truism for me. Today’s specials? “Tandoori chicken €6.50, pork saag €6.50, chicken dansak €6.50, pork biryani €5.50”.

The pork dishes tell the story on a plate. In 1497, Vasco da Gama’s first expedition to the Malabar coast inaugurated Portugal’s brief heyday as a maritime superpower and began an affair with India (above all in Goa, Portuguese until 1961) that persists until now. António Costa, Portugal’s prime minister, comes from a part-Indian family that still has an ancestral house in the south Goan town of Margao.

Costa helped clear the path for the latest, and boldest, project to restore the links between the city’s hilly, labyrinthine old quarters and the waterfront that runs along the river Tagus to the sea. By the river at Belém, not far from the exuberant Jerónimos monastery built to celebrate Vasco da Gama’s return, the new Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) will open on 5 October with a 12-hour jamboree of exhibition launches, music and performance.

Visitors already besiege Belém (take the No 15 tram) to gasp at the show-off splendour of Jerónimos. Its outsize riot of late-Gothic decoration bears witness to the country’s short-lived burst of boundless confidence. Hordes also descend for a taste of the delicate pastel de nata (custard tart) served since 1837 at the prettily tiled Antiga Confeitaria de Belém. A takeaway queue always snakes outside this cult bakery, but after waiting in line you can find refuge nearby in the seldom-visited Jardim Botânico Tropical. Luxuriant and overgrown, this almost-secret garden, patrolled by lazily sauntering peacocks and wildfowl, gathers the trees and plants of Asia, Africa and the Americas.

If this riverside boasts an imperial heritage, it also has a gritty industrial past. The MAAT site lies next door to the Central Tejo, a hulking, handsome power plant-turned-exhibition space, already Lisbon’s answer to Tate Modern. Together, these twin centres will form a 38,000-square metre artistic “campus”. Central Tejo merits a visit in itself. In contrast to the Tate, its gargantuan turbines and pipes sit proudly intact within a red-brick cathedral of electricity.

Alongside, MAAT looks slinky and inviting on this lovely but long-neglected stretch of waterside. “It’s as though you just drift into the building,” says its British architect, Amanda Levete, chosen for the project after a string of high-profile commissions including the V&A expansion in London (due early next year) and the transformation of Galeries Lafayette in Paris. The museum’s 15,000 creamy, crackle-glazed ceramic tiles bounce sunlight off the river from its cantilevered frontage and down into the main galleries. The roof slopes up towards a broad terrace that rewards you with epic views both back towards the city, and out towards the ocean.

Container ships glide slowly under the 25 April Bridge – named the Salazer Bridge after the Portuguese dictator, until his overthrow on that date in 1974. For much of the 4km between the Cais do Sodré station and the flamboyant Belém Tower, hectic dual-carriageways, railways and tramlines conspire to sever city from river. MAAT will soon be connected to central Belém by a pedestrian bridge, providing a precious lifeline.

As with many European ports, Lisbon spent much of the late 20th century turning its back on the messy, and increasingly redundant, tangle of docks and wharves that had given it pomp and wealth. Now – as with Liverpool or Marseille, Bristol or Bilbao – culture and the leisure economy that partners it have driven the revival.

Back on the Rua das Janelas Verdes, the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga offers not only a rich miscellany of medieval and Renaissance masterworks – fromHieronymus Bosch and Albrecht Dürer to the unique St Vincent panels by Nuno Gonçalves – but a stylish garden café. Around here, in the neighbourhoods of Santos and Alcântara, briefly fashionable clubs and bars blazed a docklands trail for artists, designers and gallerists to come. Waterside chic still sprouts in patches. I wandered over waste lots behind the shells of half-demolished warehouses and came across a seedy bingo hall.

Yet the regeneration game gathers pace, and nowhere faster than at the LX Factory. In the shadow of the bridge, this barrack-like complex was built to house textile workshops in 1846. Now there’s a warren of new businesses, from design studios and courtyard cafés to the cavernous Ler Devagar (“Read Slowly”) bookshop. Housed in a former print works, with a bar inside, this temple to the arts shelves its eclectic stock high up into lofty rafters in a vast hall presided over by a flying-bicycle sculpture.

Compared to the studied cool of its post-industrial counterparts in Shoreditch, Barcelona or Berlin, the LX still has sacks of the offbeat, slightly reclusive, charm that old Lisbon made its trademark – and the renovated waterfront will surely retain. As the line from Leonard Cohen’s “Anthem”, emblazoned on a bar facade here, puts it: “There is a crack in everything… That’s how the light gets in.”

Plan a Vacation in Croatia Ideas

The concept of chartering a sailing yacht for spending a vacation on the sea is getting popular as more and more people are opting for this idea instead of traditional holiday travel. Chartering a yacht from a reputed and trustworthy company is important to ensure that you have a pleasant and comfortable sailing vacation in Croatia.

When you are planning a vacation with your complete family, you want to go somewhere where you will be able to relax and spend some quality time with your family without the distractions of your routine life. It is always better to visit a place which is away from the daily hustle bustle of routine life and where you will be able to enjoy the beauty of nature in its natural glory. Water always has a soothing and calming effect on our minds and therefore a trip where you will be able to able to be near the crystal blue ocean seems to be one of the best options for a family vacation.

If you are a fan of sailing then you can plan a vacation in Croatia bychartering a sailing yacht. This way you and your family will be able to enjoy your vacation where no one can disturb you with work related problems and you will be able to be connected if you wish to do so. This will give you an opportunity to bond with your family in a setting which is nothing but amazing. Chartering a yacht will offer you the flexibility of enjoying your vacation as per your wish.

Advantages of chartering a sailing yacht for your vacation:

  • The flexibility of enjoyment and stay for your vacation.
  • Complete privacy as only your family and the crew will be present on the yacht and no one else will be able to disturb you and your family.
  • As the yacht will be managed by experienced and trained crew, you will have nothing to do except enjoy and relax with crystal blue water around you.
  • As the yacht will be at your disposal for the prescribed period, you can plan your own route with the help of the skipper so that you will be able to visit places which are not covered in commercial routes.
  • You will be able to enjoy the comfort and luxury of your own home without having to do any of the chores as the crew members on the yacht will ensure that you stay is comfortable and enjoyable.
  • If you are anexpert in sailing then it is also possible for you to charter a yacht without the crew so that you will be able to enjoy sailing.

However, it is always suggested that you should opt for a skippered yacht so that you can just relax and enjoy the vacation in Croatia and your time with your loved ones.

Tips to Plan a European Vacation

Are you supposing how to plan a European vacation? Are you confounded and strained about how to go about it and where to start? At that point, the best alternative to plan your remarkable European vacations is to take the aid of a travel agent who will help you plan everything from your airplane booking to hotel booking to your touring plan. And all that you will have to do is relax and make the most of your vacation.

At the point when planning a European vacation, all the factors, for example, your European accommodation, transportation and nourishment ought to be considered. You can save some money by booking an all-comprehensive European vacation package. All comprehensive vacations incorporate the expense of meals, hotel, attractions, and transportation all in one cost.

Such an all-comprehensive European vacation helps your vacation to be all the more a pleasure and less inconvenience and at the same time it will also help you save some time and money. Consequently, just thinking how to plan a European vacation won’t assist rather contacting with a travel agent is a great idea and has several advantages. Pick locales that are on your must-see travel rundown, and plan your vacation around that.

The Different Destinations:

Verona, Milan and Venice look completely amazing in the season of early spring. All these three urban communities are situated in Northern Italy. In any case, before starting the journey read a few reviews with respect to when to visit Italy. The winter season of Italy is Balmy and fog in the month of December is regularly reported. Summers in Northern Europe are exceptionally humid. The Southern piece of Italy has not very many tourists in the month of September on account of its dry and hot weather. It is fitting not to visit Italy in July and august as the temperature ascends to forty degrees which turns out to be to a great degree uncomfortable for travelers. If you happen to visit the spot in summers then head towards the coastal regions. It will be an awesome getaway from burning heat.

Getting effective Results of planning:

You can appreciate skiing in the winters. In the Alps winters are similarly nippy and long than summers. The best time to visit italy is in harvest time season when the weather is tolerable. Amid August and July, you can savor the flavorful food of Rome on numerous shacks at the beach as the weather is exceptionally cool amid these months. You’ll likely as of now be acquainted with numerous pasta dishes, the considerable pizzas and the stunning ice creams. However, until you’ve tasted them in Italy, you don’t realize what you’ve been absent! This is a spot that really is fantastic. When you see it for the first occasion when, you’ll scarcely have the capacity to trust your eyes.

If you wish to spend your holidays in tuscany, then first thing to arrange is where to stay in tuscany. One of the factors you have to consider is the place where you will stay. This assumes a vital part as your picked place will deal with you after your entire trip on day time and on your possessions while you are out. Selecting where to stay in Tuscany comes in various perspectives yet every one of them will without a doubt give you advantages. Pick the best Tuscany settlement which is close to your objective site. Traveling must likewise be advantageous on your side. A Tuscany villa vacation has such a great amount to offer the tourist in the method for adaptability and adaptability and in addition independence with their vacation.