by J.Q. Louise,
As more and more people are traveling frequently, for both business and pleasure, the concern over how to maintain any sort of health and wellness routine while on the road is a real issue for many people. The long hours in and out of airports, the lack of sleep and the stress of travel can be taxing on our immune systems and mental health. I spoke with travel and wellness blogger Caroline Quincy from @SweetCarolinaJ and she shared her top five tips for staying healthy while traveling.
1) Plan Ahead For Meals
Researching local dining options is key when traveling abroad, especially if you have dietary restrictions. “If you are worried about eating healthy or maintaining a certain diet while away, I recommend doing lots of research ahead of time. I always seek out Vegan and Vegetarian restaurants before I land in a new destination so I can maintain my eating habits to keep me well fueled to explore,” says Caroline. But in a pinch, check out the local food delivery services, many cities all over the world have them and most have mobile apps that can be downloaded in the language of your choice. The reviews and images can be a lifesaver when you are trying to stick to a specific dietary plan so you can choose what to eat without the pressure of making a snap decision in a restaurant. Also, be sure to research when the local farmer’s markets are open since a meal made up of fresh fruits and vegetables is another easy way to both experience the local culture and stay healthy.
2) Bring Snacks With You On Travel Days
While food options at airports have gotten a lot better and more diverse in recent years, depending on what terminals you end up in, the options may still not be great. “Don’t let desperation and exhaustion get the better of you and turn to the first fast food restaurant you see after a long flight. Pack a few healthy snacks in your carry-on. I always bring protein bars, collagen powders, and some nuts and seeds.” Caroline notes. Anything that can tide you over until you get into town will help you stay on track; especially look for snacks high in protein as that will help you feel more satiated. Save all those airport calories for a treat yourself moment in your actual destination, which will most likely be far more satisfying.
3) Stay Hydrated
Traveling will always be dehydrating, especially when you are flying! “Try to drink 8 ounces of water for every hour you are in the air, and even more if you also consume alcohol.” Caroline says. “Staying hydrated will not only make you feel better, but it will also decrease your chances of getting sick since your body will be more able to fight off all those pesky airborne germs present on planes.” One hack that I always follow is bringing a reusable water bottle with me so I can fill it up at every water fountain and many airports are now offering water bottle filling stations as well.
4) Walk Everywhere
While working out on vacation may not be for everyone, we all should be getting our steps in. “I always pack lots of comfortable shoes with me since I love to walk everywhere on trips. I think the best way to adjust to a different time zone is taking a long walk around town as soon as I land.” Caroline adds. Walk as much as possible on trips, it is a great way to see more of the city you are visiting, you’ll save money on taxis and burn some calories while you’re at it!
5) Download a Workout App
If you are someone who is open to doing a quick workout while traveling, it is easier than ever to do so. “These days anyone can quickly gain access to hundreds of workout programs, right on their phone. If you are looking for a good place to start, the two that I personally use are Kayla Itsines BBG workouts and the P.Volve program.” Says Caroline. Doing a quick workout in the morning before heading off for a day of fun can really get your day off to a good start and help you feel less guilty about indulging a little bit, after all a vacation is a time to treat yourself, especially if you put the work in ahead of time!
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