Traveling has reached new heights, now more than ever before with travelers going all over the world to see new sights and explore exciting places. When going off into far-flung places it's easy to let yourself get off track and continue down that path once you get home.
“With age, comes wisdom. With travel, comes understanding.” – Sandra LakeWhen we travel, it's easy to stray, eat all the goodies, drink some wine, and not get enough sleep. I'm a believer in enjoying life to the fullest and indulging a bit, but there are some travel tips you can implement to get back on track or stay on track when you are away from home. Take in those memories and keep yourself happy and healthy with these simple tips.
- Take a Deep Breath - Getting on a plane is the funeral march to serenity, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve all been in stressful situations when traveling and letting yourself become overwhelmed can only make the situation worse. Try this next time the travel stress tries to take the fun away; breathe in through your nose for 7 seconds, hold for 3 seconds, and breathe out through your nose for 7 seconds. Allow your body to relax, become present in the moment rather than stressing over what happened on the way there or what is going to happen. You only need to live in one moment, not three.
- Get Your Zz’s- Getting to a new place is exciting and we want to find out every little thing about it before we have to head back home. However, it's necessary we allow our bodies and minds to rest so that we can get the full enjoyment of our new adventure rather than pushing ourselves too hard and remembering the bad or the hurt we experienced while we were there.
- Take a Walk - Being in a new place is a great excuse to get out and walk. You will find new shops and people you would never have seen from the window of a car. Some of the best memories you will take back with you will be the cute shops and interesting places you explored.
- Get Your Stretch on - Make sure you stretch before heading out for the day. It will help reduce your pain and stiffness throughout the day and minimize the wear and tear on your joints for years to come. Stretching for a couple of minutes in the morning will ready your body for the day to come and get you in the mindset for a stress-free environment.
- Eat Your Breakfast - Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially when traveling. You need to fuel your body so you are able to do all the things you want to during your travel. Make sure to keep some quick snacks in your bag for those times you get stuck without a restaurant nearby.
- Hydrate - Dehydration can happen quickly, especially when traveling. Pack a water bottle to bring with you in your everyday travel bag so you can fill it throughout the day. Avoid city water since you don't know what each city has in it or check on their website before. Staying hydrated keeps your body and mind sharp and energy levels up.
- Protect your skin - No one wants a bad burn ruining holiday plans so make sure you stay on top of sunscreen. Not only does it help prevent skin cancer but it can keep you looking young long into the future.
- Take Your Vitamins - Keep your daily supplements and vitamin regiment going strong when you're away from home. Your body needs more nutrients when it’s in a new environment so Vitamin B and C are critical.
- Find fresh food - When you are traveling, checking out new food is some of the most exciting parts. Check out the local market for new finds local to the area. You never know what new favorite foods you’ll find.
- Know your needs - Taking breaks is critical even on vacations. Trying to fit all your hopes and dreams of this vacation in a small time frame can leave you frustrated and upset. Be realistic with yourself and know your limits. Know what major sites you would like to see before heading home and plan around those. If you know you have a tendency to run late add some extra padding hours so you don’t run out of time and stress out making all your destinations.
Now get out there and have a great, and relaxing, vacation!