If you are like most who have never been to Hawaii, the state's islands blend into a mass of unpronounceable vowels and indistinct images of a tropical paradise. The geography of the islands is not difficult, however, and all it takes is one trip to make visitors long to become experts. So if you have never been, or if you have only been to one island, this introduction should whet your appetite and familiarize you with the islands and their most important characteristics. Perhaps the most amazing fact you"ll find is how close and reasonably priced Hawaii really is. Long thought of as a distant playground for the wealthy, Hawaii is less than 6 hours from the west coast and terrifically, wonderfully affordable.
As if the process of packing, getting to the airport, parking, checking in, going through security and squishing yourself into the ever-shrinking airplane seats isn't exhausting enough, there's the jetlag to deal with anytime you change a time zone! Here are a few tips to minimize the effects:
-Drink plenty of water, as lack of hydration is believed to be one of the leading causes of jetlag.
-Try to sleep on the plane. A pillow, sleep mask and ear plugs can help with this.
-Set your watch to local time.
-Get some sun. Sunlight regulates your body's clock.
-Avoid napping when you arrive. It's best to adjust to local time as best as you can so get out there and see the sights!