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Essential Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling


I think I can safely state that the most fun part of traveling is falling out of your routine. Instead of a boring workout at the gym, exercise is done by exploring the new area around you and taking parts in exciting activities. And the best part among them is the delicious street food or the luxury of room-service that you just can’t enjoy at home. However, none of this would matter if you’re not feeling very well or worse if you get so exhausted that you fall ill. Taking care of your well-being is an essential part of traveling.

Get your beauty sleep

Sleep is one of the most important factors in making you feel good. Adjusting to time-zones and getting rid of that jet-lag has only one cure: sleep! After you spend some time exploring around, make sure you get some peaceful shut-eye to wake up the next day with full energy.

Meditation does wonder

Taking care of your body is not enough. Your mind and spirit need some attention as well. All three of these can benefit from just a few minutes of meditation. If there are plenty of peaceful, natural spots around then meditation will be ten times more effective. Buddhist monks in Thailand treat it very highly as it is in harmony with their beliefs. Besides, the beautiful scenes I saw while traveling to Bangkok urged me to try meditation, which by the way made me feel better than ever.

Keep up a good pace

Take it easy when traveling. Plan out your day and take some breaks at regular intervals. If you rush things too much you will end up extremely tired and be more susceptible to falling ill.

Walk, walk and more walk

Walking is a healthy way of traveling and it lets you indulge in the foreign atmosphere even better. Walking is also an excellent exercise so whenever possible let your feet guide you to your next destination.

Eat healthily

Food is the sustenance of life. Try to add more fiber and veggies in your diet while traveling. Another thing to keep in mind is that you should never miss breakfast as that is the single most important meal of the day.

Water is the essence of life

All the walking and adventuring requires that your body stays hydrated. During your travels, you should give priority to drinking water as opposed to sweet drinks or alcohol. Besides not being able to sleep because of a sugar rush or waking up too late because of a hangover kills all the good fun.

Take care of yourself

Most places may not have good hygiene so it’s smart to carry wet napkins and hand sanitizer. If the places get really rainy in monsoon, like Bangkok, then keeping an insect repellent is also a wise choice. If you’re visiting a super sunny area or perhaps the beach in some city, then a good sunscreen will protect you from the blazing sun. Along with these necessities, you should also make space for basic first aid items in your travel bag, like Band-Aids. Better be safe than sorry.

Abandon thy phone

Traveling is like a short getaway from normal routine life. But it cannot be so if you stick to your phone. I understand that in this day and age, we basically live on our phones but a break from technology will help you connect with the wonders of nature way better. Best way to do so would be to take part in a more nature-oriented activity and turn off your cell phone during it. Connect with your fellow travelers and take in the harmonious sounds of nature.

Indulge in what you find fun

During your travel, not everything will appeal to you yet something that may not be considered anything special might catch your eye. I suggest that you indulge in whatever piques your interest. After all, your travel should benefit you the most so whatever makes you happy is worth the effort and time. Besides, if you’re happy then your mind will be at peace, improving your overall wellbeing.

Knowledge is power

When you visit new places or even the old ones, you learn something new. Not only does it increases your general knowledge but it also stimulates your brain. A better way to learn is to visit any historical location and then read up on their history. When I traveled to Dubai and Bangkok I was fascinated by their old palaces and their history. Looking at different cultures makes you feel more connected different races. Having a healthy positive view of the world leads to better health. Stimulating your brain with all these new sights and sounds, helps you stay focused and healthy. Besides more knowledge is always welcome.

Take some alone time

Being alone is not always bad. It helps you reflect on life and on different things you’ve experienced so far. It is also a good way to calm yourself and connect with yourself. Knowing yourself teaches you to love yourself. It allows you to clear your mind and spend some time without worrying about what someone else is thinking of you. Even for the biggest social bees, traveling alone or spending some time on your own during their travel can be a life-changing experience. While you feel emotionally good, your overall health will stay in tip-top shape.

Make sure you have your travel insurance

This will protect you in case of an emergency. Being stuck in a foreign country, possibly with a completely different language than your own can be a very stress-inducing experience. Therefore, invest in a travel insurance so you can be provided with assistance and healthcare in case something goes awry. Another little thing that’ll save you from a bad situation is to keep a copy of your original passport while you keep your original one secure somewhere. In case of theft or misplaced bags, you will at least have your passport safe. A hassle-free journey naturally saves you from stress-induced ailments.

Write about your personal experience

Writing can be a very soothing, therapeutic activity. Keeping a travel log would not only make your journey more organized but it will also let you talk about your feelings. Maybe you’ll surprise yourself and learn something new about yourself. You can even write to your friends and family or even share your own tips with others. Let that pen run free.