We all know travelling is amazing, and like any serious traveller you’re going to want to make the most of every moment. Constantly being on the go can be a little draining at times, and there’s nothing worse than not feeling on your A game when you’re gallivanting around the globe.
Want to stay healthy whilst travelling? Give these tried and tested immunity boosters a go...
Go hard on the greens
Fruit and veg will be your best friends. Double up on your 5 a day to eliminate the chances of getting run down with the likes of the Contiki cough. Pick healthier options when eating out, or add a side salad or plate of veggies to a tasty meal. Planning ahead is also key when it comes to eliminating the sabotage of shameful snacking, often an absolute killer when on the road. Head to the supermarket and stock up on the likes of bananas, apples and oranges . These don’t only keep your immune system high, they also give you way more energy than any amount of chocolate or crisps AND you save on spending. Triple win!
Sleep, travel, sleep, repeat
Literally THE simplest tip there could be but one that often gets pushed to the back of your priorities when travelling. Long haul flights, crossing time zones, constantly on the move and carrying around a load of luggage really does take it out on your body. And that’s all before you’ve even hit happy hour. Travelling can be real tough, so make sure you give back what you’re taking out. If that means missing a night out for some well-earned rest or having a little afternoon siesta, so be it. This is a marathon, not a sprint, so if you want to make it to the finish line standing, pace yourself.
Hydrate, hydrate and hydrate again
Again, nothing too revolutionary here, but another must which is often missed. Carrying around a reusable travel bottle of aqua can really be a make or break. Long days out and about combined with sun, sweating, and maybe even a slightly fragile head do not a happy traveller make. H20 will be your only way out of this one. Spruce it up with some lemons, mint or cucumber to get a real refreshing taste, or even bring along some water purification tablets if you’re worried about the local water quality.
Stay Active and exercise
We get it, you’re on holiday so by exercise we don’t mean grulling 7am sessions in the gym. Exercise can be incorporated into your travel plans in a much funner way. Rent out bikes to tour around a city, take a hike across beautiful mountain ranges or get a kayak out to see the scenic views from a river. You’ll hardly even realise your exercising, but it’s a great way to keep your stamina up and your body strong. Releasing happy endorphins and sweating out any unnecessary toxins is also a win win.
Walking whenever you can is also a great way to stay fit. It may sound like a no brainer, but you’d be surprised how easy it is to keep your metabolism moving just by walking. Opting to go by foot instead of heading for the next tube stop is also the best way to see the sights and get to grips with your chosen destination.
Take a Digital detox
A healthy mind is just as or probably even more important than a healthy body. One way to completely cut off from reality and give your mind a break is to take a detox from the digital world. Yes, this does mean no Instagram or Facebook uploads whilst you’re on the road, but keeping your friends in anticipation is way more fun, and will be worth the wait.
Need more healthy travel tips inspo? Check out Contiki’s ways to stay healthy on the road.