I love travelling, but I’ve noticed when I go away, especially on longer trips, my health starts to slide. Whether you’re going on vacation for a week, a few weeks or even a few weeks, it’s important to keep your health in mind. There are a few simple things you can do to ensure you’re as healthy as possible, so you can enjoy your trip as much as possible too! Here are my top 3 tips for being healthier while travelling.
1. Watch Those Calories
It’s so easy to overeat when you’re traveling, after all you’re only in the country for a short period of time and chances are you want to try all of the local dishes, the best drinks – alcoholic and otherwise – and also all the desserts. This can add up to plenty of calories really fast. What you eat wont really matter on a shorter vacation, such as a weekend trip or a few days away, but if you’re going on extended trip those extra calories can make themselves at home on your waistline. There are a few simple hacks I do to ensure I keep myself in shape while on the road. For starters, I tend to shy away from ordering a main every where I go. If I’m traveling with someone, I’ll suggest we share a main and an entree, splitting them so we’re simply not ordering too much food. I find that for lunch if I’m out and about, it’s much cheaper and less calories to get a sandwich, crepe or salad to go rather than sitting down for a full meal. I also try to stick to water as much as possible, saving alcoholic drinks for special occasions.
2. Cut Back on Your Vices
Whether you’re a smoker or a drinker, or both, we all know that these are habits that negatively impact your health. I don’t suggest you try to quit smoking on your trip away – unless you’re travelling alone – because you may find yourself grumpy and miserable. Instead, it can be a good idea to research how to quit smoking before you even leave for the trip, so you can get the first challenging week out of the way. Likewise, if you’re a big drinker, it can be easy to let loose when on vacation. I tend to favour drinking for special nights, such as birthdays, the weekend, and so forth. It can be easy to get caught up in the vibe of drinking every night when away on holiday and that’s simply not good for your health.
3. Be Active
If you’re usually really active and then go on holiday and stick to tour buses, chances are you’re going to notice a big drop in your energy levels. I try to stay as active as possible when I’m away from home, choosing to walk and cycle whenever I can to ensure my body is moving and I’m burning all those delicious calories I’m eating. If you’re traveling for an extended period of time, it may be worth looking into gymming while overseas, to ensure you keep up your personal fitness routine. Being active while traveling is a great way to see more of a place and ensure that you stay healthy while traveling.