...if you're traveling internationally.
It's convenient, but it almost guarantees you'll get appointments screwed up if you're moving countries regularly.
There's so many quirks to timezones - a particular city, state, or province will often operate slightly differently than the ones around it. For instance, in the USA, Arizona doesn't do daylight savings time. So it's an hour off from the rest of its timezone half the year.
I find the best way to handle appointments when traveling around a lot is to mark down when they're going to happen in the timezone of the person I'm talking to or meeting. Then, I don't convert until the week the appointment is happening.
This avoids the problem of trying to remember when you marked China time or Japan time for an appointment if you're traveling between the two countries.
Finally, easiest two ways to timezone convert:
1. Google "what time is it in CITY" for the other person's city time difference
If you're using google calendar, and using the quick add form, you can add the timezone after the time. "Call with Lily 3pm Friday PST"
It's been a good year. Scratch that. It's been a great year.
Lots of good things, good adventures, good opportunities, old and new friends.
I'm really grateful for all my readers and visitors here for helping make the site work. So, I just blocked out 10 hours for calls from the 27th to the 31st of this month.
I'll give you a link in a moment, so you can book a Skype call with me. Before I do, please read these instructions and make sure they're suitable to you:
Last night I landed in Florence. I had four layovers on the way here, which doesn't sound like a positive thing at first, but I booked them intentionally. Very frequently, if I have a long flight, I'll book tons of long layovers and actually leave the airport on each one.
My first layover was in Newark for almost five hours, so I rented a car, drove to see my family in New Jersey for a couple hours, and then headed back to the airport. My next flight brought me to Lisbon for two hours, which was a layover I couldn't avoid, but was too short to enjoy. It was early in the morning when I landed, and it was a short flight to my next destination, Amsterdam, so I got there early as well. I had twenty-two hours in Amsterdam, so I checked into my airport hotel, dropped off my stuff, and headed downtown.
Downtown I had some lunch , visited the Rijksmusem to see the Vermeers (I'm on a pointless quest to see all 34 Vermeers), visited the Van Gogh museum, had dinner, and then walked around the red light district before heading back to the hotel.
The next morning I woke up early again and headed to Zurich, which I was warned was incredibly boring. I managed to take the least direct train downtown, which gave me a mini tour of the outer edges of the city, I walked down the main shopping street, wandered through old Zurich, ate a couple Swiss chocolates, spent a lot of time down by the water watching the swans, took some pictures, and then headed back to the airport to work in the Swiss Air lounge. After eight hours total in Zurich, I headed to Florence.