“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page” – Saint Augustine
If there was one piece of riveting advice that I would like to shell out to people today to experience more thrill and happiness in life, it is to ‘Travel More’ But Travel Healthy. Life is an amazing gift. It really is, and as we travel and experience more of this enriching life and outside world, we often become overwhelmed with appreciation for all the beautiful moments we can treasure and the interesting stories that we can cherish. Many of us realize early on that travelling can be the way out to life’s greatest troubles. This stays true only till you make sure you travel safely, smartly and travel healthy always.
While travelling definitely is amazing, it can also be stressful and detrimental to our health when we’re constantly on the go. But the best part is that it is extremely easy to have a great time, relish local cuisine and squeeze in some exercise without bereaving yourself of a true vacation. So take that leap of faith, and if you need more convincing, read on to find out how to make travelling work to your advantage.
Here are 12 healthy travel tips that combine pleasure with wellness and help you stay healthy on the go!
Make an Unplanned Trip once in a While; Let it be an Adventure
You don’t always need to take vacations or go on pre-planned trips. Try exploring or making a journey out to somewhere you have never been to before with an open mind, let that feeling sink in and revel in the opportunities that were waiting for you that you could not have even imaged earlier. Meander the lesser-known towns, monuments or street; discover a hidden tunnel that no one has ever heard of. Make it an adventure that you will cherish for your lifetime, the intriguing stories of which you can tell your grandchildren.
Get out of your comfort zone; be more creative. You may just find how kind and friendly strangers can be, and how at times they are willing to take care of you by offering food or a place to sleep at night. Beyond that, you have the whole world to light upon and learn about with every new adventure you come across, every person you make contact with and every culture you experience.
Make Shorter Trip but Make them More Often
It is far better to enjoy your stay in a city for three or four days than to visit four cities in a week. Plan a tour to a lesser discovered destination with an open itinerary and let life present you with numerous opportunities! Enjoy the place’s unique culture, learn a bit from the local people, shop for yourself, have a drink, ponder the weather, strike a conversation with a stranger and plan you next destination once you feel that you are completely done with the place.
The purpose for travelling should be to provide a sense of wanderlust and have us craving for more places to visit, cultures to experience, food to eat, and people to meet.
Don’t Spend on Unnecessary Purchases
Traveling sells short of an amazing investment in itself. Spend your money wisely on things you don’t need to carry back with you; local one-day trips, famous restaurants or tickets to the much hyped play. Also, if possible, save on travel costs, by walking the city on your own and basking in every beauty that you see. This can even be the best way to explore the hidden gems and tiny offbeat spots around.
Stretch it Out With Your Pals Once in the Day
If you have planned a long day ahead, dedicate at least 10-15 minutes every morning to stretch before you kick start your day. Start with stretching your arms, legs, neck, shoulders, thighs and back. You can also club this with some breathing exercises that will help you relax in a short span of time enable you to counter the stress of traveling. Travel healthy and staying active aside, it’s equally important to prioritize your physical health when you’re on the go.
Even a small amount of exercise can go a long way in helping you stay active and keeping your energy levels high. It is also advisable to choose a hotel with a gym. If not, you always have the option to work out at your own pace in the comfort of your room. You can walk to a staircase inside your hotel or do some push-ups, jumping jacks, sit ups while lowering yourself as close to the floor as possible.
Take a First-Aid Kit
Taking along a first-aid kit is a smart yet necessary thing in case you get hit with seasonal flu, fever, food allergy or a stomach bug. Your first-aid kit should have the following things:
- Some bandages
- An antibiotic ointment
- A fever and pain killer
- A motion sickness reducer
- Medicine for allergic reactions
- Medicine for Stomachache
- Cold and flu relief medication
Wear Sunscreen Daily
Protect your skin from the harsh weather outdoors by wearing sunscreen with minimum SPF 30. Try and reapply every 2-3 hours if you can to make sure you travel healthy. If you’re visiting an area that has a large population of bugs, flies and insects, be sure to wear insect repellent to shoo them away and prevent bites.
Make Sure you get Enough Sleep
Sleep is one thing you cannot compromise on during your vacation to travel healthy. Your body needs plenty of rest when you’re physically traveling across different time zones, carrying luggage to and from airports to your place of stay, walking all day, engaging in adventurous activities and so forth.
Hydration is the Key for Travel Healthy
Don’t forget to drink enough fluids to quench your thirst; your body will THANK YOU for it. This simple tip will do wonders to overcoming everything from overcoming dehydration to constipation to even jet lag. It may be possible that you get busier as the day progresses and may forget to drink, so try starting your day by drinking 2 glasses of warm water first thing in the morning. Also, remember to carry a small water bottle with you at all times.
Another piece of useful advice to travel healthy is to cut down on alcohol and sweet beverages that are loaded with calories. This will help keep your calorie count and sugar intake under control. Of course, you might be tempted to enjoy a drink or two on your vacation, since you are away from work; yes, that’s totally fine once in a while. However, the key here is to consume in moderation.
Try Opting for Walking Tours
One of the healthy travel tips you can sneak in your itinerary is try a walking tour instead of taking a bus or car tour. Almost every city around the world gives you the option of range of walking tours whether you’re interested in history, culture, drinking, food or architecture. If the nearest metro station is 700 meters away, how about walking to get there instead of hopping on the city bus? Secondly when visiting a shopping mall or promenade, try and skip the elevator or escalator and walk the stairs instead!
Travel Healthy With Food
It’s not uncommon to be off your regular eating schedule when you’re on vacation and not following your daily routine. That said, eating a wholesome meal and trying to get in proper balanced meals each day will set you up for staying healthy and feeling energetic throughout your trip. Some healthy snacks you can carry along include whole fruits such as apples, pears, plums and bananas, unsalted nuts and seeds such as pumpkin seeds, pistachios, cashews or almonds, hard boiled eggs, yogurt parfait, a lettuce sandwich.
Take Your Vitamins
One useful tip to travel healthy is to keep your energy levels up and your immunity firing on all cylinders. Eat plenty of juicy fruits. Buy them from the nearest grocery store and eat them for breakfast or as healthy snacks throughout the day. Eat smaller meals throughout the day or split your meal and save leftovers for the next day.
Accept a Different Perspective
Travelling helps you connect with people from different cultures and walks of life. It lets you have endless chance to see issues and daily life challenges from a different angle. If you’re feeling stuck in figuring out what your purpose in life is, what you want to do, which career or educational path you want to pursue, go travel; and feel the difference. You would be surprised with the new sense of life purpose and direction that comes your way.
Take Along a Mask and Hand Sanitizer
Even when the pandemic has ended, it is always a good idea to be safe and carry a few disposable masks for each person in your gang. Your pocket hand sanitizer will come handy when water and soap aren’t easily available, which can happen many a times when traveling. And eating or touching your face with dirty hands is the last things you would want to do. Follow this easy advice and keep away germs and bacteria at bay, especially before and after a meal. Thus making sure you are following travel healthy rules.
So, learn to travel healthy, enjoy your trip to the fullest, avoid any trouble and get the most out of your next holiday! Enjoy your next escapade and stay healthy! Have a safe flight!
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