Understanding how to remain happy and healthy whilst you’re travelling is very important. Sticking to a routine can be hard at the best of times, but, when you’re travelling, it can prove to be a lot more difficult. So that’s why we’ve put together some of our favourite healthy travel tips!
The truth is that a lot of people don’t prioritise their mental and physical wellbeing when they’re travelling. Everyone is so eager to experience absolutely everything that they forget to look after themselves in the process. When you’re far away from home and out of your normal routine, it can quickly take its toll on your body, and it can leave you feeling a little drained and unmotivated. However, by implementing a few smart travel tips on your next travel adventure, you can enjoy your travel experience to fullest and feel fit and healthy whilst you’re doing it!
For those of you who are travelling with The Dragon Trip this year, why not try implementing at least 5 of these healthy travel trips into your daily routine.
Aim for 7 hours of sleep
When you’re jet-setting around the world, sleep can often take a back seat. Sleep plays an important role in your physical and mental health and without it, you’re left feeling lethargic and moody. And let’s be honest, that’s the last thing you want on your travels.
Lets be honest, things can often get a little manic during your travels. And as expected, you may end up feeling a little tired. So that’s why we suggest you give yourself at least seven hours of sleep a night, this way you’ll wake up feeling energised and ready for a day full of once-in-a-lifetime experiences!
Take some time for yourself
Travelling can be very fast-paced, so it’s important that you take some time for yourself even if it is for just 15 minutes. Breathe, relax and use this time to do whatever makes you happy. Read a book, listen to a podcast, or head over to your local cafe and watch the world go by.
Wherever your staying, try and seek out a quiet spot where you won’t be interrupted and use this time to recharge your batteries.
Find a local gym or create your own workout
Check out your local gym and see what fitness classes they have to offer. This is a great opportunity to get your body moving and mingle with some of the locals.
Depending on where you are in Asia, there are lots of opportunities to enjoy some of the local sport cultures. Muay Thai, volleyball, badminton are just a handful of popular sports in Asia. It doesn’t matter where you are, there are always lots of fun fitness options available. Why not join in a Muay Thai class or enjoy playing some volleyball on the beach?
Drink lots of water
When you’re on the go, it’s important that you keep yourself hydrated. A great tip to ensure you stay hydrated on your travels is to invest in a reusable water bottle, this way you’ll always have water on hand.
We suggest packing some electrolyte packets, an effective, safe method to rehydrate your body fast. These are great to have if you’re travelling through the likes of India or Vietnam where you may experience a case of traveller’s diarrhoea. Not ideal, I know, but it’s better to be prepared.
Come up with a morning routine and stick with it.
Incorporating a morning routine on your travels is a great way to get your body and mind ready for the day ahead. So, why not set up a basic morning routine for yourself. Something easy and simple, that way you’ll stick to it no matter where you are in the world. This could include anything from a morning stretch to planning for your day ahead.
Healthy travel snacks
Sticking to a healthy diet on the road can be tough. But with a little bit of discipline, it can be surprisingly easy to get your hands on some healthy snacks.
A great tip for on the go travellers is to buy your snacks before you hit the road. This way, you’re less likely to make unhealthy food choices. Fresh fruit, smoothies, yoghurts and nuts are all great snack options. By nourishing your body, you’ll be left feeling fuller for longer.
Take some time away from social media
Very often we can find ourselves, scrolling endlessly on social media. And as result, it places in a bubble from the outside world.
Instagram has become a really big part of travelling as it offers the opportunity to share your experiences with a wider audience. However, with that being said, it’s important to take some time away from the online world now and again. By doing this, we can enjoy those special moments that we may never get to experience again.
Wash your hands
On a day to day basis, we come into contact with lots of different elements that increase our chances of picking up germs. Whether that’s using the toilet, opening a door, or, travelling on public transport, it’s important that we keep our hands clean. By washing your hands regularly it minimises your chance of getting ill or spreading germs. So make sure you wash your hands frequently. So, when should you wash your hands?
- Before and after eating food.
- After handling animals or rubbish.
- After visiting a public place.
- After touching high-hand contact surfaces such as doorknobs, railings or ATMs.
Another alternative is to invest in a pocket-size antibacterial gel, a great product to help kill off any nasty germs or bacteria!