Do you put a lot of effort into leading a healthy lifestyle on a daily basis?
You will agree that it's often quite challenging to maintain those healthy habits while traveling. You may end up either gaining weight or losing weight after their trips. Or you may just feel exhausted after a holiday (which let's face it absolutely should not be the case!)
Sometimes I felt guilty after returning home from a trip, and I felt an urge to get back to my normal habits. I realized that the key for an overall better vacation experience was to find a good balance between self-deprivation and falling into an infinite loop of saying "I'm on vacation so I deserve it".
So here are some tips that I've learned to adopt during my travels to help you stay healthy while away from home.
It's important to research what your options are in the destination country, especially if you have food allergies or a specific diet to follow. You need to keep in mind that every country has its own food culture and not every country has a wide range of restaurants offering food for all dietary preferences.
In Europe, we don't customize the dishes that we order as it is considered to be very rude. The only exception would be that you may change the side dish in some cases. Just a simple example: if you're in France and you order a dish that is traditionally fried with butter, NO ONE will prepare it for you with olive oil.
Maintaining your healthy lifestyle starts with understanding what your destination has to offer regarding food, exercise, or other relaxing and wellness habits that are important to you.
Planning ahead will prevent you from feeling stressed out about where to go to eat, what to eat, how to keep your energy levels high and how not to feel overwhelmed while traveling.
Check out these points before departing:
We often give ourselves a lot of excuses to eat whatever we want because we're on vacation and we deserve it. Or we do the opposite and we hold on tight a specific diet and we don't even try out local specialties.
I truly believe that trying out local cuisine is a quintessential part of experiencing the local culture. But you don't have to try out everything at once. If your accommodation offers buffet breakfast or all-inclusive services that don't mean that you have to eat 3 rounds at breakfast and put everything on your plate.
Make simple conscious decisions and observe how your body reacts. Enjoy all the unique and delicious foods your destination has to offer while giving your body the nutrients it needs to keep you feeling your best.
Here are some tips on how to keep healthier eating habits while traveling:
Traveling to a destination that you're not familiar with can take its toll on our body. The unknown means for some people a lot of stress or anxiety. There comes also a lot of waiting sometimes at the airport, carrying the heavy bags, getting familiar with the local transport systems, not speaking the local language, unsure about what to eat, etc. Plus if you're body is used to a regular exercise routine, it will definitely be in the need of some type of exercise even if you're traveling.
Here are some ways to incorporate exercise into your travel:
Get adequate rest and sleep while traveling and don't overstrain your body. Sleep is an essential part of feeling good in your body and for your mental health. There is no need to go our partying 'til late at night every night and drinking a lot of alcohol. Don't plan way too many activities during the day. Some people say: "I can also sleep and relax at home". But what's the whole point of being on vacation if you're feeling tired and exhausted all the time? How can you enjoy yourself then? Set up your own boundaries and don't try to meet other people's expectations on what's cool and what's not cool to do when you're on vacation.
Keep your daily skincare routine even if you're traveling. Spend rather some extra money on adding bigger luggage to your flight ticket, but don't leave home your skincare essentials. Or even if you're feeling exhausted after a long day, still remove your makeup and make some time for your basic skin care routine. Your skin is really sensitive when it comes to changing weather conditions, irregular daily activities, lack of proper nutrition and sleep.
So it might take some extra effort, but it is indeed possible to keep healthy during your travel. With a little bit of self-awareness, you can get the most out of your travel by feeling your best with good nutrition, proper exercise and adequate rest.