Tips for Avoiding Jet Lag from Frequent Flyer Abigail Tan-Giroud

As Head of St Giles Hotels UK, Europe and North America, Abigail Tan-Giroud, who is also spearheading the group’s expansion plan of 20 hotels by 2020, travels extensively across continents and time zones. Any toddler with a pen would do a better job of mapping her hectic travel schedule than we could – lines going up, down, halfway around and then down, up and around again!

St Giles Insider caught up with her in London, on a very rare moment when her next trip is two weeks away, to learn her secrets to staying energized (hint: sane) while crisscrossing so many time zones.

What’s the craziest itinerary you’ve ever travelled?

I once travelled NYC -> Havana -> NYC -> London -> Kuala Lumpur -> Osaka during a one week period. While in Japan, I travelled Osaka -> Kyoto -> Tokyo then back to Kuala Lumpur and then back home to London. The entire trip took approximately two and half weeks.

Do you ever suffer Jet Lag?

I don’t want to jinx myself, but recently I haven’t had it. Particularly between New York and London, my body seems to automatically adjust – call it a coping mechanism to maintain sanity! But I do take some precautions to avoid it, especially on long trips.

What are some of your tips to avoiding Jet Lag?

  • Drink plenty of water – hydration is key for the body to function optimally when travelling, to avoid fatigue, and to maintain a good metabolism, as well as of course to keep the skin healthy as plane air does dehydrate!

  • When you get on the plane, think in the time zone of the place you are going to i.e. if it’s sleep time at your destination, try to sleep!

  • Don’t oversleep even though it may be tempting sometimes. Wake up at the right time even though you’re exhausted and have only had 5 hours sleep!

If you are interested in understanding the science behind Jet Lag, here is a detailed article from BBC Future on The Science of Jet Lag and How to Beat It.


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