Travel is one of my favorite things in the world, so it pains me to admit that I’m fairly awful at it. Halfway through most of the trips I’ve taken I’m tired, cranky, and a real joy to have around for the rest of my group. Plus, by the time I make it home I’m normally sick as well. After a few times I realized, it doesn’t have to be like this.
This month I traveled to Spain with a friend to visit his home and explore the country and I decided this time I would make my health a priority. So, here are my top tips on how to stay healthy and well during a vacation, no matter if you’re going across the state or across the world.
My determination to make the best out of every possible moment on a trip has never benefited me for more than about 3 days. I want to wake up at 7 am and stay outside exploring until 1 am. For me though, this isn’t sustainable. Likely, the amount of sleep you need to function won’t change just because you’re away. So don’t be afraid to sleep until 10 am or 12 pm if that means the rest of the day will be spent with higher energy and a better mood.
This is something else that I always struggle to keep consistent. I love to try new foods, but I also like to keep on the move. A coffee and a granola bar wouldn’t be considered lunch when I’m at home, so why would it be when I’m abroad? Again, my body’s needs haven’t changed. In Spain, I took this into consideration and made sure to eat bigger breakfasts and more healthy lunches. Even if they took up more of my time for exploration. The added energy I felt throughout the day made that decision more than worth it.
It is likely that while you’re traveling, it will be necessary to pack light. So I am in no way suggesting that you dedicate an entire carry on to fish oil, etc. However, bringing along a few supplements is a great way to ensure that your trip is a success from start to finish. I would recommend something to boost your immune system and something for overall gut health. This can help you power through long airplane rides and inconsistent meals.
Travel is an incredible stress reliever, so it’s a bit strange when it doesn’t feel that way. On the first two days of my trip almost everything that could have gone wrong, did. So for the first few nights, I found it helpful to meditate right before I went to bed. This was a simple fix but it helped me feel better after a long day of stressful situations.
Listen to your body
Again I can’t stress this enough. Take a vacation from the stress of life, not from your health. If it feels like its time to get some sleep, don’t force yourself to stay out late just because you’re on vacation. The best types of trips are the ones you come back from feeling revived, not worse than when you left.
These tips may seem simple, but staying healthy while traveling doesn’t have to be complicated. Got any tips of your own? We’d love to hear them in the comments below!