Know When its Time to “Spring Forward” Wherever You Go
It’s that time of year again, this Sunday March 9th at 2:00 am it’s time to spring forward! And when it comes to traveling, most of us are aware that there usually are some time changes to deal with—which is how jet lag got its name. But at certain times of year—specifically spring and fall—the time change can be a bit more confusing than usual.
Most places in the world “spring ahead” and “fall back,” time wise that is. But not always on the same day. For example, virtually all of Europe and Russia will begin Daylight Savings Time (DST) on March 30th, 2014 which is 3 weeks later than March 9th, when we do it here in North America.
For example, in Brazil (the states that observe DST) the time already changed on February 16th. In Australia and New Zealand it will be April 6th, and in Israel the “spring forward” date will be March 28th. And even when you’re traveling within the USA it can be a problem because Hawaii and Arizona don’t change their clocks at all.
To avoid unnecessary confusion, as not all countries observe Daylight Savings Time, you can check online before you go at worldtimezone.com, call your concierge, or the local embassy of the country you’ll be visiting. Especially if you’re traveling on business, you don’t want to run the risk of missing a flight or arriving at your first appointment an hour early—or worse, an hour late.