Maintaining our wellness, taking care of ourselves physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually in order to be our best and most present selves, is very important. We must attend to it every day and make that practice a regular part of our day and routine. So what happens when you hit the road on some great travels? Probably for most of us, this is time where we break our wellness habits and indulge because we’re on holiday. This is such a destructive pattern though. When we upset our wellness routine on vacation, we lose the progress we worked on at home. I learned this first-hand when I began travelling full-time. I am always on the road, so I don’t have a daily routine. At first I struggled with this transition of course, but I learned to incorporate wellness into my travel schedule. Once I did, I felt happier and healthier and better able to appreciate all the beautiful places I was visiting! So whether you’re taking off for a week, a few months, or indefinitely, there’s no excuse for neglecting your wellness on your travels. Here are my pro tips for maintaining travel wellness:
I bet most of you don’t drink the 2L of water you need each day. And then add onto that another cup for every coffee and alcoholic drink you have that day. Our bodies need so much water to operate at peak performance, and this is never more apparent than when we travel. If you really pay attention to your water intake, you can hit that daily intake requirement and you’ll be more awake and alert than if you had 4 espressos!
There’s no getting around the fact that you need 8 hours of sleep each night. Every single person, every single night, no exceptions. And be sure to allow yourself a bedtime routine (just like when you were a kid!), so you turn off the electronics a half hour before bed, get cleaned up, read or listen to soothing music, and ease yourself into sleep. This helps your body make the transition from awake to sleep, so that you can get a deeper, better sleep.
Whenever you travel, there’s an urge to see and do everything and squeeze so much into your schedule that you barely have time to sit down. I know it’s tempting, but please resist! Think about how much active time you have in your regular day and how much rest time your allow yourself. You can push that limit a bit, but don’t forget that you need time to unwind and relax or else you’ll burn out.
Travel is no excuse for not exercising. I bring my sneakers and gym clothes everywhere I travel so that I can go for a run wherever I am. It doesn’t have to be a big time commitment, just go run a couple miles every day or two. I promise it will do wonders for your body and your emotional wellbeing while you’re travelling. Plus it’s a chance to have alone time (we all know that no travel partner is perfect!) and see some more of your destination!
I know you don’t want to hear this, but travel is also not an excuse to throw your healthy eating habits out the window. It can’t be pastries and pasta every meal with drinks every night. Your body just can’t function with that kind of fuel input! Obviously you shouldn’t skip on all of it, but try to limit your splurge meals to once every few days. Plus, they have healthy foods in every country, so there’s definitely still plenty of local cuisine to explore!
You’ve already made the commitment to your mind and body to maintain your wellness at home, so don’t cheat yourself by blowing it on holiday. I promise you’ll enjoy your travels even more if you work to stay healthy while you’re on the road! For more travel advice and to see some of the places I’ve traveled, head over to my travel blog at BrittanyfromBoston.com.