When you go on a trip – and especially if it’s for vacation – you feel a lot more relaxed, you spend more money, you sleep in and you overeat on local delicacies. This is fine if you only go on vacation once a year and the rest of the time, you live a relatively healthy lifestyle. But, as the world is becoming more and more globalised, people are spending more time than ever away from home. And if that’s you, then you want to make sure you’re staying healthy even when you’re far from home.
Keep up your routine
There are still ways you can indulge while sticking to your routine. Wake up at the time you’d normally wake up, eat the same breakfast you would eat at home, go for a jog if that’s what you’d do at home and generally try to mimic your routine. Doing this will make sure that you don’t go way off the rails, and while you can still enjoy some local food for dinner, you’re not eating it all day long. This won’t just keep you on track health-wise, but it will also help you feel better while you’re there, since oversleeping, overeating and under-exercising can make you feel lethargic. Keep in mind that if you’re on your summer vacation, you can swap out a run for a swim, and generally use the new surroundings to your advantage.
Stay on a healthy diet
Eating right isn’t always simple, especially if you go somewhere with a very different culture and food, where you’re not sure what’s healthy and what’s not. You know what the best course of action is: buy whole ingredients and prepare them yourself. You can still experiment with different local flavors and produce, but you’ll be in control of what you’re eating. However, we don’t always have the means to cook our own food, and for that, you want to find a service that will deliver healthy food to you and make sure you’re eating good, nutritious meals. Beware of snacking, especially in transit, because you might fall into the trap of snacking out of boredom. Bring along healthy snacks like fresh fruit and veggies for healthy snacking.
Remember, disease and germs are often localised, which means that just because you have a good immune system in one part of the world, you don’t necessarily have it in another. This is where hand sanitiser, wet wipes and vitamin supplements will come in really handy, so make sure you’re keeping yourself safe.
Hydrate your skin
If you’re spending time on a plane, your skin is going to be as dry as it’s ever been. The recycled air of the plane dries your skin out, so you want to make sure you’re putting enough moisture back in to equal it out. Put on moisturizer before you get on the plane, and if the flight is more than three hours, you might want to bring a moisturizing sheet mask with you to rehydrate during the flight.
Dress according to the weather
A “hot climate” doesn’t mean that you should bring short things that show as much skin as possible to stay cool. In the middle east, for example, you will be fighting with the sun rays more than the heat, and if you don’t bring something that covers you, you can end up with bad burns. So sure, plan your outfits to look good, but also make them functional.
Make it last
If you try to shove everything you want to see into a single day, you’re just going to end up exhausted, overwhelmed and with blisters on your feet. You’ll have a much better time spreading it out and rest up in between. If you’re only staying for a short time, picking one thing to see and doing it thoroughly will give you a much better result.
Staying healthy while traveling is important to both help your overall health goals and because there’s absolutely nothing worse than getting sick while being away from home. So to make sure you stay on track, follow these tips and you are bound to have an amazing experience!