15 More Essential Tips For Staying Healthy And Happy While Traveling
CONTINUED....Traveling is medicine for the soul, but as anyone who’s caught the wanderlust bug knows, it’s not always glamorous. Many grand adventures, especially when venturing off-the-beaten-path come with their fair share of bumps, bruises, germs and stresses. It can be tempting to feel overwhelmed and intimidated by the idea of leaving life’s comforts at home. But thankfully, wellness travel is the future! To help keep your mind, body and spirit in full working order, we’ve collected advice from some expert backpackers on how to stay healthy while traveling:
11. Always drink responsibly
We know, we know. Backpackers LOVE a good party. Often hostel bars are at the centre of some of the most epic nights out. Just let your liver breathe a little, and make sure you don’t drink so much that you don’t even remember your trip!
12. Pace yourself
Don’t overwhelm yourself and spend your entire trip stressed. Chill out a little. Give your mind some “me” time. Leave some room each day for spontaneous adventures to spring up. Don’t try and see every little thing and do every single activity. You’ll get burned out, and your spirit will be burdened.
13. Workout while traveling
Don’t file this one away in the “obvious” drawer. Yes of course many of your adventures will be strenuous. But if you’re not off climbing mountains and exploring vast cities on foot, make sure you build a little time into your day to break a sweat. Sometimes the thing your mind, body and spirit really need is a good old-fashioned endorphin rush.
14. Walk as much as you can
Along the same lines, try your best to walk as much as you can. It may sound like a no brainer but you’d be surprised how easy it is to keep your metabolism moving and your mind in a state of Zen just by walking. City breaks make it pretty easy to get your stroll on, but it’s also definitely doable in more remote locations. Do your research, take your time, and walk.
15. Learn to love yourself
Part of keeping your spirit healthy is learning to love yourself. Of course this doesn’t only happen while travelling, but there’s something about the open road and adventure that lends itself to soul edifying and self-discovery. Along your journey you’ll have ample opportunities to develop a healthy love of who you are as a person. Embrace those chances like your health depends on them, because they partly do.
16. Open your mind and heart
Another soul healing thing that makes travel so incredible is its ability to open our minds and hearts. Learning about other cultures and experiencing them first hand destroys prejudices and brings peace to the mind. Part of being healthy means developing an ever deepening healthy view of the world.
17. Don’t forget your fibre
One of the first nutritional groups to suffer from travel-induced neglect is fibre. Don’t find yourself in a prickly situation on the road…internal plumbing-wise.
18. Keep reading and learning
Staying healthy means staying active, and that’s just as true for your mind as it is for your body. Keep reading. Keep learning. Don’t let your search for knowledge grow apathetic on the road, as a sharp and healthy mind will only help you navigate through life’s challenges.
19. Kill those germs
It can be easy to take sanitation for granted in some parts of the world, but no matter where you are, you’ll stay so much healthier by keeping clean. Wash those hands! Wash your clothes! Avoid dodgy food situations. Take hand-sanitizer with you. Protect yourself from pesky and preventable bugs that are hell bent on impeding your trip.
20. Fresh air is the best air
Cleanse your heart, your skin, your lungs, and your emotions with as much fresh air as you can. Experience the beauty of the natural world no matter where you are visiting. Even some of the biggest and most popular cities on Earth have some secret green havens.
21. Alone time can be incredible
For many travelers, solo travel is a life changing experience. But you don’t have to be a seasoned nomad to know that even for the biggest extroverts, some alone time is soothing for the soul. Clear your mind, go at your own pace and even exercise without fear of judgement through some planned alone time, even if you’re travelling with buddies.
22. Pack lighter than you think you need to
Travel unburdens your soul, but make sure not to burden your body. When it really comes down to it, you probably won’t need to bring anywhere close to the amount of stuff you think you’ll need. Pack light. Shed the pounds of luggage that’ll cramp your muscles and your style. You’ll feel the relief in your back, shoulders and psyche.
Emotional health is so closely linked to physical well being. Don’t short change your deepest selves! Take some time to write. Write about your adventures, your feelings and your hardships. Write to loved ones back home, or to travel buddies you met along the way. Start a blog and publish your hard-earned travel tips.
24. Learn some basic meditation techniques
Unnecessary stress is a poison. It has many mental and emotional side effects, as well as physically taking a toll on one’s muscles, nerves, joints and even vital organs. Many travelers across the world find it helpful to meditate to channel some inner peace into their weary bones and tissues.
25. Secure your home relationships
Mental health is vital. Almost nothing will derail an incredible adventure more destructively than insecurity surrounding volatile relationships back home. Don’t let those who don’t understand your need to travel exhaust your heart – you’ll need it to fill with memories from your adventures.
Original article written by Colin Rivera for Hostel World