Howdy! 😀 Do you ever struggle with maintaining a healthy routine while traveling? Yes? No…? Well, you are not alone. 🙂
I got curious about how my seasoned Traveler friends stay healthy while traveling… And whatever your position on healthy travel, these real-life Travel Expert Tips might be exactly what you need… 😉
Travel Expert Tips: How To Stay Healthy While Traveling!
Let’s be honest; while travel is fun it can take a toll on our mental and physical bodies…
Hence with these ‘healthy travel expert tips’, we focus on the little, daily habits to stay healthy: mentally, physically & emotionally, while traveling.
Joe Were (Jaydabliu): Documentary & Travel Photographer
As a Documentary & Travel Photographer, Joe Were (JW) is constantly traveling solo and in groups.
He shares how to cope mentally with both…
1. Read, Netflix and Travel…
JW Says: Traveling solo can get lonely, so carry your favorite book or download podcasts beforehand.
The Netflix Mobile App allows you to download movies that you can access offline… I usually save at least 10 of my favorite movies offline especially if it’s going to be a long trip.
Music is also a great way to stay grounded, happy and easy… So having your fave playlists at hand works! 🙂
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2. Group Travel? Stay Sane By Defining Your roles
JW Says: When traveling as a group, defining your roles helps a great deal.
For example, on the ‘Unscrambling Africa’ project, I knew that I was the navigator, Josh cooked while Mutua handled the money…etc.
Such things boost group camaraderie, which in turn keeps everyone sane and getting along.
Lenana: Travel Photographer & Blogger
Lenana, one of my favorite Travel Bloggers, has found a creative way to incorporate workouts into travel…
3. Plan Your Trips Around Sporting Events…
Lenana Says: In the past, I’ve been terrible with staying healthy… but I found a way that works for me.
My boyfriend is really into hikes, marathons and climbing mountains… Since he partakes these activities in different destinations, I plan my travels around them so that I can take part and also enjoy my travels… 🙂
Tj the Mentalyst: Visual Orator & Photographer
Trevor, a.k.a Tj the Mentalyst, travels a lot for work & fun; he shares his insights on how to strike a balance between the two…
4. Research, Research, Research!
Tj Says: You’ve got to do prior research on your destination. That’s where it all starts: Is it out of your comfort zone? How is the weather? How are the people?
Fix that before traveling and you’ll mentally have an easier time…
5. Find a Balance Between Fun & Rest…
Tj Says: Monitor your body, getting burned-out is very easy. We get so trapped in having fun that we forget to eat well and rest.
If you can, cook your own meals- it’s always the cheaper and healthier option.
Depending on your type of activities, stay hydrated and regulate your sugar intake to keep energized.
Love yourself and the rest will happen. 🙂
Muthoni Gathitu: Thinkk Travels Owner & Travel Enthusiast
6. Keep it simple: Take Long Walks
Muthoni Says: I love walking, so I travel in sneakers and get my exercises in through walking or jogging.
For example, in Cape Town we found an outdoor gym and took long morning walks. If you must gym, do prior research on where the gyms are located. Google Maps is your friend! 😀
7. Practice Meditation and Stay Positive
Muthoni says: I try to meditate daily and stay present while traveling… Travel is therapeutic, as it helps me to declutter and renew my energy.
Also, traveling in groups over a long period can get overwhelming…
So I try not taking things personally or getting easily irritated by people or situations. Otherwise, you’ll generate bad vibes and end up missing out on so much!
>>Make a conscious effort to stay positive through the trip. 🙂
8. Lightweight Stomach? Stick to What You Know!
Muthoni Says: Avoid eating random things if you’re prone to getting sick. Choose healthier options with a few treat meals.
On my first trip to Cape Town, my friend and I didn’t pay attention to what we ate… In two weeks, our ‘beach bodies’ were gone! 😀
The next visit, we exercised and cooked our own meals; we felt energized through the trip and after! 🙂
Aluoch Bonnita: Travel Blogger
9. Drink Lots of Water & Reset
Bonnita Says: I travel to reset my system: emotionally and mentally. I also take lots of water which helps to avoid common headaches while on the road. 🙂
Grace Njeri : Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger
10. Never Skip Breakfast!
Njeri Says: Have a proper breakfast plan! When traveling, I always ensure to set-up my breakfast plans at the hotel…
I prefer the English breakfast, and I mean from cereal to eggs and toast! Since most hotels have a set time-limit for breakfast, you get an early start, feeling energized. 😀
11. Social Media Detox
Njeri Says: Social Media detox is my best way of staying healthy when traveling.
I’m all about getting a good photo for the Gram! But l discovered that I’d barely enjoy my trips while trying to get ‘the shot’.
My Secret tip: explore early in the morning and take your photos then, since there are fewer people around. Plus you can then enjoy the rest of your day savoring the trip. 😉
In Cape Town, I reserved one of the last days for photography and spent more time exploring.
Patrick Muntzinger: Backpacker & Travel Blogger
12. Allocate Downtime
You may remember Patrick from our Blog Feature: Adventures of the German Backpacker in Kenya…
Patrick Says: Plan for sufficient downtime to relax; days when it’s okay not to do anything, especially for long trips.
13. Bonus Travel Expert Tips:
- Pack healthy snacks for you & your kids to eat on the way.
- Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes while on the road/flight for easy blood flow
- Download a mindfulness App like ‘Calm’ for meditation exercises & to help you fall asleep
- Keep a daily journal to reflect and put things into perspective
- Download a Fitness app like 30 Day Fitness to keep up with your workouts while on the go
Whoa thank you for reading! I hope you found these ‘Healthy Travel Expert Tips’ useful. 🙂
Do you have some tips to add to the list? Share with us! Shoot your comments, questions or input on the Comments Section down below. 😉
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