Travelling across time-zones

So my sister married someone from Vanuatu at the weekend.  And in case you don’t automatically know where that is (don’t worry, not many of us did), here’s a map!


But how do you get to Aberdeen, Scotland from Vanuatu?

  1. A boat to the main island
  2. A plane to Fiji
  3. Another plane to Sydney
  4. A third plane that stops over in Hong Kong
  5. A fourth plane to London
  6. A few hours being interrogated by British Police
  7. A fifth plane to Aberdeen

Total travel time: 58 hours (over 2 days)

And so when I was asked whether I would come back for the “return leg” of the wedding in Vanuatu, I sadly had to decline, much as it was heart-wrenching not to be able to take the trip of a life time to a paradise Pacific island.  Why?  Because with nearly a week travelling and recovering, I’d need to be there for at least 2 weeks to enjoy it.

Or else this will happen:


The groom’s poor brother, who only came for one week, rather collapsed asleep, half an hour after getting up on the wedding morning.

At what stage should you try and adapt to the local timezone….when you’re here for 1 week, 2 weeks, more?  Well, having watched this poor man try to stay in Vanuatu time-zone and sleeping patterns….probably in my mind, even when you’re here for 1!  But that’s easy for me to say, having never circled the globe entirely!

Any advice from those who have?!

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