The end of the year, and beginning of a new one is often a time when people travel – especially those of us in the southern hemisphere as it’s Summer whoohoo! I have been travelling and living in England and Australia for the past 2.5 years. I have had my share of ups and downs in the healthy living while travelling department! It’s a chance to learn and grow and today I will share with you my top 10 tips for being healthy while travelling.
1. DON’T STRESS – Stress is so powerful. If you are stressing about travel itself, food, fitness on the road etc it is often much worse for you than eating that bagel. Do the best you can, where you are, with what you have.
2. Plan ahead. Got a flight and don’t want to eat plane food? Make something the night before, or in the morning and take it with you. Pack nuts, seeds, fresh fruit and veges for snacks, check out the airport website and see if they have any healthy places to eat. Google. Ask locals, online etc for suggestions on healthy places to eat. Find out where the supermarket is and make sure it’s not too far so you can get fresh food and healthy snacks.
3. Don’t let the negativity take over. If you didn’t manage to exercise, you ate terrible all day, all you feel like is chocolate, don’t give in and write the whole day off, telling yourself your a failure and a fraud. Shit happens. If you want chocolate find the healthiest chocolate you can find, if you can’t find any healthy chocolate go without or just have the damn thing, fretting about will only make things worse – see number 1! If you ate a crap breakfast and lunch that’s not an excuse to eat a crap dinner too. Some days you will eat well all day, others you may eat crap all day, you may only manage a 10 minute walk one day but do 2 hours walking around a new city the next. It’s all about balance!
4. Stock up. Make sure you go to the local market or supermarket not too long after you arrive and stock up on fresh fruit, veges, snacks etc, that way you have plenty to grab if you are in a hurry or need a snack.
5. Plan your accommodation. If you really want to eat well, then the best option is to stay somewhere where you can prepare your own food. A motel, air bnb or hostel with a kitchen.
6. Exercise. Usually when you are travelling you are out exploring, generally you will be walking plenty each day, if that’s enough for you, cool! If not add in some yoga, a run, or whatever floats your boat before you head off for the day. You are more likely to stick with it, if you get it out of the way. If you are mad into fitness, check out the local gym and see if you can get a week or day pass or see if there are any yoga classes in your area.
7. Water. Hydrate. When you are travelling it’s very easy to barely drink water. You are often in planes, in air-conditioned airports and malls, and doing a lot of walking around with no idea where the next toilet will be, so you don’t want to drink heaps. Try to still drink as much water as you would when you are at home. Do research on where malls are to ensure you will be near a toilet. Plan when you drink i.e. while your at your accommodation, at a restaurant, in a mall, so you are near a loo.
8. Unplug. Take the time to unplug from everything that bombards you in “real life”. Don’t check your emails, don’t feel the urge to scroll through Facebook or feel like you have to update Instagram every day. Read books, blogs, listen to podcasts, take walks in nature with no headphones, nap. Whatever it looks like for you!
9. Be mindful of where you go and who your surround yourself with. Will going on holiday with your boyfriends rowdy, beer guzzling mates stress you out? Rethink. Will going to a crowded event in 40 degree heat stress you out, make you feel negative? Rethink.
10. Be Present. Know that you don’t have to do it all. You don’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to see it all. Do what YOU WANT TO DO. Not what you think you should. This is YOUR holiday. If you want to spend it reading on the beach and that’s it, if that is what you need then DO IT!
I hope you enjoyed these tips and you take them with you are on your next holiday. I find that if we aren’t careful we can end up coming back from a holiday just as stressed as we left, if not more. So take the time to truly tune in and figure out what you want your holiday to look like, how you want to feel and how important keeping up your healthy lifestyle is!
How do you stay healthy when you travel?