We’re all guilty of going on a trip and seeing it as a reason to slack off on the workouts and over indulging in everything we see because we’re on vacation. And that doesn’t always have to be a bad thing. I mean, if you’re in Italy for the first time, then you absolutely need to eat all of the pizza, pasta and gelato you can get your hands on. These tips are more for the people who need to stay on track to get to their goal or they’re about to go on a trip and just need to be reminded of all the things that will help them maintain a semblance of their routine.
This might seem like an obvious one but it’s really easy to call a cab. Whenever you need to get somewhere and it’s walking distance, even if it takes a bit longer, walk. It’s easy to call an uber and take the easy way out (and if you’re in high heels by all means!). But if you’re unsure what to do and you know you could walk there no problem, then do it! If you’re somewhere for the first time, it’s also nice to walk around to take it all in as opposed to taking a cab or subway and missing things you would have enjoyed seeing. When I travel I find it’s much more rewarding for me to go on a walk. I mean you’re in a different city! It’s exciting and you want to explore.
2. Buy a big bottle of water
When you first get to your destination, go to any drugstore or market and buy yourself a huge jug of water. This will motivate you to drink a whole bunch of water because you see it when you wake up and when you go to bed. But also because this way you’re not confusing your thirst for hunger. I know it happens to me all the time when I’m in my hotel room and I’m so hungry I could eat everything in sight. Or at least I thought I was hungry. Having a big gulp of water whenever you can will keep you full and block out any possibility of you cracking open that in-room snack bar.
3. Restaurant research
Planning ahead of time is key if you want to eat more on the healthy side. When we’re hungry, it’s really easy for us to decide on any old restaurant and indulge in whatever is available. Before a trip I like looking up the area I’m staying in, and making a list of some restaurants and cafes that offer healthy options. This also leaves me worry free because when I get there, I know what to look forward to and it’s kind of like a part of my itinerary is already planned. If all else fails, there’s usually a Starbucks wherever you are. So if you need to, order that healthy oatmeal which will fill you right up!
This is one of the more important points I’m making. Also obvious but we never do it. I’m horrible for going to bed early on a trip. Maybe it’s because I’m excited to be where I am, but falling asleep at a decent hour is difficult. Sleep is definitely something you need while travelling because it’s the foundation of the energy you’ll need to explore wherever you are. If you don’t get your beauty rest, you’ll end up feeling groggy when you wake up and knowing how much you need to visit might seem a bit daunting when you’re feeling sluggish. Yes, we know concealer can cover anything and coffee can give you double the energy you started out with, but all you need to do is go to bed at a reasonable hour, don’t think about anything and relax. Don’t forget to keep your blinds open because if you don’t, you wake up in darkness and won’t remember what year it is, let alone what time it is.
5. Don’t cram in all the sightseeing
This one might seem like it wouldn’t affect your health, but stress can play a huge role in your mental health! I used to want to see as much of the city as possible in the shortest amount of time to “get it out of the way” and relax afterwards. Huge mistake! I would end up so exhausted after the first day that my second and third day just wouldn’t be as enjoyable. Everything in moderation as they say. Try as best as you can to fit things in within the area it’s all found in. And don’t try to make it to that cool spot on the other side of the city because you’ll be so tired when you get there, all you’ll want to do is head back to the hotel. Just spread things out and see what you can in order to enjoy it all.
Even if you’ve heard all of these tips 100 times, let’s be honest, it doesn’t always happen. Live your best life and enjoy your travels no matter what your goal is. If it’s to indulge in Chicago’s deep dish, do that! If you had a couple extra drinks and you can’t go to sleep right away, you’re on vacation right? But if you needed some motivation for an upcoming trip, I hope these little tips help to make a world of difference.
“Healthy habits are learned in the same way as unhealthy ones – through practice.” – Wayne W. Dyer