“Remember happiness is a way of travel, not a destination”
BYO Water Bottle
Passport? Check. Phone? Check. Wallet? Check.
What are you forgetting?
Most likely a refillable water bottle to keep your body hydrated. Airplanes are notoriously a dehydrating experience and drinks are served in what many would consider shot glasses.
Keep yourself hydrated on your flight, and while your wandering around your vacation destination, with your own reusable water bottle.
Keep Healthy Snacks On Hand
Depending on where you’re traveling, it’s not always easy to get in a healthy breakfast or lunch. With your 8am hike to be followed by a day tour, bike tour, and whatever else is planned, your body will be desperate for some nutrients to keep going.
It’s always a good idea to have some small snacks like seeds, veggies, and fruit prepared for a busy vacation day!
Adjust Routines; Don’t Break Them
All or nothing thinking is a common excuse when it comes to healthy habits and routines we’ve set up in our normal lives. Treat your vacation like it is your normal life and maybe someday it will be (we can dream, right?).
If you meditate, run, or do yoga for the first hour of your day on the reg, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to do this while traveling and scheduling in other fun activates like hikes, sight-seeing, and more. However, you could easy cut down that hour into a short, but essential, 15 minute interval.
Prioritize Your Sleep
Sleep is always the first thing to go when you become stressed or overwhelmed, regardless if it’s coming from work or from play. Fight the urge to stay up all night the day before your vacation in a desperate attempt to get your work done for the week or two that you’ll be away. Same goes while actually on vacation.
It’s essential to stay well rested and not burn yourself out with over planning and hurdling yourself through a packed schedule of tours, hikes, workshops, classes, or anything else you may want to do on vacation.
Don’t Avoid Eating Out
Restaurants are a perk of traveling. Sampling the local cuisine should be a treat! Don’t think that a night out at a famous restaurant in this unfamiliar place will ruin your diet. If you plan ahead, consider the menu and choose your meal carefully, you can still reap the benefits of a healthy diet.
Even if you are eating out at a café or a restaurant, you can make healthy choices to ensure that your meal is well balanced.
Prioritize “Free Time”
Make sure to fill your schedule with things that you want to do and even leave some time unscheduled to relax on the beach, at a café, or with your travel companion / new friends you’ve made on vacation. Unscheduled time can be spent for self-reflecting, journaling, meditation, and so much more. Not having too many activities lined up and enjoying a bit of free time is often an essential to a successful and healthy vacation.
Add An Extra Day
Going to Rome for 10 days? Tell your boss it’s 11. Maybe tell your friends and family It’s 12. When arriving home from a big trip, it’s great to have an extra day to yourself.
Having an entire 24 hours to decompress, unpack, clean up and sort through your thoughts before the barrage of “How was your trip?” phone calls and inbox overflow. Take a day to ease back into reality, get your life together, and come back even stronger than when you left.
While planning your trip ahead of time is essential to make sure you have a good experience, don’t underestimate the power of wandering around town. Every new town, city, or resort you head to probably has a significant local culture ripe for experiencing.
Leave your worries in behind, head out the hotel room door, and just start walking down the street. Talk to locals, buy some street snacks, and experience life like a wanderer.
This could debatably be apart of not breaking your habits, but even if meditating isn’t one of your daily routines already trying it on vacation could be all the more beneficial.
No need to sit in silence for hours, but you can easily take 10 to 15 minutes at the start of your day to reflect and meditate on your experiences in this new place while away from the stresses and distractions of normal life.
Wake Up Early
It’s often an initial response to start stay up late and sleep until noon on the first day of vacation. Try to fight this and be well rested while also getting up early to get a head start on your day in this new place, with new people, and world full of opportunities to explore!.
This way you can also get an easy start to your day, enjoy a cup of coffee on the balcony, and have time for those shorten routines and habits from above.