Staying healthy when travelling can be a tricky task - your routine is out of whack and because you’re dining out all the time temptation is everywhere! The key is to find the balance between making healthy choices and fully enjoying the experience of exploring new places and cultures.
As a passionate traveller (I'm currently working from Ubud, Bali) and total wellness nerd I have some tried and tested tactics to keeping healthy and happy while on the road, and here are 5 of my best tips for healthy travels:
1. Go herbal
When I’m travelling, I order a pot of herbal tea or hot water with lemon as soon as I sit down at a restaurant. Sipping on tea is beautifully calming and will take the edge off your hunger, making you much more likely to make healthy choices when you order. Herbal tea or a lovely pot of chai also makes for a great desert substitute when you’ve got a hankering for something sweet after your meal. Pack a few bags of your favourite organic tea blend to have on hand when flying or in your hotel room (just make sure you OK it with customs at your destination).
2. Go for green
Order veggies at every meal and eat them first. If your dish isn’t served with vegetables, order some as a side. The more you fill up on the good stuff, the less likely you are overdo it on the not-so-healthy options but this way you won’t be depriving yourself.
3. Do your research
Before you leave, get Googling and find some healthy, organic, vegetarian, or vegan restaurants near where you’ll be staying. If they are few and far between, find accommodation with a kitchen (Airbnb is great for this) and head to the local farmers market for ingredients. You’ll be living like a local (so much more fun than spending your trip in a throng of tourists), saving money, and staying healthy while you do it!
4. Get some shut-eye
Not getting enough sleep messes with the hormones that regulate your hunger and appetite, causing you to crave the quick energy hit of sugary junk food. Make sure you’ve got a travel pillow, ear plugs, a comfy eye mask, socks, and a scarf or sarong you can use as a blanket on hand when you’re globetrotting. You’ll be able to catch those all-important Zs just about anywhere from planes, to buses, to noisy hostel rooms. Perfect for when you arrive to find you’re staying next door to a construction site/major highway/lateral-thinking rooster who crows at any time of the day or night he pleases (I speak from experience on that one!). Bonus tip: pure lavender essential oil can help you relax –dab it on your temples and wrists before sleep.
5. Indulge on location
As tempting as it is to stock up on a box full of goodies from the nearest bakery or sweet store (or even that raw vegan café!) try to enjoy your indulgences there and then. This way, you’ll eat less and enjoy them more! If those treats are in your room or handbag you’ll end up eating them just because they are there and not because you’re actually hungry. Stocking up on goodies to-go also takes the ‘specialness’ out of sampling sweets from other cultures. If you want to have snacks on hand, fruit, veggies, nuts, and seeds are great portable options. I never take food back to my room unless I plan on eating it straight away and I hardly ever feel the need to snack when I’m on holiday.
Supporting your health while on the road will help you get the very most out of your trip! I’d love to hear from you – which tips are you going to try on your next vacation?
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Lots of love,