Staying Healthy while Traveling
As much fun and blissful a vacation should be, unexpected things and last minute changes might throw you off your groove, and the last thing you want is to get sick from all the stress! Here are 5 ways to keep your mind and body healthy on vacations, business trips, or any time you travel away from home.
Get some sleep!
Try your best to get some quality sleep for as long as you usually sleep at home. It may be tempting to wake up early to avoid the crowds, then stay up all night to see all the action, but getting enough sleep everyday is important to keep your immune system going strong, and so you don't burn yourself out.
Nourish your body, but also try some new cuisines! One of the best part of traveling is the food, but balance is key. Make sure to eat your greens and get all your nutrients in, but bring some superfood tablets, probiotics, activated charcoal, and maybe an allergy medicine just in case your stomach doesn't agree with your adventurous palette.
Pictured above: "Oka's Bowl" Oka's Bakery - Bali (Canggu), Indonesia
Keep your exercise routine.
You may already be getting enough exercise walking around and exploring town, but getting your blood pumping in the sun will also help you acclimate to the local weather and time zone much quicker. It's not a bad idea to do a bit of yoga and stretch before and after long flights, but honestly, it's always a good idea to do a bit of yoga.
Don't be afraid to ask for help.
Sometimes, things looks great on a menu but you don't know whats in it, or you're out surfing a new spot and are unsure about the reef, or maybe your flight just got delayed due to a storm and you don't know what your options are, just ask! You'll be saving yourself a stomach ache and avoiding sea urchins to the foot. Also, if you ask nicely, sometimes you can get in on a local secret or a free upgrade.
Laugh! Or at least keep a happy spirit.
Scientists have been proving time and time again that laughter greatly reduces stress, and there's no such thing as a 100% stress-free trip. Whether if plans go wrong, reservations were cancelled, or things are just not what you expected it to be, remember to keep a good attitude about it and smile. A simple detour might take you to an amazing, tourist-free area, and misadventures makes for the greatest stories anyways. And remember, you're out exploring the world! Life is really good, even if things aren't always smooth.