If you’ve been keeping up with me on social, you’ll likely have seen that this past while, I’ve been doing a LOT of travelling. Though I do enjoy it, in the past I’ve noticed that my well-being can get veryyy off balance real quick. This time around, I wanted to focus on my well-being as much as possible. Today, I want to share some hot tips of how I’ve been doing that so far this season. Read more for a full run-down of all of my tips for well-being on the road!
Prioritize eating well
When travelling, it can be really difficult to eat healthy. When you’re on the go, sometimes it’s easiest to just grab fast food, especially if you don’t have time to stop for a bigger meal. One of the ways I’ve tried to combat this is by actually doing a “light” grocery shop at the beginning of the week, once I arrive at my destination. I typically go to Trader Joe’s and grab a bunch of healthy snacks and some salads (they have the best pre-packed salads in my opinion). Then, if I don’t have time to stop for lunch during the day, I can eat these healthier options that I already have on-hand. Sometimes I do this for dinners as well: if I’m not feeling up for eating out, then I’ll pick up a salad instead (such as the caesar salad from Panera Bread which is sooo good).
If I do find myself in a situation where I need to eat fast food or I’m at a less healthy place, then I try to choose the most healthy option available. For example, I will do this at Starbucks and get their turkey-bacon egg-white breakfast sandwich, which feels a bit healthier to me than other options. It’s small, but I still think it has an impact. Having hotels that offer hot fresh breakfasts are also super helpful for getting in what feels like a “home-cooked” meal. If I am staying in one spot for a longer period of time, I try to get a suite that comes with a kitchen, so I can actually do some of my own cooking as well. Of course everyone has their own preferences, and it’s always fun to treat yourself too – but I’ve found these small swaps and adjustments have made a very big difference.
Also, I recently had my very first airport lounge experience, which I have to say was life-changing. I didn’t think I was going to like it, but now I don’t think I can go back! They have fancy bathrooms, even showers, plus all you can eat food and drinks – including alcohol (drink responsibly of course). You literally help yourself to everything, and it is all included with the lounge pass! It was a very cool experience, and the reason I bring this up is specifically in relation to food. If you are looking for what could be considered a more “healthy” option, I recommend looking into getting a lounge pass. They have a range of options available for food and it is all fresh-cooked, which is much better than grabbing fast food at the airport while you are rushing for your flight. These are just a few different options to consider when trying to eat a bit healthier when travelling.
Moving your body
Initially when I began planning for the travel season, I was worried about how much I’d be moving my body. Travelling involves a lot of sitting, from planes to driving around, so I wanted to make sure I was still active during this time. However, once I started, I realized I was running around a lot more than I had thought – from school to school, and from place to place. Even though I was still sitting a lot, I already had more movement than I had expected. In addition, I wanted some moments for yoga and stretching, so I did some stretching in bed which helped a lot. Keeping a super low resistance path to movement is helpful for squeezing it in on a busy schedule!
At the random time that I did get the urge to do a more intense workout, gyms are always available at the hotels I’m at. I’ve squeezed in a few treadmill sessions this season. I know of some folks who really enjoy going for a run outside when they travel, which may be an option too depending on where you are staying. In some warmer spots, pools are usually available at hotels too – and I won’t say no to going for a swim! It’s definitely a bonus to have the time to use the facilities and enjoy moving your body while on the road.
I have a range of additional things I’ve done these past few weeks on the road that have made an impact as well. Taking multi-vitamins to try my best not to get sick this season has been important, and it actually worked great because I haven’t been sick once!! I continue taking my regular medication as normal to regulate my body and my mind. Taking time to write and reflect is also helpful, as this is something I already do to help me to process how I’m feeling, and it’s a practice I enjoy keeping up wherever I am. Sometimes that looks like just notes written in my phone, and it’s helpful however it comes out!
In addition, I found this “centering” room spray specifically created for travelers at an airport, and I love it! I use it whenever I get to a new hotel to help make me feel a bit more grounded in a new space, and it’s been super helpful. I try to sleep as much/as regularly as possible too. Usually this means going to bed a bit earlier than usual, as I am typically up earlier than normal as well for travel plans. If you’re travelling to a different time zone, this becomes even more important to re-regulate your body’s circadian rhythms. This is a big part of prioritizing rest and not over-extending yourself, whether for work or for enjoyment. You are deserving of rest!!
These are just a few of the tips that I’ve found can be helpful when taking care of your well-being on the road. All of these little things do add up to make a big difference overall. I hope you find what works for you to prioritize your wellness while travelling. Let me know if any of these options resonate, and if you have any other tips, I’d love to hear them! Drop your suggestions in the comments and share this post with a friend ♥️