When it comes to travelling the world, a lot of us focus solely on having a fantastic time and kind of forget about our health and wellbeing. With so much different food and drink on offer, plus an excuse to just lay on the beach for hours a day, we can sometimes forget to look after ourselves properly. If you don’t want to fall into this trap and end up feeling worse when you get home, here are six tips to help you stay healthy while travelling.
Watch what you eat
I’ve been so lucky to experience some delicious cuisines from around the world – and food can be one of the best parts about travelling. However, that doesn’t mean you should raid the buffet in every hotel. Instead, be mindful about what you’re eating and how much of it you’re eating. Stick to the same principals that you would do at home, whatever they may be.
If you’re on a self-catering trip, then you can also cook some fantastic food in your rented apartment or villa, instead of eating out at restaurants every night. You don’t want to get home feeling like you’ve quite literally eaten the world.
When you’re travelling, it can be tempting just to sit back, relax, and rely on public transport. However, it’s vital that you keep moving when you’re globetrotting. Not only will this help keep you healthy, but there’s another awesome benefit to this, too. If you walk around everywhere, you’ll see so much more of the destination than you would by taking the subway, for example. Plus, you’ll get a healthy dose of Vitamin D every day.
Avoid too much alcohol
It can be tempting to raid the minibar when you’re travelling, or even have a few too many delicious cocktails every night. However, there’s nothing worse than waking up with a hangover and not wanting to do anything the next day. Try to limit your alcohol intake so that you don’t feel completely unproductive the next day. Plus, in some countries, the alcohol is a lot stronger in those cocktails – so keep an eye on how much you’re drinking.
Watch the water
As well as watching what you drink in terms of alcohol, you may also want to consider the water you drink. Tap water isn’t safe in every country, and it’s essential you know if this is the case wherever you’re visiting. No one wants to spend a week of their holiday feeling sick because of bad tap water. If the water isn’t drinkable, then you should also avoid salad washed in tap water and ice cubes in your drinks.
Take some time out
Travelling can be a lot of fun, but it can also take its toll – especially if you’re going for quite a while. Instead of packing your itinerary with a ton of things to do, make sure you leave some space to just do nothing, too. You’ll definitely need some downtime on your trip, instead of rushing around to see the next attraction. The last thing you want to do is stress yourself out and get home feeling like you need a vacation just to get over your trip.
Keep yourself safe
The last tip is a bit of common sense, but should definitely be said. If you want to stay healthy while travelling, then you need to keep yourself safe. A hospital trip could totally ruin your experience – and it can be really expensive, too. Did you know that treatment in a U.S. hospital can cost up to $10,000 a day? Trust your gut instinct, don’t push yourself too hard, and don’t do anything you wouldn’t try at home.
These six tips should help you stay nice and healthy while travelling, meaning you’ll feel so much better when you finally finish your trip – whether you’re gone for one week or ten!
Do you have any other suggestions to add to the list? Please do let me know in the comments.
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