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Kiwis Spread their Wings and Opt to Fly Long Haul

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FEBUARY 2017

Kiwis Spread their Wings and Opt to Fly Long Haul

Cheapflights shares 15 ways to avoid jet lag as data reveals New Zealanders are crossing more time zones

New Zealanders are staying in the air longer with 58 per cent of travellers looking for international destinations that are a six or more-hour flight away, according to the latest data from Cheapflights.co.nz.

In the last six months, more than 650,000 locals searched overseas getaways, and this number is set to increase as a quarter of a million New Zealanders are already looking for international flights in 2017 – two-thirds (67 per cent) selecting long haul destinations over short haul travel (33 per cent).

Nathan Graham, Regional Sales Manager at Cheapflights ANZ, said: “Long haul travel is no longer the bucket list adventure it used to be, with more and more deals now available and making it easier for Kiwis to explore the world.

“This is largely driven by new airlines entering the market with aggressive pricing strategies aimed at gaining quick market share, forcing the opposition to also adjust their fares to compete.”

Despite ‘The Trump Factor’, the US consistently ranks as a top three long haul destination for locals, with return flights as low as $1,275 – making it a relatively affordable option. The findings also reveal long haul favourites like India and the UK are seeing a surge in popularity.

With the number of Kiwis whizzing through time zones increasing, Cheapflights.co.nz has collated its top tips for fighting the travellers’ curse – jet lag – pre, during and post-flight.

Before:

1. West is best - According to experts, by travelling in this direction, you’re extending your day, rather than shortening it (and losing time). It’s easier to stay up later than get to sleep when your body is not ready to rest, so think about your route to maximise your experience.

2. Choose your flight times - Taking flights during quieter times such as midweek, early morning or late at night (and avoiding school holidays) could help. Depending on the route and class of airline, you’ll have more air and space to stretch out.

3. Are you a good sleeper? - Can you sleep on a plane or do you find it impossible to nod off – distracted by fellow passengers, in-flight entertainment and the constant drone of an aircraft cabin? It’s the disruption of your natural rhythm that leads to jet lag, so if you are a sleeper then take a night flight so you can maintain your normal routine. If not, fly during the day.

4. Get the best seat you can afford - Clearly, business or first class with lie-flat beds, capsules or pods will give you a better chance of rest than the smaller seats in economy. Could you upgrade one way, or perhaps buy a seat with extra legroom or get a bulkhead seat?

5. Have a stopover - On a long-haul flight, a stopover will be necessary. This is a good chance to stretch your legs, get some rest and acclimatise. Dubai, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Hong Kong are popular and provide great jumping-off points for mini adventures too!

6. Reset your clocks - A few days before you fly, and try to reschedule your bedtime by an hour or two.

7. Hydrate - Drink lots of water before you fly to avoid dehydration and lay off the alcohol the night before. Experts also recommend about a litre per hour you spend in the air on top of drinks with meals.

8. Check out the meal options - Choose carbs for a night flight if you’re planning on sleeping, or proteins to keep you awake and alert.

During:

9. Reset yourself - As soon as you are on board, set your clock or smart phone to the time zone you are flying to. Start thinking as you would if you were already on holiday. It’ll help get you into the local mindset.

10. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz - If you’re going to sleep, eyeshades, earplugs, a pillow and warm blanket will all help. Maintain as much of your bedtime routine as you can, even changing your clothes. Tell your seat mate and the cabin crew that you’re going to try to catch 40 winks so you’re not disturbed.

After:

11. Sleep - Have a power nap when you land. Try to keep it to 20 minutes so you don’t ruin your night time sleep.

12. Stay hydrated - Drink water and avoid alcohol – again!

13. Eat well - Refuel sensibly with lean proteins, a little fat and dark green leafy veg.

14. Try to stay on schedule - If you’ve flown long haul for just a few days, stick with your home routines. If you’re on a longer trip, live as the locals do.

15. Caffeine? Melatonin? Exercise? - A cup of coffee always helps to give a boost of energy! So does exercise, although don’t do it too close to bedtime. Many travellers swear by melatonin too, a sleep hormone that your body releases in the evening, letting you know that it’s time to rest.

For more information or to search for your next holiday, visit Cheapflights.co.nz.

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