After combing through infinite details choosing hotels and booking flights, it can be easy to forget about the most valuable thing while traveling- YOUR BODY! Treat yourself to a great vacation by following these easy steps, I’ve learned throughout my travels after coming home feeling guilty for neglecting my body.
Here’s what you need to know to best experience exciting new places and cultures. Plus, plenty of tips on how to avoid getting sick (cause ain’t nobody got time for that) and saving yourself from neglecting your healthy lifestyle that’ll just make you feel guilty afterward.
This preparatory stage is the most important to ensure you have a fun and successful trip. After all, failing to plan is planning to fail, right? Build that strength not only through regular workouts but by boosting your immune system pre-departure as well.
HYDRATE | The easiest, most affordable, king of cure-alls is H2O. Drinking plenty of water has an unbelievable amount of benefits, so don’t worry about overhydrating as you gear up for take off. Keeping a good fluid balance will flush toxins out of your system. It’ll also help transport nutrients, control appetite, and decongest. When your muscles don’t have enough water they get tired faster, so keep your body refreshed and stay alert during your trip. Move over coffee! Your urine should be clear before lift off.
REST | Get as much sleep as you can before leaving. You don’t know how comfortably you’ll sleep in another bed or how many hours of sleep you’ll need in order to not miss a night out. Getting enough shut-eye is just as important as what you’re consuming.
DETOX | Now kick your pre-trip preparation phase into turbo gear. Flush toxins and remove as much inflammation as possible by doing a strict detox with vegetable and fruit juices. It’s okay to shock your body a day or 2 with only liquids and then slowly incorporate solids. Eat clean, nourish your body, and remain mindful that food is thy medicine, and medicine is thy food.
PACKING| Create an action plan. This ladies and gents will be the “game changer” research activities that the locals do to find something you might enjoy to get your heart rate up. But, if
discovering localized ways to staying active during your trip feels unpromising set up your own workout routine that can be done anywhere. Have exercise apps or podcasts downloaded and schedule them into your days.
My favorite piece of travel-friendly exercise equipment is a resistance band. They weigh nothing, take up little space and can be used for an endless list of exercises. Never forget a reusable water bottle (TSA approved!) that you can refill at the airport and before you walk out of the door every morning.
You should also pack travel friendly foods and snacks. If you’re an athlete or have some sort of competition coming up, you can even get a food suitcase to store your meals.
On a more realistic note, for those of us that still want to venture out and experience the destination’s signature dishes (ME! I travel for the food), pack up some delicious protein pancakes, chia pudding, hard boiled eggs, raw nuts, oatmeal packs, nut butters, or granola bars to fight hunger. If you didn’t bring any of these things along, look out for similar items to help you make better snacking choices. You don’t have to resort to eating fast foods or other unhealthy options and then feel guilty about it later.
IN THE AIR| Keep a wide berth from any visibly ill passengers by changing seats or wearing a face mask. Carrying hand sanitizer is an extremely simple way to fight against dirty places with hordes of people. You might be hot from all the boarding commotion, but point the air vent downward, so it’s not blowing directly to your face.
Minimize touching anything in the airport and aircraft like seats while walking through the aisles door handles, and especially the bathroom pretending like everything is made of lava. Basically, control what you can to avoid getting sick, you’ve already done so much for your body at this point to let it all go downhill. If you’re going to be on a long flight don’t be embarrassed to get up from time to time and do stretches or squats. This isn’t crazy or maybe it is, but who cares! The beauty of traveling is also knowing you might never see these people again. Make the most of it!
ARRIVING & ENJOYING IT| You made it! First things first, take a walk and purchase your survival hotel goods such as extra water, coconut water, seasonal and dried fruits, snack-able veggies like carrots, nuts, and any other items similar to the wholesome foods you’ve hopefully already packed. Whatever you do don’t forget to listen to your body by acknowledging your needs and cravings.
Now it’s time to live a little! Indulge like the locals and experience all the little things that make one happy like a mind blowing meal. A true healthy nomadic’s mantra should be to keep it memorable!
Eating too many hefty restaurant meals could make you feel unhealthy so instead opt for the more colorful and vegetable based dishes. You can also box up half the portion and get yourself 2 meals by sticking to that portion control.
Keep your body moving! One of my favorite things to do when going to a new place is going for a run and exploring the new sights. If you’re already doing the touristy stuff check out walking or biking tours. You can always join a popular fitness class in the area. Most importantly, remember this is your opportunity to enjoy the joys of traveling, so get creative, go outdoors and improvise. Learn about nutrition where ever you are in the world, who knows maybe you’ll find something truly great for ones mind, body, or soul worth sharing back home.
BACK IN THE AIR| Your trip is coming to a close, but it’s not over yet. On the return flight circle back to the same flying rules you followed before leaving (hydrate & exercise). This is also an excellent time to come together, reflect and focus on your mental health. What are your takeaways? How did your body handle the different foods? Is there anything you must have on your next journey? Then set goals to follow your next travel plans. Stay hungry, healthy, and forever motivated.
HOME SWEET HOME| Finally after dropping your luggage and being back in your casa, veg out with a post-trip detox using the same vegetable and fruit juices to maintain your priceless immune system.
Voila! The secret to having a healthy travel experience is all yours!