While it’s supposed to be a time of rest and relaxation, it is too easy to get rundown when on vacation. Changing temperatures and time zones, and travelling in the small confines of planes, trains and buses, can all take a toll on your health. But the last thing you need is to spend your vacation in bed with the flu! To keep your immune system strong and waistline intact, follow these tips to maintain a healthy travel experience.
1. Before you leave: be extra healthy
In the lead-up to your vacation, make sure your diet is full of healthy vitamins and minerals that will boost your immunity. Take vitamin supplements such as echinacea and vitamin c to give you an extra kick. There is nothing worse than being on a plane, where the person behind you is coughing, sniffling and sneezing! Building your immune system will help you withstand these potential threats.
2. Keep a first aid kit
Once you are on the road, it is always helpful to have a small first aid kit. Not only will it help in emergencies, but it can also hold some of your basic medications like cold and flu medicine and pain killers.
For those adventure-seekers, remember just because you’re on vacation, doesn’t mean you need to spend every minute doing something. Be sure to sleep in or give yourself an early night every once in a while, to restore your body clock and give your vehicle the rest it needs.
Not only is walking a great way to discover your destination, it is also the best way to keep fit on vacation. We don’t expect you to visit the gym every day (but I’m always impressed by those who do!), so instead of taking a train or bus or taxi around town – walk!
5. Eat well
When on vacation, you must indulge in special treats and large servings of the local cuisine. But just be mindful of what you are feeding your body. If you haven’t eaten a proper serving of fruit and vegetables that day, opt for a healthy meal that evening. Freshly-squeezed juices are also a great way to get your daily dose of goodness. A fruit or vegetable juice is a simple and delicious way of getting your essential nutrients – and an added bonus if you’re somewhere tropical!
If you’re planning a whole day out, be sure to stop at a supermarket and pick up some healthy snacks. Not only will an apple give you a much-needed energy boost, it’s also cheaper and healthier than stopping for ice cream in the middle of a tourist hot spot.
6. Drink lots of water
Water is the most essential ingredient to any healthy body! Take a bottle of water with you whenever you leave your hotel. Even if you are spending a lazy day by the pool, all the heat (and midday margaritas) can easily dehydrate you. Never forget to take a bottle of water on long distance trips bus and train trips. In some countries, you may not know if you’ll be stopping for snack break!
Extra tip: Do your research. Be sure to check which vaccinations are recommended for your travel destination. Also, don’t forget to take out travel insurance – just in case you do hit a health hazard.