The Importance of Wellness When You Travel
When you travel solo, it’s really important to look after yourself. Travelling alone takes much more energy than when you are travelling with others. You have to navigate your way around and make several decisions every day. Health and wellness importance is vital to your trip especially if you're not heading to a wellness resort.
The perfect holiday choice is booking into a wellness retreat through Vacayou, but whatever your reason for travelling, whether you’re planning on spending a week in a city sightseeing or on a bucket-list adventure somewhere exotic, here are some ways to stay well on your travels.
Be Sensible on The Plane
Before you even arrive at your destination, your travels begin in the air and on your flight. Whether you are in premium economy or business class with free flowing champagne or squeezed into cattle class, it can be tempting to celebrate setting off on your adventures with a drink or two.
As the humidity level of the air inside a plane can be extremely low, don’t forget to stay hydrated and if you do have a glass or two of something alcoholic, make sure that you balance it out with water too. If you’re prone to travel sickness you could try herbal teas such as chamomile and green tea instead, that are known to help with the motion.
When you arrive on your holiday, staying hydrated is definitely key. If you are unsure of the tap water in your destination, take a water filter flask with you or if you buy bottled water ensure that the hygiene seal is intact before taking that first refreshing sip. Always carry water with you, especially on a journey, just in case the bus doesn’t stop for a refreshment stop.
Sugary drinks are known to zap your energy and you may end up feeling thirstier and more dehydrated in the long run, so don’t forget to drink enough water; otherwise, you might get headaches, feel fatigued, and have difficulty concentrating.
Get Plenty of Sleep
Travel and exploring can be tiring, both mentally and physically. With so much going on, your brain has plenty to process, so give it a proper opportunity to recharge with at least seven hours sleep every night. Having a good night’s sleep can also help fight off infections. It also helps with your concentration levels and having to navigate or be vigilant when you’re travelling by yourself.
Move Your Body
The old adage of ‘healthy body, healthy mind’ has never been truer than when travelling. It’s easy to sit on the beach, overindulge in exotic cuisine and party the night (and even your mornings) away. But it can leave you feeling tired, lethargic, and even prone to feeling home-sick and lonely.
Exercise is one of the best ways to get rid of weariness and makes you feel invigorated, ready for the days of sightseeing ahead. Walk as much as you can, practice yoga positions in your hotel room, hire a bike for an hour or go for a jog to sightsee. There are so many ways that you can still keep active when you travel.
Trying out local delicacies is an integral part of traveling, and who can resist sampling the local cuisine, meeting local people and experiencing the country’s culture. But sometimes the delicacies or unusual-looking meat may not agree with you.
Your body needs protein to maintain its immune system and fight off those bugs, so make a point of choosing something nutritious and protein-rich, at least for your main meal of the day. Making smart choices when ordering food in a restaurant abroad can not only help you to not gain any extra weight but also keep any digestive problems at bay.
If you are travelling on a shoestring budget, it is easy to find yourself on a carb-heavy diet, especially if you are in countries where fresh vegetables aren’t difficult to find (hello Mongolia). But if you’re lucky enough to be spending some time in the Mediterranean, the Mediterranean diet is abundant in vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole wheat, and, of course, olive oil.
For anywhere else, swop fried or sautéed vegetables for steamed, grilled, boiled or roasted and eat plenty of salad (in countries where the tap water is okay).
Keep snacks with you when you are out for the day to keep your energy levels high in-between meals. Eating foods rich in potassium are really beneficial if you know that you have a busy day ahead of you. Bananas are fantastic as they come in their own hygienic wrapper and can be easily chucked into your rucksack ready for a snacking emergency. Or you could carry nuts with you instead.
Keep Your Immune System High
In this current climate, it’s even more important to stay healthy when you travel and to keep your immune system high. When you travel, chances are you will be encountering different bacteria and germs that your body hasn’t been exposed to before. Keeping your immune system strong while you are away is vital, as you don’t want to fall ill alone in a foreign country.
Make a point of washing your hands as often as possible, and avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes. Take a hand gel or wet wipes with you when you go out for the day too.
It can be hard to stick to a routine when you travel. It only takes one night on the town before your meal routine goes completely out the window. From kipping in happening hostels and travelling on long bus journeys, it’s inevitable that at some point it will all catch up with you. What’s important is that you keep getting your vitamins and minerals, which may be lacking in your meals. If you’re unsure if you can stay healthy when you travel, you can always take some probiotics or multi-vitamins with you.
A hot climate can sometimes steal your energy, so getting enough B vitamins can provide you with that much-needed stamina. B vitamins help the body convert protein and sugar into energy, which can be used on that breathtaking hike or when dashing around a hot and hectic city.
Magnesium is also good for you. It’s a mineral that contributes to steady energy release and reduction of tiredness and can help promote a good night’s rest as it decreases the levels of cortisol, which is essentially the stress hormone.
Starting a cycle of vitamin C before, during and after your travels is also a good idea for your trip, to keep you one step ahead of any viruses. By packing multivitamins and taking them in conjunction with regular, balanced meals, you will avoid missing out on the essentials that you need to stay healthy and well on holiday.
I hope that this article has given you some ideas to keep you feeling fit and well for your next trip.
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