Rustic Pathways CEO on Surviving Red Eye Flights

Rustic Pathways CEO Chris Stakich knows a thing or two about travel.  Rustic Pathways offers students more than 100 travel experiences in 21 countries. More than 11,000 students traveled with Rustic Pathways in 2017 across summer, spring break, gap year, college, and Critical Issues programs.  Chris spends a lot of time visiting program locations and ensuring the best gap year travel experiences.  He loves his work, but he doesn’t love overnight travel.

Although many business travelers avoid red-eye travel like the plague, for others it is simply the more efficient and cost-effective way to maximize travel time.  “Not only do you save money on hotel rooms and lower plane ticket prices, but you get a full day of productivity when you land at your final destination,” says Travis Parker, COO of IRA Bitcoin, a financial services company based in Calabasas, California, specializing in IRA and 401(k) transfers into bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

Have you ever ridden on a red eye flight? They sound horrible. However, there are actually some reasons it may be worth flying on them. You may also have no choice to take a red eye flight during your next business trip.

Here are some things that you should know about red eye flights. They may not be as bad as you think, but it is a good idea to follow some general guidelines. Here are some tips from Rustic Pathways CEO, Chris Stakich.

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1.      Minimize the Effects of Jet Lag

Jet lag can be brutal during a long trip, especially if you are traveling from West to East. Taking a red eye flight can make the problem a lot worse if you don’t follow the right protocols.

Fortunately, there are a lot of ways that you can minimize or even eliminate the effects of jet lag during an overnight flight. Here are some tips from United Airlines:

  • Try to get a window seat and bring a plush pillow. This will make it easier to fall asleep on the flight, which will make the trip go by easier. You may feel almost no jet lag if you fall asleep on the flight, because seeing the first rays of sun the next morning will help reset your circadian rhythms.
  • Try to drink a little bit of water during your trip to keep from being dehydrated. However, you don’t want to drink too much water, because it will be tough to fall asleep.
  • Wear loose clothing, so you can rest more easily.

Red eye flights don’t need to make your jet lag worse. If you are able to sleep on the plane, you may feel less jet lag than if you took a day flight.

2.      Make Sure that You Have a Safe Way to Get to the Airport

You don’t want to be wandering around a large city late at night, especially if you are a woman. You want to find a safe way to get to the airport. If you have to drive, try to park on the same floor that you will enter the airport at. You don’t want to have to worry about running into any creepy people in the parking garage.

3.      Try to Keep a Positive Outlook

If you have a negative perspective on your flight, you will feel a lot worse about it. You will want to try to see it as a good opportunity. Think about how pleasant your flight will be with so few people there. You won’t have to hear many crying kids on your trip and the flight attendants won’t be bothering you as much.  Frequent traveler

4.      Follow an Appropriate Nighttime Diet

You want to make your overnight flight as comfortable as possible. One of the most important things that you can do is follow the right diet. Try to eat food that is limited in sugars and spices. You also want to eat manageable portions, so you don’t have indigestion. This will not only make your flight go more smoothly, but also make it easier to fall asleep.