Most event planners and managers I know travel for work. A lot. They travel for gigs, meetings, networking events, and professional development opportunities. While it feels good to watch those frequent flier miles rack up, such travel can take a toll on your body. In a recent study published by researchers from the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Surrey, people who travel extensively travel can face several negative health consequences.
Some of these risks are exacerbated by a phenomenon with which you are probably familiar; jet lag. And it isn’t just that you feel tired. When crossing back and forth through multiple time zones, you are disrupting your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle, or circadian rhythm. This can lead to discomfort, fogginess, and other physical effects that make it hard to adjust once you’ve arrived at your destination.