- Hannah Aylward
Healthy Traveling for a Better Vacation
How to Stay Healthy While Traveling ... So You Can Actually Enjoy Your Vacation
by Hannah Aylward
Summer isn’t quite over, so if you haven’t taken your much-needed vacation yet, it’s time to hop on it. Not only does taking time off just feel good, it is actually beneficial to our health. It is good for our minds, bodies, souls, and careers. Science shows us that taking vacations can help with stress reduction, heart disease prevention, productivity, and sleep. Sign us up!
One of the hardest things about traveling is being out of your routine. Eating out, waking up in a different time zone, sleeping in another bed, can impact us. For me, it’s all about keeping a balance — enjoying delicious wine while eating my veggies and getting my steps in. It is important I stay strong in my grounding health practices, so I can feel good throughout the duration of my trip and actually enjoy my time away. The last thing any of us would ever want is to feel anxious, exhausted and icky while exploring a new place. Nor do we want to worry about our health while jumping back into our normal work and social life when we return.
Maintaining your health routine is possible while enjoying your trip! Here are some of my top tips for staying healthy while vacationing your heart away.
Take a breath + let it go
The fact of the matter is you are not in your own space with all of your own things and your own schedule. Accept this and channel any anxiety into freedom and excitement. How wonderful is it that you get to gain this new perspective on life? How can you approach yourself with a little more compassion and grace? Enjoy new foods, drinks and activities, stay up later than normal, wake up for the sunrise, or order a cappuccino everywhere you go. (Is that just me?) Whatever it is, let these actions be small little pockets of joy while remembering to stay present with the foundation that you have built in your health routine. Going on vacation is a part of life, so this is a good time to practice balance.
Keep up with that daily yoga + meditation practice
This can be a game changer. Accept that this isn’t going to look like your normal, day-to-day practice. That’s ok. Whether it is 5 breaths, 5 minutes, or a class at a local studio, it works. By grounding down and connecting with your breath each day, you allow yourself to be more present and grateful during your entire trip.
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Discover the local healthy scene
Seek out the local healthy food restaurants, health food stores, juice bars, and yoga and fitness studios. This is one of my favorite things to do while traveling. It is such an amazing experience taking a yoga class in another country. The breath connects us all no matter where we are from or what we look like. You can find some of the best healthy treats in new places too — maybe ones you have never even seen before. Seeking out the healthy places also just gives you some peace of mind that you can get in some good nourishment while traveling around. I always make the first stop a grocery store where I can grab some essentials like water, almonds, carrots, fresh berries, and plant-based protein powder packs (which are easy to mix with water for a snack, if you’re in a pinch.) This helps you stick to a healthy foundation while still being flexible and choosing options that serve you.
Walking and biking are the best ways to see a new city. You can stop wherever you want, bop into inviting new places, and really get to know the ins and outs of the city. It is also such an easy way to get some movement in your day if you can’t squeeze in a full-length practice. Traveling can throw off the digestive and immune systems, so moving your body outside in the sunshine can really come in handy (because of immune-boosting vitamin D.) One of the best feelings is that full-body exhaustion after a long day, because you have just traversed a whole new city.
Keep up with habits you know make you feel your best
Daily movement, sunshine, good food, lots of water, and sleep are a must. Drink tons of water (especially while flying and after you wake up) and eat veggies (especially greens!), healthy fats, fresh fruit, and protein. These foods help keep us healthy, happy, and vibrant. They also help keep our blood sugar levels steady and our anxiety at bay, which is often even more necessary when traveling. Good food + proper hydration + movement = energy to sightsee all day.
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Check out my top travel supplements in this article here!
Have any questions about healthy travel? What do you do while on the road to make sure you stay healthy and happy?
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Hannah Aylward is a Certified Health Coach, nutrition consultant, fitness instructor, healthy living expert, and founder of HAN. She helps both men and women around the world lose weight, heal skin disturbances, balance hormones, heal gut imbalances and feel at home in their bodies through healthy eating, movement, mindfulness and positive self-talk. Her goal is to help others “learn the tools that they need to live the lives they deserve”. Get to know her by visiting her website and following her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.