Hey everyone!! My name is Haley and I’m a lifestyle + fashion blogger, a photographer, a fine art illustrator, and lastly, a content creator. I’m here to take over today’s blog post! I’m so happy to work with Riley on a collaborative travel-themed guest post and to be able to connect with you guys! Need some more Riley in your life? Don’t worry, you can catch her over on my blog talking about her tips on Must-Have Travel Essentials
So, word on the street says you guys are into travel. I am too! And today, I wanted to share some tips on staying healthy while traveling.
It’s hard. Trust me. I see a double fudge chocolate cupcake topped with a fudge-drizzled mountain of cream cheese frosting and boom – bought and demolished in seconds.
Self-control seems to fly out the window the moment I’m in travel mode. And why is that? It’s because we tell ourselves that we need a break from our day-to-day lives back home. But a break doesn’t need to be an unhealthy one.
I’ve put together my best tips and tricks to ensure that you stay healthy while you go out and frolic through your next best traveling experience.
1. Pick out healthy snacks before-hand
One thing I think we’re all guilty of doing when picking out snacks is just grabbing all the things that look amazing, that “you haven’t had in forever”, and throwing them in your backpack or bag. This can be your first greatest downfall because you are already setting yourself up for impulsive decisions.
Instead, make a list of healthy snacks before you go to the grocery store or into that gas station and vow to stick to that list! That “just one” little treat you bought will just continue to turn into that “just one” every day.
My go-to healthy snack: Trader Joe’s Coconut Sesame Seed Clusters
2. Recognize and Avoid Impulse
Impulse is our worst enemy when traveling. It consumes us because we are in a new place and we just want to experience every possible thing without any limitations. However, we owe it to ourselves to take a second and think about our choices before we act upon them and our excitement.
How to Recognize Impulse: Signs to look for when you’re acting impulsive can include, but aren’t limited to: overwhelming excitement about something new, immediately saying (and maybe multiple times) how badly you want it or need it, & finding a way to do or get that thing immediately.
How to Avoid Impulse: Once you recognize your impulse, it’s important to not ignore it. In a perfect world, we could do whatever we want, whenever we want. But in this world, we can’t. Acknowledge your impulse, say hello wazzzurp. Then, think about the benefits of the action you’re about to take. Will you thank yourself for taking this action when you look back to this moment in a few years? Or will you forget about this moment tomorrow because you wanted immediate satisfaction right then and there?
3. Stay Loyal to Your Regular Sleep Schedule
It’s no secret that having a consistent sleep schedule is beneficial to your energy, mood, and overall productivity. Keep this in mind while you travel, too! If anything, this is a time in which you will exert so much energy because you are trying to fit in as many things as you can in a day. You need your beauty sleep, queens and kings. Don’t let this slip ya!
4. Traveling Doesn’t Mean You Get a Break From Working Out
Now, I don’t think it’s crucial to do an intense, hour-long workout every day during your travels. I do, however, think it’s important to set some time aside every day to do some sort of intentional exercise. You might be thinking “but like, I’ve been walking all day today, I don’t need to walk anymore!” and to that, I say, you are right. Rest those precious feet of yours.
But for those rest days where you aren’t traveling from early morning to the darkness of the night, find some time to either go on a little walk or to stretch. These are my two favorite things to do if I don’t end up doing a full body workout or run a few miles. I enjoy taking walks in the afternoon and allowing myself to really explore my area then. Get comfortable with my closest surroundings. I also like taking strolls right after I eat dinner because I feel like that helps with my digestion, the sun is usually setting which is just beautiful to see, and it’s a time for me when I like to reflect to my day. Lastly, I enjoy stretching either in the morning after I sip my first cup or tea or outside in the sunshine.
Always remember, some exercise is better than no exercise. And trust me, your body is thanking you for taking care of it.
5. Take Some “Me” Time
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed while traveling, especially if you’re with a group of friends (and you’re introverted like me, heyoooo). It’s important to take some time for yourself – to recenter yourself, to refresh yourself, to escape for just a moment. When you don’t take some time for yourself, it’s likely that you will begin to feel a bit more stressed and we don’t want stress on our travels! We want calm, light, happy experiences. So take that time for yourself – you deserve that.
6. Forgive Yourself
I feel like often when I travel, I miss opportunities or I spend too much money on something and then I begin to get down on myself. I feel like, “Damn, I’m not going to be here again any time soon, if ever, and I just completely screwed up. How could I do something so stupid?”
Traveling is a wild experience people! Mistakes are supposed to happen. That’s part of the reason why people say traveling makes you grow. You learn so much more than you would in your regular environment back home. You face so many opportunities, obstacles, and choices. Live through them. Experience them. Grow through them. And don’t you dare get down on yourself for making a choice you have no experience in. (Just be sure to remember it for next time if it happens again, hehe.)
The Wrap Up
I hope you found these tips valuable in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle while out globe trotting! It was so nice being able to share these tips with you all.
Over and out!
life + style blogger