Heading on vacation, and don't want to lose all the progress you've been making in terms of health and wellness? That's totally understandable. Most people view vacay as a chance to throw all the rules out of the window; however, it can feel discouraging when you arrive home again a few hundred euros in the red, and a few kilos heavier than before you left, right? For some strange reason, along the way healthy travel has become synonymous to "boring" travel, and that couldn't be farther from the truth!
Healthy travel is an all-around hollistic experience that leaves you feeling fuller, richer, and more grounded than before. Sound impossible? It really isn't!
Here are a few small, and manageable tips you can implement into your next travel routine, and start seeing the effects immediately.
Pack an Empty Water Bottle
Since TSA has cramped our style, liquids are a no-no on your carry on. But, they can't keep us down forever! Pack an empty water bottle so that after the security check-in, you can fill it and stay hydrated. Airports and airplanes can be really rough not just on your immune system, but also on your skin. Carrying an empty water bottle is a great reminder to, well, drink water!
Resistance Bands are your Friend
I bring a resistance band whenever I travel and it's a game changer. First, they take up no space at all, and can fit in any carry on or suitcase. Also, you can literally do a full body workout with just one band. They're also great for stretching on those long-haul flights! If you're more of a cardio fan, try packing a light jump rope!
Do Your Research
If you adhere to any sort of diet like gluten free, vegetarian, vegan or paleo, I recommend looking up restaurants before you arrive to save yourself the stress and potential dietary disaster. There's nothing like arriving to your destination and realizing that there's nothing you want to eat, and the only options are extremely over-priced. I'm known to do very irrational things when I'm hangry. Don't be like me. I recommend HappyCow for the non-meat eaters, and The Fork for making reservations throughout Europe. You can peep the menu beforehand, and plan accordingly! The Fork is a great resource if you're traveling to a place and you don't speak the language! Book a table without any awkward misunderstandings!
The Seed 2.0
If you got that reference, I'm e-high fiving you. I digress. This may seem super random, but it's a tip I've picked up in the last couple of years: I pack my own seeds, or I find a place to buy seeds upon arrival. What kinds of seeds? Hemp, chia, pumpkin, you name it! These potent Little gems can turn that last minute airport meal into a vitamin packed super meal! Again, they take up almost no space at all, and they'll ease your conscience as you indulge in pizza, you know, with a sprinkle of chia!
It may seem impossible to maintain the same beauty routine with only carry on products, but there are ways around that. I'm a fan of oils that have a multi-functional purpose. Oils also tend to be sold in travel-friendly sized containers too, which makes them even more convenient. You may not have all your full-sized products, but think about it this way: you can improvise with argan oil, rosehip, castor, almond, or coconut oil. These gems will work for your skin, your face, as a facial cleanser, and on your hair. Save space, and keep stress far, far away.
Don't forget to pack those vitamins!
Travel is more fun when you're feeling well both inside, and out. These tips are meant to make you think: how can I integrate healthy habits into my travel experience? We've covered everything from hydration, to moisture to diet and even exercise! Not only can you start now with said advice, you won't break the bank, or pay any fees for an overweight bag! That's convenience at its finest.
Have any tips you'd add? Let us know below in the comments!
Danni, Community + Content Director at Las Morenas de España, is a twenty-something, Chicago native currently residing in Madrid. Lover of language, words, and travel, she's managed to combine all of her passions through her work. In her free time, you can find her exploring the winding streets of Madrid, hunting down good flight deals, planning her next adventure and writing & researching for LMDES. Danni loves spicy food, natural hair, music and of course, her wonderful husband. If you need to find her, she’s the girl with huge hair and her face buried in her Kindle.