Seven Tips To Help You Cope With Tiredness On A Long Journey

Whether you are traveling by train, bus, car or another form of transport, long journeys can be truly exhausting, and the difficulties in resting properly while also remaining focused on your journey can be a difficult balancing act. This will often leave people struggling to stay awake  by the time they reach their destination, and this can be worse for those who are crossing one or more time zones during their journey. Here are a few tips that may help you to avoid the worst of the tiredness that comes when you are taking a long overland trip.


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    Drink Plenty Of Water

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    One of the features of many buses and trains is that they will have an integrated air-conditioning system, and as a part of the way this will work it will actually draw some of the moisture from the air within the cabin or the carriages. The effect of this for those who are spending a fairly long time on the bus or train is that they can get dehydrated, and this has a physical effect on the body, so making sure that you drink plenty of water and keep hydrated will help to deal with the tiredness caused by the loss of water.


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    Break Up Your Journey Into Shorter Legs

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    Many people will want to go directly from one place to another on their trip, regardless of how  long it will take to get to that final destination. One way of avoiding the exhausting effects of such a long journey is to spend a day or two at a point that is on the way from your starting point to the destination. The great benefit of this is that not only will you not feel as tired, you will also get to enjoy two destinations during your vacation rather than just the one. For example, those traveling from the United States to Europe may find that Iceland is a great place to spend a few days before taking the onward journey.


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    Maintain Your Normal Diet As Much As Possible

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    Another of the aspects of long journeys that add to the tiredness that people will feel is that the food that is available from retailers and restaurants along the route of the journey can be very different to what people will eat at other times. From wanting to save money to the fact that options on such journeys are generally less healthy than a normal diet, one great idea is to take food with you where possible and to keep your diet and mealtimes as close to your normal routine as possible, which will help to avoid the affects of a change in diet on your body.


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    Give Yourself Time To Relax At Each End Of The Journey

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    A common mistake for those who tackle long journeys is that they will not give themselves sufficient time to prepare before they travel and particularly not giving themselves recovery time after arriving at the destination. Planning for tiredness and knowing that you have a good night's sleep before and after the journey will help to mitigate the effects of the tiring factors of long distance travel.


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    Arrange A Private Room At Your Destination

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    Another of the things that can help people to relax and recover from a long journey is to have a private room for at least one night after arriving at their destination. Long distance journeys are exhausting, and for those who are on a budget it can be tempting to book a hostel bed at the destination, but the truth is that the quality of sleep in a hotel room will usually be much better than that you can get in a noisy hostel dorm.


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    Interact With Your Fellow Passengers

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    Boredom is one of the most tiring parts of long distance travel, and while you can look out of the window and enjoy the scenery for a part of  the journey, this will often become tiring itself, so one way of staying awake and alert is to engage your fellow passengers. This can feel a little odd to begin with, but you will soon find yourself eager to learn more about those traveling with you and why they are traveling, and also wanting to tell them more about you and your trip too.


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    From the snapping ache when your head bounces back as you nod off to not being able to find a comfortable position as you travel, there are a lot of factors that can stop you from falling asleep. However, if you can sleep as you travel, taking an inflatable travel pillow and a lightweight blanket or sleeping bag can help you to break up the journey and arrive at your destination in much better condition.