For the last year I have been improving my health. I have been eating better and working out at home 5-6 days a week. I love the healthy habits I have created at home and it makes me feel great and able to focus on my work each day. When I travel I loose that control of my surroundings and my habits get lost in the process.
With each trip I do get better at getting more prepared with what I can do to keep myself on track. I have read a lot of different articles and blogs on this topic and found that these 5 tips are what will bring me the most success in future trips. I hope you find them valuable too!
Tip #1 Do Research and Plan Ahead
Know where you are going, and read up on your specific location. What restaurants and activities are in the area? Look at a map of the location and see if there is going to be a lot of walking on this trip or not. Plan to go to the best and most popular restaurants so you know you are getting quality food that is worth indulging in. Taking that another step further you could look at the menus ahead of time as well and really get a visual of what you will be eating and when.
Tip #2 Be Realistic
After planning and possibly over planning your trip you still need to be realistic. You are not go to go by your plan minute by minute especially if you are traveling with other people. Sometimes plans change and you jump in a cab and go to another part of a city. Be ok with that and enjoy! I like to use the 90/10 rule while I am at home but open that up to an 80/20 rule while on vacation or traveling.
Tip #3 Find Time for Fitness
While you are doing your research look for local yoga studios, spin classes or even a really nice bike path that you could explore. Maybe your location is going to have a lot of stairs, that counts! If you are like me who works out at home and streams videos on my phone, I can do that anywhere. Making the time is the difficult. In future trips I am going to get up earlier than the other travelers and get my workout done! I like to think of the exploring exercise as a bonus!
Tip #4 Drink a lot of Water
This is a super important one and can be difficult if you are traveling in different countries. I like to fill up my water bottle 2-3 times a day and getting it right from the refrigerator door. Now when you travel you have to keep buying water and it usually comes in small plastic bottles. I buy a big jug that holds gallons of water and then I can keep refilling my bottle through the trip.
Tip #5 Pack Some Herbal Tea
Tea is really great to help with digestion and cleansing the body of toxins. While you travel you are eating and breathing in things that you may not typically ingest. A little ginger or peppermint tea will help keep you balanced and calm an upset belly. I am a huge tea lover and have a few cups a day. For those who are not tea drinkers you could also get some essential oils like lemon, peppermint and ginger to drop in some water and enjoy it that way.
Good luck with your travels and comment below with any other tips that help you stay healthy while traveling!