The Trials and Tribulations of Writing a Book While Traveling by Dan Zambonini

A home made laptop stand

Photos and text by Dan Zambonini

I started a year long sabbatical from work in May 2010. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to write the technical book that was bursting out of me – the accumulated experience of growing a successful web company for ten years. It didn’t sound particularly difficult. 75,000 words is certainly a lot, but surely even a slow writer can muster 1,000 words a day and complete the manuscript in an easy three months? Okay, perhaps four months if the travel gets in the way...

Suffice it to say, that eighteen months later I’ve just completed the book (A Practical Guide to Web App Success), at an average of about 100 words a day. It turns out that traveling and writing aren’t made for each other, no matter how much Mark Twain’s writings had convinced me otherwise.

After a short relaxing start in Arizona, we headed south. Six weeks in a secluded Mexican fishing village sounded like the perfect getaway for a budding author. No distractions.

Also, however: no air conditioning. In July and August.

Before we arrived, I had pictured myself in a Twain-esque white suit, reclining on a wicker chair as I cheerily tapped out multiple chapters on my thoroughly modern MacBook. The reality [warning: remainder of sentence contains scenes that some readers may find disturbing] found me sitting on a plastic picnic chair in my underwear, with a t-shirt under my wrists to stop the steady stream of sweat from getting into the laptop.

Mexican Kitten
Mexican Kitten

The humidity would rise at night, making it impossible to sleep. Even on the ever-so-slightly cooler nights we would be tortured by the a cappella lizard family that lived in our wall, and the stray kitten who would bring us millipedes, egg-sac-endowed spiders, and whatever else she could find for her entertainment.

Sleep deprivation and extreme heat aren’t a good combination for accurate technical writing. I have a feeling that some of those early chapters originally sounded like Hunter S. Thompson reciting a Microsoft DOS manual from memory, before my skillful editor thankfully rescued them.

It didn’t improve much as we headed to South East Asia.

Laos became one of our favourite countries of the trip, but it’s not the best place to write a technical book. It’s one of the poorest countries in the region, with more than three quarters of the population living under the international poverty line of $2 a day. Deforestation is quickly destroying their spectacular environment, and unexploded ordnance contaminates more than half the country’s land.

Obviously I feel utterly ridiculous following those statements up with a complaint about not being able to effectively write my book while temporarily visiting their struggling country, but with that self-realisation and caveat in mind, I’ll continue.

The main problem for authors in Laos is not the heat or the sparsely sprinkled internet access, but the beer. For a start, it’s good. Beerlao Dark, in particular, is wonderful. And strong.

So what?”, you might say, “Georges Remi managed to knock out a few Tin Tins in his time and he lived in a country with an abundance of strong beer.” (Note to self: the phrase “knock out a Tin Tin” sounds usefully multi-purpose.)

The real problem is that not only is the beer good, but it’s also nearly always cheaper than bottled water – and it’s best not to drink the tap water in Laos. When you’re ordering lunch in the midday sun and you can quaff a huge bottle of delicious beer for less than the price of a small bottle of water, it’s difficult to decline. And that makes it impossible to get much done for the rest of the day. In my defence, we were there over the Christmas period, so it wasn’t quite as decadent as it sounds.

Amy and some Beerlao
Amy and some Beerlao

We spent the last two months of our trip in Thailand.

Bangkok is a technologically advanced city, with some of the largest shopping malls in the world. Of course, we decided not to spend the majority of our time in Bangkok, but on the outskirts of the jungles in the North.

This is a place where our local ice cream shop was technically open for twelve hours a day, but they would run out of ice cream about two hours after opening, every single day. They then proceeded to try to sell you some kind of ice cream ‘alternative’ - most often, a hamburger.

What I’m trying to get at is that it wasn’t particularly easy to buy things. The narrow desk in our room wasn’t designed to comfortably fit a laptop and keyboard, so we went looking for a laptop stand. Fat chance. I ended up balancing my MacBook on three toilet rolls – certainly the cheapest (and most environmentally friendly) laptop stand I’ve ever used.

A home made laptop stand
A home made laptop stand

It got to the point where, unable to find appropriate clothing to buy, Amy was making t-shirts out of… pillowcases. I’m not evil enough to post the photos, but the rectangular nature of pillowcases inevitably meant that the shoulders would have two large points sticking out of them, like a bad Gary Glitter costume. And the last person you want to be mistaken for in Thailand is Gary Glitter...

Now, go check out the book!

4 Tips for Traveling Without Reducing your Neurotic Parents into Nervous, Gibbering Wrecks by A Tramp Abroad

Photo of Vietnam by Amy Thibodeau

Photo of Vietnam by Amy Thibodeau

By Mike Curtis

“Mum, I’m going to go to a Malaria hot spot, strip naked, create several open wounds, and then I’m going to play football, hopefully in a minefield. I may also take time to snort the local chicken droppings before attempting to undermine a violent dictatorship with nothing more than a megaphone and my cheeky personality”

Not actually what I said – I actually just told her that I’m going backpacking across Asia – but judging by her reaction, this is what she chose to hear.

Now, this is by no means an unusual reaction in my neck of the woods – I grew up in deepest darkest Norfolk, England. Which, for those who have never heard of it (everyone) is historically remote farmer country. I’m quite confident that Tolkien based his Hobbits on us. People from London are considered ‘strange and exotic’, and anything further afield is viewed only by most through the prism of Rupert-Murdoch-o-vision. So, of course I was going to get off the plane and immediately get SUPER-SARS and die instantly.

So, for those of you who want to travel half the world and nearly get married by accident (that’s another post) but don’t want to make your Mummy cry while your doing it, I’d like to provide my handy little guide.

1) For gods sake, remember birthdays

Ironically, considering her concern for my safety, if I forgot my Sisters birthday, my Mum would fly out east and kill me herself, to hell with local dangers. Hallmarks Personalised Birthday Cards bailed me out, when all other hope was lost.

2) Finally accept that Facebook request

It’s not like your folks are going to know how to use it, anyway. That picture of you passed out in your Yom Tom at 7am in Vang Vieng goes from embarrassing to effortless proof that you live. Sort of.

3) Skype

Not to actually use, mind. But when your Mum can’t get the video call working, she’ll automatically assume it’s her fault. And not that you completely forgot and aren’t online.

4) Leave a bit of emergency money

And instructions for how to use a moneygram service. They’ll feel better if you have some means to help you out, even if you don’t need it.

Mike Curtis returned to Merry old Blighty after spending 3 months being very, very lost in Asia. He now works for Uswitch, comparing gas and electricity prices. Forever.

Distant Kenya I Dreamed About and Visited by Aneda Antanaviciute

Jambo mama Africa

Photos and text by by Aneda Antanaviciute

As a teenager I read a lot. One of my favourite books was "Born Free" by an English author Joy Adamson. She is a famous traveller who lived in Africa with her husband, Kenya's wildlife protection inspector, for many years and wrote an interesting story about a lioness Elsa and her cubs. She details and describes the habits, behaviour and reactions to the environment of the people raising the lion cub and later of the adult lioness living in the wild with her cubs. It was this book that helped me create a dream to see the distant Africa and its nature, safari and animals living there.

Last year, in November the dream suddenly materialized. In the vastness of the Internet in search of a relaxing trip I found one agency offering a two week holiday in an exotic and distant Kenya for a relatively low price. After a short discussion and some doubt on the reliability of this offer a mutual decision was made to go. The hardest part of the trip were two flights lasting more than 14 hours from Kaunas to London and from London to Mombasa and the inevitable fatigue due to long, uncomfortable seating and swelling legs. But the idea to see a distant land provided more excitement.

First impressions on arrival

First impression: pretty small airport of Mombasa, stuffy and long queues to obtain a visa in Kenya. We reached the hotel we stayed in by bus and just when we entered the room the first action was to inspect the bathroom – it was clean; and when we opened the door to the balcony overlooking the Indian Ocean the view was amazing.

Ocean View

Second impression: where is the water? We had a first close-up view of an interesting natural rhythm: low water in the middle of the day and floods just after lunch. Tempted by curiosity some of us went walking on the bottom of the exposed beach. It was covered with stones, grass, and you could perfectly see the fauna of the ocean in the shallow water - various fishes, dangerous hedgehog plantations, crabs in the burrows, many small shells, sea stars, and since one of the locals volunteered to show us around, he not only caught the creatures, but gave us a lot of information about ocean animals. Since it so very interesting we didn’t even notice that we went so far from the hotel that on our way back we realized we made a fundamental mistake - staying too long in the sun made our bodies red. When we later started to painfully peel out off the old skin - we jokingly named this experience a walk in Hell Safari.

Acquaintance with the locals

In the evening, when the ocean "returned" we all finally had a good swim and then started to look around. Where were we: what are the local people, prices, traditions, entertainment, travel deals. Kenya's ethnic population diversity is very high, over 40 tribes, each with its own language, but most locals are fluent in English, and among themselves use a common tongue - Swahili.

People in the Water

In the beginning, seeing that we had just arrived traders were quite active offering their products - headscarves, paintings, cruises and safaris, bone and wooden souvenirs, art wares and jewellery for an excessively high price. However, during further communication they realized that we are not Germans and not English and they became more accommodating. When we told them where we were from our story was followed by their jolly laughter - because Lithuania has a smaller population than their capital Nairobi.

Local residents addressed a woman “Madame” or “Mama” and the men were addressed as “Papa”. At first I was a little surprised because it's strange to hear it when you don’t have children, but then I got used to it. When I plaited my hair into nearly three hundred braids the entire beach began greeting me with joy - "Jambo Mama Africa". I liked to see that elderly tourists are very respected, cared for and protected here. Most of the locals are good-natured and kind to the surrounding people, as they say if they behaved otherwise, this would reduce per capita income from tourism and sales.

On the beach in a local agency, we ordered as many as three trips: 2-day sightseeing trip in Mombasa ($ 200), one day Safari in Tsavo East National Park ($ 150), and a holiday trip to Vasinio Island ($ 60) with diving ($ 60) and snorkeling.

Fish
Fish

I recommend booking trips from official travel companies’ employees who are wearing a tee-shirt with the logo, otherwise you may be left without money and travel.

A Trip in Mombasa

Frankly this city didn‘t make an impression on me - there is no extraordinary architecture, only uproar in the market, mess and piles of trash lying on the ground in some places in the middle of the city that is a real eyesore, and unpleasant odours that make you turn away your nose while passing by. My impression: huge dark mess. The majority of the population is Muslim – Mijikenda is an ethnic group, so taking pictures is not recommended, in order to avoid possible conflict. The city is built on an island, so the water flowing from the water supply is the salty Indian Ocean water, and fresh bottled water comes from the Kilimanjaro. I had an opportunity to watch as in the evening the city is flooded with a large crowd of people who live in small towns near Mombasa and only work in the city. The same thing also happens in the morning.

Swimming

Nightlife in Mombasa is different – the young have fun in the clubs and dress in style.

In the discos people dance till dawn, and I as an outsider was very interested in monitoring their communication, their original dances and the relations between young local girls and older Europeans.

The Long Awaited Safari

In Africa going on Safari in Swahili means "a journey": it is the refusal of civilization amenities in the name of the wilderness. And I always wanted to see African wildlife at close range.

Tsavo East National Park is one of the oldest and largest parks in Kenya, its total area is 11,747 square kilometres. It was opened in 1948, the park is located near the village of Voi. The park is divided into eastern and western parts. It was named after the Tsavo River, which flows from the West to the East through the National Park, bordering with Chyulu Hills National Park and Mkomazi Game Reserve in Tanzania.

The park is accessible only through the three main gates: Manyani, near the village of Voi, Bachuma if you arrive from Mombasa or from Malindi side. Our group of travellers arrived at the park through Bachuma gate. A ticket for one person costs $ 50 for a period of 24 hours. Several local merchants were waiting at the gate rather obsessively offering to sell headgear - a sunscreen safari hat for a much higher price than usual. You must always negotiate.

Most of the park vegetation is semi-arid grasslands and savanna. It is believed that it is one of the world's biodiversity strongholds, and its popularity has led to large quantities of various wild animals. As a result of this you can see the famous "big five" animals, which are the Masai lion, black rhino, buffalo, elephant and leopard. We were lucky and we saw giraffes, elephant herds, herds of buffalos, a leopard, a lioness lying lazily in the bushes, gazelles and various small animals, zebras, ostriches, monkeys, varans, even some wild birds from a close-up.

But if one has enough financial resources I would recommend visiting the Masai Mara - it is the most popular.

Entertainment & Leisure

Travelling to and from the Vasinio Island we had a chance to see a completely different picture - isolated villages and areas rarely visited by tourists, and we could see the fragments of Muslim religious festivals held there. Underwater World was perhaps not as impressive as in the Red Sea, but we liked the excursion with the sea turtles, watching exotic fishes and admiring coral reefs.

Playing on the Beach

Having returned to the hotel after long journeys we simply relaxed on the beach, and later each individually chose mini-trips around on the boat, beach picnics or a visit to the local villages and nearby crocodile farm. The most delicious food - fresh seafood – was served in the nearby Coco beach. All hotels took care of evening entertainment for their guests: snake shows, acrobats, music and dancing.

The more you travel in this country, the more African colours you can see – from poverty and trash lying in the middle of the city to nicely handled private or park areas, but I was most charmed by the wild nature of Kenya and somewhat shocked by significant difference between daytime and night-life in Mombasa. Cultural differences could be felt most while communicating with the locals.

I am glad that I had an opportunity to see this country, expand my horizons, and gain new experience.

Hakuna matata – no problems (whatever happens it is like a declared philosophy of their life)

Pole, pole – slowly, slowly. i.e. leisurely, and we – Europeans always look like we're on the run in their eyes.

Caribbean – welcome; Asante sana – thank you very much; Tafadali – please,

Habari shepherds? – How are you?; Mzuri sana – very good.

I wish you all to visit it and say:

Jambo, Africa! – Hello, Africa!

Written by Aneda Antanaviciute. She was born in 1977 and grew up in Klaipeda, Lithuania. From an early age, she was interested in photography, books and travel. All the photos in this post were taken and belong to Aneda.

Tricks and Tips for Dealing with Jet Lag by Amy Thibodeau

 2/36 by BCNlife

 2/36 by BCNlife

By Amy Thibodeau

I've been a little bit quiet here for awhile, in part because of the topic of this post: travel and jet lag. A few weeks back I had the fortune of being flown by one of the world's top companies from Vietnam to San Francisco for a day in their very sweet offices, then I promptly flew half way around the world back to South East Asia.

Let me break the journey down for you a little bit: I was in Hoi An on the central coast of Vietnam. I departed Hoi An on a Saturday at noon and arrived in Hanoi about an hour later. I had twelve hours in Hanoi and at 11:30 in the evening, I flew to Seoul, arriving at about 5 in the morning local time. I had a 12 hour layover in Seoul and then I boarded an eleven hour flight to San Francisco where I arrived on Sunday at noon. Including layovers, we're talking close to 30 hours in transit. On Monday I had my meeting from 10 am until 5 pm. On Tuesday morning I got back on a plane and flew 15 hours to Hong Kong where I had a three hour layover, and then I took the shorter hop to Bangkok, arrving at midnight on Wednesday.

Given this intensive traveling schedule, plus the need to be in good form when I arrived in San Francisco, I set out to do a little bit of research on some of the best ways to combat jet lag.

The Truth About Jet Lag

Jet lag is the result of a number of factors. Most obviously, it is caused from the simple fatigue of being awake for long periods of time with opportunities for only limited poor quality sleep. For those people crossing date lines and moving from day into night into day it is also disorienting and disrupts our circadian rhythm, which is that bit of our internal compass that gauges what our body is meant to be doing based on our responsiveness to light. Finally, there are physiological stresses caused by being forced to keep your body basically immobile for hours at a time - often in cramped conditions - the dry, cool, recirculated air in a plane, the generally low quality, high sodium foods (which help to contribute to dehydration) and even the benefits like watching films on an entertainment unit in a dark space can cause your eyes to burn.

Travel is wonderful, but long haul flights can wreak havoc on your body and can take days and even weeks to recover from. The sad truth of the matter is that how you react to jet lag very much depends on your unique physiology, but there are some things you can do to try to minimize the discomfort and exhaustion your body will experience.

How to be a Jet Lag Conqueror

#1 If you can, pick a good airport for your layovers

The biggest thing that saved me on this long journey was a factor that people often don't have the ability to control: my twelve hour layover en route to San Francisco was in the Seoul Incheon Airport, which is incredibly well equipped to deal with stranded travelers. This was by far the best airport experience I've ever had with an entire system of amenities and comforts designed for my needs including: free hot private showers, free wifi and even a bank of computers available for use, a television/movie room and a chill out area with lounger style couches you are invited to lay down and sleep on. There is also a vast array of good eating choices, a pharmacy, plenty of shops to keep you busy and, if all of the above isn't enough, you can book into their on-site hotel on an hourly basis at fairly reasonable rates (I didn't do this because I was pretty happy with the range of freebies).

In contrast, the day before I spent ten hours in the Hanoi airport. It was cold, the bathrooms were few and far between, there was no airport map to even work out what services were available, the food choices were limited, poor quality and over priced, the service was quite abrupt, and there was nowhere comfortable to sit. It was a nightmare airport for anyone stuck there for any length of time.

My time in Seoul passed quickly and it involved lots of naps, good food and a hot shower. It isn't always possible to be choosy, but if you have a long layover and you have a choice of airports to be stuck in, do some research and try to pick the one that will offer you the most comfort.

Sushi, Seoul Airport by Amy Thibodeau

Sushi, Seoul Airport by Amy Thibodeau

#2 Stay Hydrated

Airplanes and airports are dry places. They're filled with extensively hot or cold air that is circulated and then recirculated throughout the space with no moisture added. Add to this the reality that airplane and airport food tends to be high in salt and preservatives and that most long haul flights serve free booze and your skin and insides are basically being turned into this:

Dried Apple Face Doll from Antique Mall by Lulala13

Dried Apple Face Doll from Antique Mall by Lulala13

Drinking water and avoiding caffeine and alcohol will go a long way towards keeping your body hydrated, which should keep everything running smoothly and help you avoid the dreaded jet lag hangover, which I suspect has as much to do with dehydration as with fatigue.

If possible, I always buy a big bottle of overpriced water once I'm through security to take on the flight with me - unfortunately sometimes my good efforts are thwarted by secondary security screenings that are added without warning right before boarding. I also try to reserve an aisle seat, which allows me the freedom of multiple trips to the bathroom without annoying my neighbours.

"Stay hydrated as much as possible and when you arrive at your destination, do NOT go to sleep.  Instead, walk around...go sightseeing...keep yourself busy.  Otherwise, you will go to the hotel, fall asleep and miss half of the day.  I think your body has to adjust to the time change organically, so switching gears to the new time zone will be a kinder transition for your body and will prevent jet lag." Renee King, A View to a Thrill.

#3 When you Arrive at Your Destination Don't Sleep Until an Appropriate Time

Or if you do, set your alarm and make sure it's just a short nap to keep you from crashing into things.

This can be incredibly hard, especially if you arrive at your destination in the morning or early afternoon, because it means that you have an entire day to get through. But understand that if you succumb to that sweet urge to pull the blinds and sleep the day away, you will likely spend the entire night wandering, cursing and watching infomercials on television. And then you'll find yourself just as exhausted and out of synch the following day.

When I arrived in San Francisco at noon I had a 45 minute rest and then I forced myself to get up and go for a long walk. The sunshine, the fresh air and the motion made me feel at least partially present in my new time zone and as a result I was able to go to sleep at 9 in the evening and sleep right through until nearly 7 am.

#4 Take Advantage of the Free Facial Product Samples in the Duty Free Shops

This is one of my favorite tips and it is linked to staying hydrated. With security regulations about flying with liquids and gels, it is really hard to bring enough supplies to keep everything moisturized for a long haul journey. I see Duty Free Shops as my answer to this problem and generally, they are so busy that the shop clerks leave you alone to test products to your heart's content.

My skin care regime is decidedly drug store, but Duty Free has everything from Body Shop brands to high end La Mer, Dior and everything in-between - and best of all, there are samples of all of these things just waiting to be tried out. During my latest marathon trip, I developed a routine in every new airport of first heading to the bathroom to wash my face, then directly to Duty Free where I generally used a light alcohol free toner or spritzer to refresh my skin, followed by any number of lovely, creamy products to make my skin feel loved. And don't forget to take care of your hands too. Many Duty Free Shops also carry little sample kits that you can pick up fairly inexpensively if you want to bring some of the luxury with you onto your flight.

But please, on behalf of fellow allergy sufferers everywhere, stay away from the perfumes. It is not a good idea to test drive pungent chemical smells before climbing into a tiny enclosed space where dozens of people will be forced to smell you for hours.

#5 Bring Supplies

Planning is key to having a good flying experience. Noisy children and snoring neighbours are a factor of flying and it is your job to make sure you are well positioned to deal with them. My list of must have items includes:

  • Earplugs or noise canceling headphones (that are comfortable)
  • An eye mask to block out light if you decide to try and sleep
  • A small bottle of thick lotion for hands and face
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • An iPod with podcasts and relaxing ambient sounds (ocean sounds are my favorite)
  • Something to read for when you can't use electronic devices
  • A neck pillow
  • If you are prone to sinus headaches when flying like I am, it's good to keep some kleenex and some Tylenol on hand

#6 Wear Loose Clothing

I am always surprised when I see people wearing tight fitting clothing on a long haul flight, especially tights, pantyhose or tight jeans. When you're on a plane, sitting still for hours, your body fluids actually pool in your feet and legs and this can cause swelling. You can help to counter act this by taking the time to get up and move around every few hours and by not wearing anything that will cut off your circulation.

Years ago one of my best friends and I had a conversation that concluded with the resolution that if you go out in public wearing pajama bottoms or sweat pants and the gym isn't involved, you've given up. Seriously. There's no excuse to go for groceries in your Looney Tunes pajamas. But I would add one other exception to this rule and that's long haul flights. Unless you're Victoria Beckham and are expecting a flood of paparazzi at the other end, dress for comfort. And I suspect even she brings a change of comfortable clothes to wear during the flight.

#7 Rest Your Eyes

On long haul flights I always wrestle with a strange, almost obsessive desire to watch movies for the entire flight. One of the first things I do after getting up in the air is scroll through the movie listings to plan what I'm going to watch. Under normal circumstances, I would probably never watch more than one movie in a row, but in an airplane I can watch four, even six movies. Bad movies. The romantic comedies that I would never, ever choose to watch in my life off-airplane.

On my last set of flights I resisted this inclination and only watches a few movies, spreading them out with breaks over the duration of the flight and it made such a difference to the condition of my eyes when I landed. Instead of having red, stinging eyes, I was mostly okay. Remember when your mom told you that it's bad to watch television in the dark? Well, it's extra bad to watch television in the dark for ten hours, in an environment where your eyes are dry, with your face about a foot and a half away from the screen.

The latest Jennifer Aniston movie will still be there waiting for you, whether or not you manage to catch it on your long haul flight.

#8 Don't Boredom Eat

This list of tips should really be called 'The List of Things I Almost Always Do When Flying That Make Me Sick Yet I Continue to do Them ... Over and Over Again" but that wouldn't be very catchy. Everything about being in an airplane or airport is designed to bore you. There is nothing to do but wait and then wait some more. Add to this that you are probably psychologically between six different time zones and your body doesn't know whether it's time for breakfast or cocktail hour and it is really easy to try to make time move by eating.

It also doesn't help that it feels like airlines are always trying to feed you on long haul flights. First it's nuts and cookies, then it's dinner and desert, a few hours later there's usually a light snack, followed shortly by breakfast ... and all of this is interspersed by opportunities to drink sugary or boozy drinks. I used to accept everything offered to me by a flight attendant, even dinners that I knew contained things that were completely unappealing to me. And then I'd feel guilty about wasting food and would eat what I was given, despite a complete lack of enjoyment.

How often do you normally eat during an average day? Try to keep track of 24 hour intervals and don't allow yourself to eat much more then you would in your regular, non long haul flight routine. All that food isn't good for you and it will add to your feeling of bloat and dehydration once you land. Think of all the nice things you can have when your journey is over - it is usually worth the wait.

"Not often talked about when discussing jet lag are toiletry routines.  Some people say “ I don’t get jet lag, but boy I haven’t been to the loo for a coupe of days”!! This is jet-lag!! Whatever is required get your system operating fully – I always take before departure and on arrival “Metamucil” which prevents the buildup of too much wind in your system. The build-up of wind can be a major issue during long flights!! Lovely subject!" John, France - the French Way

How It Went

Despite my crazy schedule, it only took me about 24 hours to recover from my whirlwind travel schedule once I was back in Thailand. I won't be lining up to take on that kind of back to back long haul travel again for awhile but I generally think that being just a little bit more aware of the things I can do to help my body adjust while traveling made a huge difference.

Do you have any tips to beat jet lag? I'd love to hear them in the comments.