1. Walk everywhere
Here you can kill two birds with one stone. You’re there to explore, after all, so why not get your daily exercise while you do it? Besides, walking around is one of the best ways to get to know your location and discover nice places to eat, quaint shops, quirky bars and other features of your location that you might miss if you keep jumping on the bus or metro.
2. Stay hydrated
It could be extremely hot where you’re visiting, so remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day. If there aren’t many restrooms around, that’s just unfortunate and you’ll have to improvise. Don’t not drink water just because you can’t find a toilet — it’s better to be hydrated and duck behind a bush than be a bit bashful and put your health at risk. Your body will be forever grateful in the heat.
3. Create an exercise schedule
If you’re staying in a hotel, you could get up early and use the hotel gym or go for a jog around the neighborhood. Alternatively, some beaches have free exercise facilities — make the most of them. You could also pursue active past-times while you’re on holiday, such as skiing, skateboard and swimming. It’s always best to check your insurance before you partake in any of these, just so you know what you can claim if things go wrong.
4. Eat fresh fruit and vegetables
One of the things you can look forward to if you go abroad — especially if you visit warm countries — is the quality of the fruit and vegetables. This is particularly the case when you visit Mediterranean countries, where the warm weather really benefits the quality of the produce. Cut down on meat and eat more vegetarian dishes. Buy fresh fruit which you can eat for breakfast or as snacks while you’re out and about.
5. Get plenty of sleep
When you’re on the move, crossing time zones, heaving your luggage from destination to destination and walking around all day, you need to get some rest. If you don’t, sooner or later the lack of rest is going to catch up with you. Listen to your body and get plenty of sleep. Conserve your energy, too, by not trying to do much all in one day. Plan your trip so that you can stay in the same location for longer and just take your time.
In the excitement of experiencing a new destination, taking care of your health might not be the first thing on your mind, but you should follow the tips above to maintain your wellbeing while you travel.
After years of traveling the world, Pauline has had to succumb to a 9-5 life due to a long list of responsibilities - although, that certainly doesn’t stop her dreaming of her next travel destination. Also a keen home cook, Pauline expresses her love for both pursuits by contributing to a slew of online publications in her spare time. She also has six dogs, all of which are Labradors.