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8 Ways To Get Over Your Jetlag
05 Jul 2018IDEASBY SweetEscape

You may not realize how powerful the time zone tiredness can be. Our bodies are naturally programmed to do all kinds of activity in 24 hours which create routines like eating and sleeping, called circadian rhythm. But when we travel to a place with different time zone, our circadian rhythm becomes disrupted and that leads to a range of symptoms which include extreme tiredness, loss of appetite, indigestion problems, and difficulty concentrating.

Post-holiday blues are real, and jet lag makes it worse. Here are some tips for minimizing the occurrence of jet lag and getting back to your daily routine, all while restoring you circadian rhythm.

by Polina for SweetEscape in Rome

1. Take It Easy

You know that it will take you a few days to be back in a normal groove, so take it as easy as possible. Do things that make you happy and your body relax. Go for a slow walk, take a bubble bath, cozy up yourself and watch a movie.

2. Say No to Coffee and Yes to Water

Avoid coffee and other caffeine-heavy beverages such as cola and energy drinks. Caffeine has artificial stimulants which will affect your ability to sleep and increase jet lag recovery time. Also, caffeine dehydrates you, whereas your body functions best when it’s hydrated. So opt for only water (and lots of it!) to reduce the effects of jet lag.

3. Eat!

Calorie deficit will make jet lag even worse. Eat small meals frequently with lots of healthy food and avoid sugar as much as you can.

4. Sleep Whenever It’s Time to Sleep

No matter how tire you are, you’ve got to stay awake if it’s not bed time. This will help your body get used to the new time zone as quickly as possible.

by Ken for SweetEscape in Sydney

5. Do Light Therapy

Expose yourself to bright daylight to get your circadian rhythm back on track. It’s one of the scientifically-proven ways for beating jet lag.

6. Get Some Exercise

We understand that exercise may be the last thing you want to do in the midst of jet lag. But exercising can boost your endorphins, help reset your body clock while reducing the symptoms of jet lag.

7. Take Hot & Cold Showers

Take a cold shower in the evening, and a warm shower in the morning. The release of melatonin, the sleep regulation hormone, can be triggered by temperature changes in the body.

8. Turn Your Phone Off

Stop checking your phone when it’s bed time! Looking at your phone during the night wires your brain up, especially if you’re not really tired. Turn it off so you can have a peaceful, deep sleep.

So, instead of being sad over the end of your vacation and being miserable over the jet lag, with a little preparation and know-how, you can beat the holiday jet lag. Those simple tips hopefully will keep you from feeling like a sad zombie after you’re holiday’s over.

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THE LION KING: 5 Most Beautiful Savannas In The World
20 Jun 2019PLACESBY SweetEscape

At the mention of the word ‘savanna', your mind probably wanders to the vast grassy plains of Africa. But do you know that there are actually a few savannas in the world that are worthy of your attention? Even more surprising, some of the best ones are located in Indonesia, ready to be explored to your heart’s content. To celebrate the release of the new Disney's Photo-Realistic Animation THE LION KING, let's unleash our inner Simba or Nala, it’s time to roam here in our 5 picks of the most beautiful savannas in the world:

1. Real Life Lion King

Serengeti (Africa)

by Chelsey for SweetEscape in Cape Town

Said to be a major inspiration to the movie Lion King, the Serengeti which is located near Cape Town in South Africa, goes as far as the eye can see- and then some more. The seemingly endless grassland is located in Tanzania, Africa and is one of Africa’s most classic safari destinations. It’s the home of the Big Five, over 500 species of birds and Africa’s most well-known great wildebeest migration.

With countless tour packages available for your choosing, more and more attractions are introduced including hot air balloon, camping, walking safaris and so on. Excitement aside, nothing beats the tranquility of just sitting and waiting for sunset or admiring the landscape up close.

2. The Stunning Jewel of Sumba

Puru Kambera, Sumba (Indonesia)

by Virgians for SweetEscape in Sumba
by Virgians for SweetEscape in Sumba

Home to East Sumba’s savanna, the grassland expanse is an iconic jewel that will struck any traveler with an awe-inspiring wonder. Just a 30-minute drive from Waingapu, the open stretches of grassland gets even more dramatic with backdrop of rolling hills at one side and oceanic stretch at the other. Cue in the galloping sandalwood horses and there you have it, the best nature scene one could ever wish for.

In fact, the golden-yellow savanna and blue skies have made the screen plenty of times in the movies. It’s also a highly-requested prewedding location, all thanks to the beach that is adjacent to the meadow with the same name.

3. The Soothing Colors of Nature

Palouse, Washington (USA)

by Fredy for SweetEscape in Seattle

The Palouse is the most serene and pastoral of the seven wonders of the state of Washington. Located in the South-Eastern area of the state some four hours drive from Seattle, the grassland boasts a unique landscape that is also a designated wheat and barley plantations. As the produce matures from time to time, the Palouse changes in colors too, from lush shades of green in Spring to crispy harvest brown in summer.

The meadow is a gem that captivates the hearts of many photographers, ready to hunt for the next most picturesque memory under the sun. One thing is for sure, with such wonderful sight to see, any shot is going to be as good as it gets.

4. Savana Selo

Mount Merbabu National Park, Salatiga (Indonesia)

by Hakim for SweetEscape in Yogyakarta
by Hakim for SweetEscape in Yogyakarta

We’re not kidding when we say some of the best savannas in the world is in Indonesia. Just check out our next contender, Savana Selo that is nicknamed after the pathway to reach it. With the majestic Mount Merbabu near Semarang as the backdrop, you can expect to find a few savanna spots, all with the same exotic yet carefree panorama. The beauty often stops hikers in their tracks, inviting them to take a long rest while absorbing the fresh view it has to offer.

Plenty of other mountains in Indonesia also share the same geographical feature of mountainous savannas. To name a few, there are Mount Sindoro, Mount Lawu, Mount Bromo, Mount Argopura and the list continues! So if you are yet to step foot in Africa or other foreign countries, Nusantara beckons your savanna visit anytime of the day.

5. Pretty in Pink

Nari Park, Seoul (South Korea)

by Hendry for SweetEscape in Seoul

Nothing gets more instagrammable than the stretch of lovely pink savanna in the form of one endless park. Nari Park in Seoul is one of the most visited places in Korea during autumn, the pinkish and violet grass sway dreamily like one huge fluffy carpet.

The pink sea of flowers is not the only thing that you get to enjoy, because Nari Park also houses many different other floral species that share one thing in common : extra prettiness! Just get your camera ready and prepare to experience a day of natural beauty at its finest height.

by Virgians for SweetEscape in Sumba

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