When I’m travelling, I love nothing more than trying out new bars, restaurants and indulging in local foods. For me, that’s part of the joy of exploring new destinations. That being said, it makes it quite challenging to stick with healthy habits when you’re constantly on the go and perhaps eating and drinking more than you normally would.
However, I’ve learned a few tricks along the way to help me keep my health and fitness levels balanced. By implementing the following tips into my everyday routine when I’m traveling, I’m able to feel happy, healthy and fully enjoy every place I visit.
I hope my five simple tips will help you guys to stay healthy whilst making the most of your travels!
For me, part of the fun of exploring a new place is to try a new activity. If it’s a beach destination, I love paddle-boarding it’s so much fun, but also a total body workout. Other great activities at the beach are kayaking or snorkelling, they keep you fit without feeling like you’re doing a workout. Otherwise, if there is a viewpoint where I am, I’ll definitely take advantage of it. You feel like having magical views is the reward for the hike to the top. I’d say I’m actually MORE active when I’m traveling because there is always somewhere new to explore.
As I mentioned, for me food and drink are a key experience when traveling. You really don’t want to miss out on trying new dishes, simply because you’re trying to stick to a diet.
I would hate to travel to Thailand and not try Pad Thai, it would be practically criminal to go to Italy and not eat all of the pasta. Would you really go to Spain and not indulge in tapas with wine, or head to Cambodia and not enjoy Mju Krueng? Don’t even get me started on hummus in the Middle East! The way to stay healthy when traveling, isn’t by sticking to a strict diet. It’s about finding the balance – having indulgent days and then doing more exercise. Try to eat healthy options available, but don’t feel bad for treating yourself.Some days you might feel like enjoying cocktails by the pool, go for it and enjoy yourself! Just stick with water the next day. If you’ve eaten a bunch of local desserts because you wanted to try them all that’s great, maybe go for a long sunset walk to help balance it out.
I know this seems glaringly obvious but walking around when you’re traveling is an effective way to keep yourself fit. Not only does it help to keep you active, it’s a great way to explore a new place. I don’t know how many times I’ve walked around a new city and stumbled upon amazing little cafes or a site that I wasn’t planning to see but ended up being my favourite. You’d be surprised how quickly the steps add up when you’re walking around a city! I often find myself doing well over 12k steps whenever I visit somewhere new.
Of course, sometimes it would be much quicker to grab a taxi, but if you have the luxury of time – go for a walk. It also helps to keep your budget in check!
When you have a long travel day ahead or are simply in a rush to get out of the door on your next adventure, you might not have time to stop for a meal. It’s in instances like these, where it’s great to keep a supply of snacks available, so you can get the nutrition you need on the go.
I will never forget being on a super long bus journey in China and having nothing to eat – every vendor we stopped at, I couldn’t find ANYTHING I liked and I’m not a fussy eater. After that, I vowed to always carry something with me because I don’t feel great when I haven’t had anything to eat.My current favourite are the Swisse Me smoothies, the pouches are a great size and pack easily into my suitcase without taking up much room.I find it super important for my health and wellbeing to eat breakfast every day, it kick starts my metabolism and I feel really sluggish if I don’t have any. If you are going on a tour that heads out early or haven’t had time for breakfast, I’ll have one of the ‘Start Me’ Coffee smoothies to give me a boost of energy to start my day. The ‘Boost Me’ Ginger smoothie is also a favourite of mine, it helps avoid the afternoon slump with it’s energising ingredients. It tastes truly delicious, which is always bonus!
When it comes to feeling your best, staying hydrated is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves.
This is something I struggle with on a daily basis, regardless of whether I’m travelling or not. I know that when I drink enough water, I feel better and honestly look better – you can see the difference in your skin when you’re dehydrated.
I carry a water bottle with me everywhere, as a reminder to drink more water, but also to cut down on plastic waste. Unfortunately, depending where you travel, the tap water may not be drinkable, but I often find that there will be purified refills available – so it’s still worthwhile to carry your own bottle.
Staying hydrated is not only beneficial to your overall health, but it can also help you to beat jet lag. Also, if you do happen to find yourself getting sick when you’re travelling, especially with any stomach issues (it’s happened to all of us at some point) remember to add an oral rehydration solution to your water, this will speed up the recovery process. If you’re in the tropics, grab a fresh coconut! There is nothing better and it’s perfect to boost your hydration.
Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Swisse Me, however all opinions and photography are my own.