It’s easy for healthy lifestyles to go to the wayside when you’re travelling
, especially if you’re on vacation. But it really is possible to have a good time, enjoy local cuisine and get in some exercise without depriving yourself of a true vacation. We’ll show you how to combine pleasure with wellness.
1. Stay hydrated
It is important to always make sure you’re getting enough water. It will help you to feel great all around, no matter where you are. I always carry a reusable water bottle with me and fill it up whenever I can be it in the airport, on the plane, at any water fountain I see or at a restaurant. This is especially important when you’re in a place where the tap water may not be potable. So make sure to keep yours with you too!
Sleep is always important, we all know that. But, I also know how hard it can be to stay on a regular sleep schedule when you’re travelling through different time zones and sleeping is not always top-notch sleep accommodations. I like to use sleep meditations or binaural beats (which you can find on YouTube) to help me fall asleep. If you need more help with travel-induced insomnia, there are some herbal formulas that I can order for you, as well as, over-the-counter melatonin.
3. Walk and stay active
Walking is a great way to keep active while you’re travelling. Usually, this is not a problem when you’re rushing through airports or if you’re visiting cities and sightseeing. However, sometimes, you find yourself sitting around a lot, so make sure to get up and move for at least 30 minutes per day. It will help your circulation as well as your sleep patterns. Too much energy stored and not released during the day will get released at night when you’re trying to fall asleep, so make sure to get it out before you lie down at night.
4. Be prepared
Remember the Boy/Girl Scouts motto? They knew what they were saying. Before I leave, I make a small first aid kit with alcohol swabs, Bandaids, Neosporin, tweezers and whatever else you may think of that may come in handy. I also pack hand sanitizer and baby wipes since there may not always be soap and water available in every bathroom. I also like to pack a few bars, some trail mix or whatever snack you like to have with you. This will help curb hunger, so you don’t feel the need to eat everything on the menu or bite your travel partner’s head off due to “hanger.”
5. Eat consciously
Of course, you want to sample the cuisine no matter where you’re going, and doing that is sometimes half the fun of travelling. However, it is really easy to completely let yourself go and forget all about healthy eating when you’re gone. Try to eat veggies at every meal and make sure you’re always eating a good breakfast. Splurge when necessary and definitely sample the local cuisine, but do it consciously and keep in control of your meals.
A couple of extras:
Make a list of what you need to pack before you go. This may sound obvious, but it’s easy to forget simple things. Things like sunscreen, compression socks for the plane and quick dry windbreakers are easy to forget when you don’t use them every day, so make sure you make a list of all the things you might need a couple of weeks before you go. When you think of something you’ll need, put it on the list so that it’s complete when you’re travelling