10 Essential Tips For Staying Healthy And Happy While Traveling - Part 1
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:
1. Embrace the art of travel yoga
When it comes to keeping your mind, body and spirit finely tuned, there’s perhaps nothing that deals with all three quite as well as yoga. It can help you deal with long journey-related circulation problems, improve the quality of your sleep and even help your soul bond with other travelers as you participate together. We know of a ton of hostels that offer yoga as part of the traveling experience, and once you try it, it’s not hard to see why.
2. Hiking is the best travel workout
Treating this one separately to just plain exercising, mostly because hiking really is its own beast. Along with the obvious muscular and stamina benefits, there is something soothing to the mind and soul that comes from communing with nature. Just TRY and be stressed after a scenic hike up to a breath-taking view. Impossible!
3. Indulge in a natural mud bath
Sometimes you’ve just got to get DIRTY! Some choose the natural salt spa of the Dead Sea, while others prefer swimming in a Colombian mud volcano. Whatever your preference, make sure you let Mother Nature give your pores a boost.
4. Be open to spiritual travel
Taking care of your body is massively important, but so is nurturing your spirit. Many travelers talk about their backpacking adventures leading to spiritual awakenings and a new perspective on their place in the universe. Whatever your spiritual leanings are, take some time to explore the world around you, and the deeper meanings of your place under the stars.
5. Time for a digital detox?
A quick and easy way to give your mind and soul a little boost is to detox from the digital world. Anyone who has traveled in less developed countries will testify that some of the happiest people in the world are those with a lot fewer possessions than us lucky travelers. Stepping back from the 0’s and 1’s is often key to a mental makeover while traveling.
6. You’ve GOTTA get enough sleep
It’s impossible to underestimate how important it is to get enough sleep while traveling. Unless you’re on a whirlwind city break, most backpacking is a marathon rather than a sprint. Pick a hostel that’s all sorts of comfy, and recharge your batteries. Your mind, body and spirit will thank you.
7. Indulge a little
Part of taking care of your spirit is enjoying yourself. Seriously, live a little! Traveling will change your life, and part of that process means experiencing the wonders of the world. Don’t be afraid to be a little selfish and reward your psyche with a well-earned treat after a hard day’s adventuring.
8. Learn how to eat healthy while traveling
Seriously, so many health-related issues can be fixed (or at least lessened) by eating well. This can take some discipline while you’re out traveling, but if you want to stay healthy, take the time to stay focused on getting proper nutrition as often as possible. Make sure you even look for healthy travel snacks! It won’t always be possible, but try to ensure that eating well is your rule, rather than a luxury. Don’t worry, it can be done for pretty cheap…
9. Routine. Routine. Routine.
Travel has a wonderful aura of spontaneity about it. But that same spirit often can mess up our daily routine. Make sure to do a little planning ahead of time, anticipating the every-changing nature of backpacking so that you have a solid routine for daily living. Keeping up with some sort of routine will help regulate your body and mind, keeping yourself relatively more stress-free and available for adventure-having!
10. Stay hydrated
You’ve just got to stay hydrated. It sounds simple but it’s scary how quickly health on the road can take a turn for the worse when it’s all sun and sweat and no agua! Take some water purification tablets with you if you’re worried about the local water quality. Carry a reusable bottle with you. Just make sure you get that H2O!
Original article written by Colin Rivera for Hostel World