My Top 5 Jetlag Tips When Flying To Dubai

Dubai is my second home. I fly there at least once a quarter, so I naturally go for cheap flights even though I can afford business or first class. But you see, I’m not your regular business traveller. I know you think I’m being miserly or could be losing out on networking opportunities that come with seating with the rich and powerful. Well, I don’t think so. I’ve met some of the most down-to-earth folks in economy and even built significant business relationships with a few. So don’t let anyone deceive you, good things can sure come out of cheap flights to Dubai!

Before talking about jetlag, let me brag a little about my second home. For those who don’t know, Dubai is the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and it prides itself as one of the world’s most elegant cities. To be honest, a lot of people think Dubai is now ‘pure water’ since everybody and anybody can travel there but trust me, this gorgeous city has retained and maintained its luxurious appeal despite the millions of tourists and business travellers that visit annually. Dubai’s main appeal is the ease in getting a visa as well as the cheap flights it offers all year round.

So let’s talk about my jetlag experience. If you’re a frequent traveller like me you’ll assume that your body is accustomed to changing time zones and mind-numbing cabin pressure, but guess what? Your “body no be wood” (apologies to the Late Afrobeat Legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti)! If you don’t prepare for it, your entire trip can be messed up especially if you have a long lay over. Having experienced a few on my frequent cheap flights to Dubai, here are my top five tips on how to deal with possible jetlag.

First, try not to fill up your tummy with too much food before flying. I’ll say that again: eat light, don’t over-eat. There’s a reason I’m putting this as the first cardinal rule of thumb. I know you’ll think the airline might give you shitty food because you’re on a cheap flight to Dubai, but trust me the food is really nice. So just relax and eat something light, you don’t want an upset stomach to ruin your trip.

Second, stay hydrated. Drink a lot of water. Even if you’re not a fan of water – I know it’s weird but there are people who don’t take water unless they really have to – this is a sure path to beating any anticipated jetlag. And the good thing about cheap flights to Dubai is the non-stop availability of water. Even if the food is limited for obvious reasons, they’ll never run out of water.

Third, change your clock to the destination time zone. It’s a perfect way to prepare your mind for where you’re going. There’s a way your body naturally adjusts itself once the body clock resonates with your wrist clock. So this is probably the first thing you should do as soon as you as you get to your seat, before take off.

Another important tip that has worked for me is a deliberate decision to stay away from caffeine and alcohol. Yeah I know it’s natural to ask for coffee so you can keep yourself awake, but trust me, it doesn’t end well. You’ll be amazed at the way your body will turn against you. And whatever you do, stay away from booze. While it’s always a good idea to board cheap flights to Dubai, it’s never a good idea to binge on cheap beer.

Finally, sleep well before flying and avoid sleeping pills. Prevention is always better than cure. So try to always get a good night sleep before flying, it does the magic.

So now that you know how to avoid the jetlag, you shouldn’t miss out on this sweet, cheap flight deal to Dubai. Click here to book!

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