Daylight Saving Time Reminder: Clocks Jump Ahead One Hour

f you have a flight tomorrow departing from most locations within the United States and Canada, remember that clocks jump ahead — or “spring forward” — one hour due to Daylight Saving Time, meaning that you will lose an hour at 2:00 in the morning on Sunday, March 13, 2016.

Although Daylight Saving Time is prevalent in most of North America and Europe, few countries outside of those two continents observe the annual ritual of moving clocks ahead one hour; and the countries which do observe Daylight Saving Time do not always align to observe it on the same day, which — in addition to the strangest time zones — can further cause havoc on travelers.

When I was in South Africa towards the end of February — during summer in the southern hemisphere — of last year, I wondered why the sun rose just before 6:00 in the morning and set at approximately 6:40 in the evening instead of later. It is because South Africa is like many other countries outside of North America and Europe: Daylight Saving Time is not observed.

Speaking of Africa, did you know that there is a hotel in Madagascar which has its own time zone?

Time difference >

Madagascar: GMT + 3 hours
A time peculiar to Anjajavy the lodge was created so that we are better adjusted to the natural cycles of the reserve and the village.
Therefore, at 5 pm lemurs naturally join us in the Oasis garden to take advantage the foliage. It is fresh hour, right in time for the “5 O’clock tea”.
Anjajavy the lodge: GMT + 4 hours

Summary

I do not suffer from jet lag; so changes in time zones — coupled with Daylight Saving Time — do not bother me. I wish I could say the same for my one stint in southern Indiana years ago when I thought I arrived at an appointment 15 minutes early but instead wound up being 45 minutes late.

Another reason I would like to spend overnight at the South Pole is to experience what being in all time zones simultaneously would be like — as well as facing north no matter which direction I was looking.

Anyway, I hope that the lost hour does not cause problems for you — hopefully you will not miss your next flight — but do not fret: you will get that hour back in November…

Photograph ©2016 by Brian Cohen.

4 thoughts on “Daylight Saving Time Reminder: Clocks Jump Ahead One Hour”

  1. caveman says:

    How come you do not suffer from jet lag?

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      That is a good question, caveman; and I realize I never wrote an article pertaining to why I do not suffer from jet lag despite traveling all over the world.

      Generally, I simply convince myself as to the local time — I eat meals and go to sleep at similar times as I would when I am home — and my body and mind seem to almost always adjust. I also drink plenty of water whenever possible.

      I will have to think about this so that I can explain it better and in more detail; as well as write an article about it…

    2. Lucas says:

      It’s because Mr. Cohen is a superhuman traveler and is not afflicted by the same issues as us mere mortals. His body is able to ward off germs such that he never gets sick and automatically adjusts to whatever time zone he is visiting.

      1. Brian Cohen says:

        It is time to cue up Jimmy Olsen’s Blues by the Spin Doctors from the album Pocket Full of Kryptonite:

        Did I mention that I rarely experience reverse peristalsis as well; as well as that I can usually pack more into a day while traveling than many people?

        I can also operate on as little as two hours of sleep — or sometimes on no sleep at all.

        These are all true, Lucas — and as long as I am healthy, I will continue to do what I can to live life to its fullest…

        …but it is not because I am “superhuman”, as I know that one day, my health will inevitably either start to fail or I will eventually die. Rather, I believe in mind over matter — although that admittedly does not always work for me.

        I am more than happy to answer any questions you or anyone else may have about what I claim; but what I admit is not because I am bragging — rather, I would like to see you and everyone else get the most out of travel as possible; and becoming ill during a trip is the last thing most people want…

        …unless they are traveling as medical tourists, of course.

        If you need any testimonies, I have plenty of friends who are members of FlyerTalk and InsideFlyer — as well as fellow “bloggers” — who will corroborate on what I say.

        I also realize that what works for me may not always work for you or other people; but I hope that whatever I impart can be helpful enough to improve the experience of travel for as many people as possible — and I genuinely and truly mean that.

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