Keeping Happy and Healthy During Your Travels

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Keeping Happy and Healthy During Your Travels

Travelling sure is a dream. We get to relax, rest, rejuvenate, and soak up the sights and sounds of a new place without the stresses of everyday life. However, it can also be hectic, and a little all over the place, so it can be hard to maintain your sanity, as well as your regular eating habits. If you happen to be more health conscious, travelling can be a real challenge.
So here are a few tips to help you find that balance between having fun and maintaining a (somewhat) healthy lifestyle while you’re away.
It’s way too easy to get into holiday mode, clock out of reality and happily soak up the sunshine, isn’t it? Especially after a gruelling flight or an uncomfortable train journey. So it’s important to keep your body moving. An easy way to do this is to walk as much as you can, especially around major cities. I can promise you that everything is definitely a lot closer than it looks! Or, you can jump on a bike tour, or even keep up your workouts and take advantage if your hotel has a gym.
It’s scarily effortless to go overboard on the eating whilse travelling. Who can blame us though? It can be a tough challenge to say no to delicious fresh pasta in Italy, or turn away a selection of local cheeses in France. With that said, however, it’s important to maintain a somewhat steady eating routine, which will also make it easier to say goodbye to those naughty eating habits you’ve developed when you’re sadly boarding that plane home. Some ways to do that could be to bring your own snacks for your full day of exploring. I’d recommend avoiding the commercial rest stops if you’re on a road trip, but rather stock up on fresh fruits or make your own sandwiches for the journey ahead.
Travelling is all about going and rarely stopping. So it’s very important to try and squeeze in your downtime, just like you would if you were home. Be sure to keep up your sleeping schedule, aiming for 7-8 hours a night, and try and sneak in some strategic naps, too!
As uncool as it is to discuss, keeping clean and avoiding catching germs will help you enjoy your travels much more. Especially if you being cautious results in you missing out on catching the typical travelling cold. Ensure you wash your hands with soap and warm water often, and use hand sanitiser when needed.Top tip: beware of contagious tourists!
Water is your best friend when travelling, so have it on you at all times. Drink bottled water where tap water is not safe, and try and avoid too many boozy evenings that are heavy on the alcohol. It might seem like a good idea at the time, but travel hangovers are not fun. At all!
And most importantly, be sure to enjoy your time away! Enjoying a good holiday away will have the biggest affect on your happiness and wellbeing of all.
Written by Katherine Reynolds / facebook/katthewanderer / @katthewanderer