Big Ben in London, England – Not the place to escape to if you want to avoid the Daylight Saving Time change.
Do you ever feel like there’s not enough time in a day? For those who can relate, there’s good news. There is one day a year that actually has 25 hours, when Daylight Saving Time ends and Daylight Standard Time begins.
When is Daylight Saving Time? And at what time does the time change?
This year, the time change happens March 14 at 2 a.m. when the clock springs forward one hour, and Daylight Saving Time starts all over again. You’ll get your bonus hour on November 7 at 2 a.m., when Daylight Saving Time ends and most of the nation turn their clocks back an hour.
Daylight Saving Time History
While the “fall back, spring forward” practice is designed to take advantage of daylight hours and conserve energy, it wasn’t always an American tradition.
It all started during World War I when the federal government wanted to conserve energy and make better use of daylight hours for the war effort. It wasn’t until 1966, with the Uniform Time Act, that Daylight Saving Time in the US was standardized. It’s changed several times since then. In 2007, Daylight Saving Time was extended one month with the 2005 Energy Policy Act.
There has always been opposition, and recently there have been serious efforts by politicians to end Daylight Saving Time in California.
Did you know?
Daylight Saving Time is commonly misspelled as Daylight Savings Time, with “Saving” pluralized. But, when first introduced in the US it was called “Fast Time.”
Where to Travel to Avoid the Time Change
Those who are looking for a place to avoid the time change may want to plan a last-minute trip to one of the following destinations. These places stay in one time zone all 365 days.
- Arizona: Most of Arizona hasn’t practiced Daylight Saving Time since 1967 and stays on MST. However the Navajo Nation lands observe Daylight Saving Time because of its large size. It expands across three states including Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
- Hawaii, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa: In general, the closer a state or country is to the equator, the less likely it is to practice Daylight Saving Time because the sun rises and sets at nearly the same time year round.
Traveling to one of these places can be an investment. It’s important to be prepared for unexpected circumstancesthat could put your vacation investment at risk. Reputable travel insurance providers, such as Generali Global Assistance, can help safeguard travelers against some of the most common insurance claims for covered events, including trip cancellations and trip interruptions.
No matter when you’re traveling, investigate your travel insurance options; and if you travel during Daylight Saving time, be sure to know when to set your clocks back or do nothing at all. Most importantly, enjoy your extra hour thanks to Daylight Saving Time.