I have been on the road a lot lately for both work and play (check out my Instagram for some shots of my adventures!). Personally, I love to travel. I find so much happiness in exploring new places, and even like the process of going to the airport, flying, etc. I think it’s because I’m the type of person who likes to try new things and there is nothing like a trip to put you outside your comfort zone and let you see what the world has to offer!
Travelling can have a bit of a downside too, though. When you’re squeezing it in around busy work and life commitments, sometimes hitting the road can mean taking some hits to your health. I have been lucky enough over the last few years to have been able to travel a lot in the last few years, and have developed some key principles that I try to stick to when I’m travelling so that I feel upbeat, refreshed and excited throughout the whole trip.
Here are my top tips for staying healthy and happy while travelling:
- Plan ahead: As someone who is a little too A-type for her own good, I like to know what is going to go down when I hit the ground. I always make sure to have my travel and accommodations mapped out before I land. That way, you avoid any last minute scrambling, surprise expenses and midnight stresses when you’re exhausted but can’t find a place to stay. I also find that when I know where and what I am going to be doing, I get way more excited!
- Map out where to eat: This is pretty similar to above, but if you’re like me and you love food it is a must do! I love having a list of top (vegan and vegan friendly) restaurants before landing. Generally, I map everything out on my Google Maps app on my phone, and this lets me know where the top spots that I want to hit are. This way, when I’m wandering around exploring I can always make sure that I know where our next tasty pitstop is going to be. I love Happy Cow‘s website and app to find some great options where ever I am.
- Bring snacks: I am infamous for having a “mom bag” packed with snacks and let me tell you this never comes in handy more than when I am travelling. Before I leave I pack my suitcase with tons of oatmeal, dried fruit, nuts, healthy snack bars, rice cakes etc. so that I have a few snacks and simple meals covered if I get in a pinch and can’t find any healthy, vegan options when I land. I also usually bring food with me on the plane in a tupperware container. Quinoa salads, trail mix and (if you’re travelling domestic) fresh fruit are a great way to sidestep gross airplane food. Once I’m at my destination, I try to hit up a grocery store and load up on fresh fruits and veggies. If I’m staying in an Air B’n’B or somewhere with a kitchen, I also grab some easy lunch and dinner options like a healthy gluten free bread and avocado, or gluten-free pasta so that I’m not eating out the whole time that I’m away.
- Get sweaty: Exercise is also so key in making sure that a trip stays balanced and healthy. I love staying in accommodations that have a gym, but if that’s not an option I will go for a run or try to rent a bike. These options are a total win-win because they allow me to get my blood moving but also provide an opportunity to explore a new locale! If for whatever reason those options aren’t on the table, I also love squeezing in HIIT workouts or yoga. These generally don’t require much other than a little patch of floor space, and there are some great websites and apps that make it easy to practice on the go. I like Fitness Blender and Yoga.com. If all else fails, just get out there and enjoy yourself! Walking all day, or trying something new can be a great way to stay active without doing any “exercise.”
- Hydration: I’ve found that hydration also really impacts how I feel when I’m travelling. I usually bring an empty water bottle so that I can have something on hand at all times. Also, I try to make sure that I’ve pre-hydrated before I get on the plane. This makes a huge difference to how I feel when I land and really helps avoid that yucky parched and exhausted feeling.
- Get some shut eye: Sometimes, travelling can be the perfect opportunity to catch up on on sleep, because you’re away from some of your normal obligations. I generally try to get quite a bit of extra shut eye while I’m on the road and do my best to sync my circadian rhythm with wherever I am going to be. This means resisting the temptation to watch movies all night if I’m on a long haul flight – which can be tough! Overall, though, I have really found that making sure I’m half-ways synced up with the time of where I am headed really helps reduce jet lag and let’s me better enjoy my trip.
So that’s it! I have found that being organized really helps me to make sure that I’m staying healthy while travelling. It’s not much work, and it totally changes how I feel and how much I enjoy where I’m headed. Let me know in the comments below if you have any other ideas!