5 easy ways you can stay healthy while traveling

Traveling can be a lot of fun, especially when you’re doing it for leisure and you’re going off to some exotic location. However, there is one possible downside of traveling that often happens: living unhealthy, which includes eating, as well as your general habits. Although it can be hard or even impractical to keep to your normal healthy habits while traveling, it isn’t impossible.

In fact, with these 5 tips, you can easily stay healthy while traveling.

1. Get a good night’s rest

One of the first things to go when you’re traveling is your good sleeping habits. People are often so eager to see the sights while still enjoying the nights that they end up getting about 5 hours of sleep or less. But traveling can be hard on your body, especially when you’re going long distances and to different time zones.

You’re also always a little bit stressed, walking a lot, carrying luggage from here to there, so your sleep is even more important than usual. When you have the opportunity, try to get some good rest, even the first day. The sight you want to see will still be there when you wake up.

2. Drink enough water

This is usually the second thing that gets forgotten while traveling. It is very important that you stay hydrated at all times. You should make sure to drink enough water at all times. Therefore, you it’s probably best to take a water bottle with you at all times. This is especially true since most people love to drink anything but water on beach vacations–while lying on the beach in the sun all day. It’s a life of leisure, true, but it’s not exactly the best for your body. You’re already losing lots of water by being in the sun the entire day (usually in high temperatures), but when you add alcohol to that, which further dehydrates you, you’ll end up hurting your body a lot.

So just remember to drink lots of water when you’re traveling.

3. Eat lots of fruit

This one shouldn’t be so hard, especially if you’re traveling to a warm or tropical location. In fact, it’s one of the easiest ways you can stay healthy while traveling. Tropical locations will generally have lots and lots of fruit available, usually for very cheap. Not only that, they also happen to be very, very delicious–juicy, sweet and very flavorful. And the best part is that they are wonderful for your body. You can choose to eat delicious fruit instead of other less healthy snacks, especially when you consider that you can get those same snacks at home, but you probably won’t be able to find this level of fruit there. If you get your fruit at a local supermarket, you also get to experience more of the culture.

4. Eat in local, smaller restaurants

When you eat out, try to eat as local as possible. Often, when you’re traveling, you won’t have really well-planned meals. You’ll sort of know you want to eat something nice for dinner, but your lunch will consist of whatever you find on the way to the sight you’re going to see. What that means is that you’ll end up probably eating fast food. While you may find fast food that is local to the nation, it’s not really the same thing as experiencing local food.

Instead of eating those calorie bombs (with usually low nutritional value), try to find a local, smaller restaurant with comparable prices for lunch. There are probably lots and lots of them everywhere, and the best part is that you’ll feel more involved in the local way of life.

5.  Make your own lunches

Another great alternative if you don’t want to be stuck eating franchise junk food (even if it’s local franchise junk food) is to make your own lunches. Of course, you didn’t travel far and wide just to eat your own homemade food, but for the most part lunch isn’t the culinary highlight of your day. That’s what dinner is for. But that doesn’t mean it should be the culinary low point of your day either. Instead, you can make a fantastic, local lunch by buying fantastic, local produce from a local supermarket. Think sandwiches with fresh vegetables and meat, or local cheeses, or even salads and many other things. You’ll be surprised how delicious it can be to stay healthy while traveling.

With these tips, you’ll see just how easy, simple and even cheap it can be to be healthier while still enjoying your travels.

Have fun!

Bryson Telling

Bryson Telling is a writer for Lima France, a world leader in developing innovative food manufacturing machines.

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