Whether you’re having your second gelato in Rome or eating way to much French pastries, staying healthy and fit while traveling can be a challenge. Traveling comes with a busy schedule and being healthy and fit often falls short on the road. However, small changes to your travel routine can have a great impact on your health and fitness! Here are 13 easy tips to stay fit and healthy, because no one wants to be sick while traveling, right?
1. Stay hydrated
While traveling, it can easily be forgotten to drink enough. Drink plenty of water (not sugary soft drinks) and try to always have a bottle of water with you to stay hydrated. Before your trip look up, if the tap water in the country you’re visiting is safe to drink.
2. Have a healthy snack
In order to not be tempted to buy unhealthy snacks, have some nuts, a smoothie or fresh fruits in your bag. They fill you up until your next big meal and have all the goodies that your body needs.
3. Wear comfy clothes
Always pack a pair of shoes in which you can walk for hours and some comfy clothes like these leggings, so that you can move around easily and explore the whole day. There is nothing worse than being out and about on the streets, while having to suffer a blister.
4. Walk everywhere
The best (and my favorite) way to explore a place is undoubtedly by foot. Instead of taking taxis or public transportation, try to walk everywhere (it will also save you money!). You won’t believe how much you have walked at the end of your trip. It’s the easiest way to stay active!
5. Have breakfast
I’m a breakfast-lover and can’t start my day without having a good breakfast. Breakfast gives you energy for your day exploring and prevents unhealthy food craving. Don’t skip it!
6. Take care of your skin
Taking care of your skin starts during your flight as it gets dry up in the air. Keep your skin hydrated and always, always, always remove your make-up at the end of the day. Also, don’t forget to use sun protection when necessary!
7. Have enough sleep
Waking up early and staying up late is a tempting routine when traveling. I mean, traveling is exciting and you want to experience as much as possible. However, having a good night of rest does not only help you to stay healthy, but it also makes your trip more enjoyable.
8. Don’t overeat
When traveling we tend to eat more than we would at home, because we want to try literally everything. Let’s be honest, we’ve all been there eating waaay too much. Try to not eat more than you usually would at home. This way you will enjoy your dinner much more without feeling sluggish and stuffed afterwards.
9. Eat your greens
In stead of stuffing deep-fried, fatty foods into your body, make sure to eat enough greens. The easiest way to do that is by optioning for healthy and vegetarian meals at a restaurant. Being a vegetarian abroad is not difficult, as more and more places offer veggie meals.
10. Indulge in local specialties
Whether enjoying gelatin in Italy, tapas and sangria in Spain or Pad Thai in Thailand, don’t restrict yourself and indulge in local specialities. Food is part of the countries’ culture and you are traveling to experience (and taste) everything that your travel destination has to offer.
11. Keep up your hygiene
I can’t travel without wet wipes or hand sanitizer. It comes in travel sizes, is easy to pack and helps to keep you germ-free. No one wants to get sick while traveling, right?
There are so many possibilities to exercise a little while traveling. Whether having a workout at a hotel’s gym, riding a bike, swimming in the ocean or hiking to an incredible view point, you don’t have any excuses!
13. Don’t stress
Overall, don’t stress yourself too much and remember that balance is key. You’re traveling and it’s fine that you can’t continue your workout routine or that you treat yourself to a yummy dessert. Traveling is all about local experiences and enjoying the present moment.
How do you keep healthy and fit while traveling?
This post was written in a collaboration with Pins To Kill. However, my opinion and pictures are as always my own.