Are you planning a vacation this summer or perhaps a weekend road trip? That doesn’t mean you have to throw away all of your health and fitness progresses out the window. You can travel, enjoy yourself and stay healthy all at the same time. By combining my knowledge as a health coach and my experience as a world traveller, I am bringing to you today my top tips on staying healthy while travelling.
Short Term Apartment Rental
We all love staying in a hotel, it feels luxurious and gives us the true sense of being on vacation. The main problem with booking a hotel for your next vacation are your meals. When staying in a hotel you will most likely eat out a bunch because you don’t have access to a kitchen. The solution here is to look for apartments that can be rented out short term. The apartment will have a kitchen and you will be able to cook some homemade meals instead of eating out.
There and Back Snacks
Whether you are going by plane, train or car you know there won’t be many healthy snack options on the way. Whenever I fly I make sure to pack my own snacks and meals. Of course there will be a meal provided for you on the flight, but there is a good chance it’s full of trans fats and sugar which will do no good for your waist line. Don’t be fooled by selecting the “vegan” option on the menu either and thinking it’s healthy… it’s just white pasta with tomato sauce. Most airlines allow almost everything except liquids through security. Some of my favourite options are homemade trail mix, fruits and salads. If you are taking the train or driving, even better. You can pretty much pack anything with no restrictions. Always make sure you pack enough so you don’t get hungry half way and end up stopping at a gas station for a snack. We all know that won’t end up well.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
By now we all know the importance of water and staying hydrated. When we are travelling it is easy to forget to drink water. Make sure you not only pack water for the trip but once you arrive at your destination I recommend having a 1L water bottle with you at all times. You can refill it as the day goes on. If you are travelling through Europe, it’s actually quite easy to find fountains with drinkable water in the cities – bonus!
There is a good chance you will skip a few workouts since you are not home. That being said workouts can easily be completed in a park or on the beach, but if that’s not your top priority while on vacation, that’s fine. Give your body a break from lifting weights and try walking. We sometime forget that walking is physical activity and if you are sight seeing all day long you have the opportunity to do tons of that. I am always surprised of how sore I can be the next day after all full day of exploring. When you choose to walk over public transportation you’ll even save money, who wouldn’t want that. Oh and don’t forget your water, you’ll need it!
The four tips I have listed above are already plenty for staying healthy while travelling but if you want to kick it up a notch bring your superfood powder of choice on the trip. Superfood powders are easy to pack and pack a punch of nutrients. Mix it in with water in the morning and there you go. Keeping your nutrients high will be important for you to be able to keep your energy up. You don’t want to end up missing out on a fun adventure just because of low energy or because you feel terrible from over-indulging.
Now, all of that being said, please don’t travel to Italy and skip on the gelato, or chocolate in Switzerland or a beer in Germany…I could go on and on but you get my point. Food is often part of the experience when we travel, especially if you are travelling to Europe. You will really miss out if you don’t try a few local delicacies. An added bonus is that most of the food is not prepared the same way as it would be in North America. The Italians for example take great pride in their dishes and would never add… I’m just going to say it, crap in their creations.
Stay healthy, indulge a little, and don’t feel bad about it.