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Can someone help me with understanding military time and the time difference while traveling abroad? Trying to make reservations?

I get all confused with the military time as well and the time difference.
I have a flight leaving May 16 at 20:00 and it says it is a 10 hour and 30 minute flight, in which I will arrive to my destination at 15:30+1. I’m lost lol. If I need to book a hotel, would I book it for May 17? When do I actually arrive to my destination? Any help is greatly appreciated.
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  • Just take off your shoes and borrow a hand from that corpse you buried in back yard. Now you can count to 25 so hack off a pinkie and you can do the math.
    David · 1 1
  • Most countries work on both 12 & 24 hour clock system, it not call military time, just 24 hour clock system. After 12:00 you add time in standard increments so 1pm become 13:00, and so on. Your flight lands on 17th if flying west, or 16th if flying east.
    trailblazer · 2 1
  • Any hour past noon is 12 + the time. So, for instance, 3 pm = 12 + 3 = 15:00
    e · 5 0
  • Gosh it is not that complicated.

    You depart of 8:00 in the evening of May 16

    You arrive at destination by their clock at 3:30 in the AFTERNOON. of MAY 17 (+1)

    Book your room for the night of May 17. expect to have a short nap on arrival to your room.

    I would not plan any activities for May 17 and a light day for May 18.with an early end to your days outings. It takes time for your body to adjust to the clock on the wall.

    24 hour clock is not hard to understand and is used in timetables around the world to reduce confusion for AM and PM LEARN IT. You will encounter it often in your travels.. Bus schedules, train schedules and other stuff.

    12:00 pm 12:00
    1:00 pm 13:00
    2:00 pm 14:00
    3:00 pm 15:00
    4:00 pm 16:00
    5:00 pm 17:00
    6:00 pm 18:00
    7:00 pm 19:00
    8:00 pm 20:00
    9:00 pm 21:00
    10:00 pm 22:00
    11:00 pm 23:00
    12:00 midnight 24:00

    Suggest you plan for how you will get to this Hotel from the Airport.
    May want to have a little of this other place currency in cash for your first day needs. The better rate currency exchange places may be closed for the day before you can get to them.

    Try to get some sleep on the plane. Your travel day begins long before your flight departs.

    Avoid alcohol the last few hours of flight. It is never a good idea to try to deal with Passport and Customs officials while under the influence.They can hold you until you sober up. Airport confinement is not very comfortable.

    You can reduce the effects of jet lag by changing when you eat and sleep towards the time of far away clock a few days before you go. An hour or two each day.

    You stomach does not read a clock on the wall. It expects breakfast at breakfast time. Lunch at Lunch time. It adjusts to the new time a few hours each day.

    You will have jet lag. You can deal with some of it before you go or after you arrive.

    Time is when the plane lands. Plan on about 2 hours or more before you actually get to your hotel.
    Rona Lachat · 1 0
  • Let's work this out - 10 1/2 hours flight starting at 8 pm (20:00) will be 4 hours that day, then it will be midnight, 6 1/2 more hours brings us to 6.30 am on May 17. That's the time it will be at the place you started after 10 1/2 hours. However, you're not being told that is the arrival time so there must be a time difference, and that must be 9 hours to bring us to 15:30. That's 3.30 pm. Easy really - if the hour is more than 12, just subtract 12 and it's that time pm. 15-12=3. If the hour is less than 12, no conversion needed and it's am. And midnight is 00:00. 12:00 means noon.

    Just to help you, air timetables are always given in local time. So when it says you will arrive at 15:30, that IS the time it will be by the local clocks when you get there, assuming the flight is on time.

    I'm not clear what the +1 is supposed to mean. My guess is the GMT+1 time zone, which would make sense if you're coming from California (where you're from according to your previous questions). That's in GMT-8, so the time difference is 9 hours - exactly as I worked out it was.

    So you will be arriving in the afternoon on May 17. So clearly you don't want a hotel room until May 17. You got that right!

    This is normal for going from North America to Europe - flights will go overnight, and flights coming back will be during the day. This ensures one-way traffic across the Atlantic, which is obviously good for safety! Unfortunately overnight going east is the worst time for jetlag. Your body will think it's 6.30 am but most of the day will have already gone by the time you get there. To get used to the local time, you'll have to try to go to bed what seems like far too early.

    It's much easier going back the other way - you just feel you've had a very late night and will end up getting out of bed very early. A friend and I went from London, England, to SF - we landed at 6 pm which felt to us like 2 am next day as the time difference is 8 hours, we felt very bleary going through immigration and Customs, got to the hotel, went to bed instantly and were first into the restaurant for breakfast next morning!

    At least this isn't crossing the International Date Line! That runs down the middle of the Pacific and what it does is make everything work. If you cross it west to east, on the other side of the line it's still the day before so you get that day again. If you cross it east to west, you completely lose a day because it's already the next day on the other side. This makes flying from California to, say, Japan or Australia really weird. You can end up with the timetable telling you that you're arriving 2 days later when in reality it's only tomorrow according to the actual time in the air. Or going the other way, you could apparently land before you took off. So if you ever do a trip like that, now you know.

    Being British, it amuses me how Americans call it military time - to us it's just the 24-hour clock and all travel timetables are written in it.
    Clive · 0 6