Hands up if you live for holidays! OK, we can’t see you, but we’re guessing pretty much everyone put their hands up just now, at least mentally. We work hard, so those glorious four weeks of leave we’re entitled to each year are incredibly important to our mental health. Unfortunately, they’re not always good for our physical health.
Don’t resign yourself to piling on the kilos just yet though; check out our top five tips for healthy travel AND a good time.
Explore by Foot
Walking is – by far – the best way to explore a new place! You’ll take in the details and truly start to understand the way locals live. Walking is also a great form of exercise, especially when you’re negotiating cobblestone streets, steep hills or the rough terrain of the countryside. Just make sure you wear good shoes, appropriate clothing and lots of sunscreen!
Drink Plenty of Water
It’s easy to forget to stay hydrated when you’re outside your regular routine, and it’s also easy to mistake hunger for thirst, resulting in extra (unnecessary) calories. Keep a drink bottle with you and remember to sip throughout the day and night – especially if you’re doing a lot of walking.
Don’t Drink Too Much Alcohol
It’s tempting to go hard every night while you’re on vacation, but exploring a new city with a pounding headache is not a good time. Having a few drinks is totally acceptable (heck; we recommend it!) but raise your glass to healthy travel and remember why you’re on vacation in the first place… presumably you want to remember it.
Stick (Loosely) to Food Routines
This might seem slightly counter-intuitive because – at the end of the day – holidays are all about an escape from our daily lives. But diverting totally from your regular meal routine often results in feeling pretty rubbish by the time your vacation is over. This is not the time to be counting calories, but try to avoid an eating competition at every meal. You probably wouldn’t have eggs followed by pancakes followed by pastry for breakfast every day at home, so it doesn’t make any sense to do it while you’re on holidays.
Download a Workout App
You’re on vacation, so no one expects you to keep up your regular exercise routine (unless you want to, of course!) but we bet you don’t want to arrive home feeling physically blergh, on top of the inevitable post-holiday depression. There are plenty of free apps (yay! Healthy travel for FREE) that offer simple workout routines you can do with no equipment. These are great when you’re feeling like you want to do something, but you don’t have access to a gym/you’re not comfortable outside etc.
Now off you go – enjoy your next vacation (and please share any of your own tips over on our Facebook page).