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Monday Travel Update – Sleeping in Berlin

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I just flew in to Berlin and boy are my arms tired….actually all of me is tried.

People often assume that because I fly so much that I must have some secret to overcoming jet lag. There is no secret. When you adjust your sleep schedule, you just have to stay awake longer than you usually do for a period of time.

After getting little sleep on the flight here, I tried to stay up till a normal hour and then go to sleep. I went to be around 11pm, woke up at 4am, went back to sleep at 6:30am and then woke up again at 12:30pm.

I’m still tired, but if I can force myself into a semi-normal sleep schedule, I will get over the jet lag quicker. I’ll go to bed early tonight, get up early tomorrow which will give me plenty of time to get to the train station to get my ticket to Warsaw.

While in Poland I’ll be visiting some UNESCO sites as well as doing photo editing and writing. Believe it or not, this is sort of a vacation from my recent Central America trip and the trip I’ll be starting in 2 weeks in Germany.

Sponsor Updates

G Adventures made a huge announcement this week. They will be collaborating with the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDB) on a $1 million multi-year partnership that will finance and develop a sustainable community-based tourism (CBT) program in Central & South America.

From the press release:

The aim of the project is to increase the competitiveness of micro and small enterprises (MSE) by optimizing their market access and efficiency in the tourism value chain. By partnering with a global tour operator on product development efforts, MSEs will gain access to a ready market, capabilities and the tools to serve the market demand.

“Tourism is one of the largest industries on the planet. Vital to the livelihood of 85 per cent of developing nations, it creates employment opportunities, battles poverty and strengthens economies,” says Paula Vlamings, Executive Director, Planeterra. “Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent on developing CBT worldwide with little benefit to the hosting communities. The tourism industry has not traditionally been involved in international development activities. Where it has, it was only engaged at the very end, yielding high failure rates and unsuccessful projects. In order for CBT development to be sustainable and effective, the private sector, specifically tour operators that possess the market power, must be engaged at the beginning and throughout the entire process.”

An enormous amount of money spent on tourism in developing countries never stays in the region. I’ve seen first hand all over the world how tourism can help people when the money stays in the country.

Around The Blogosphere

I am often asked by people how they can find money to travel. One of the easiest ways to do it is to get a job in the travel industry. One of my “insider” friends in the travel industry has created a new ebook to help you find a job in the travel industry. How To Work in Travel gives a great overview of where to find the best jobs and how to get them. This is not only the best guide for working in the travel industry, but the only one that I even know of. There are jobs in the cruise, hotel and airline industries as well as marketing and public relation positions.

The author of the ebook wants to keep his identity hidden given his position in the industry, but I know him personally and I can vouch that he is ideally suited to provide advice in this area.

The book is available for immediate download for only $27.

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  1. Only not so long ago I learned Jet lag isn’t about the legs and that it’s not even spelled jet leg :)

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