Over Easter last year, I spent 10 days in Vietnam with friends. It was a great holiday and I had a fantastic time, but I found it hard to be as healthy as I would have liked.
From the time spent travelling (we had six flights in the 10 days and spent hours travelling by car), to the different foods available and not being able to prepare my own food, I found my normal routine fell by the wayside.
While this was not such a terrible thing – after all, holidays are meant to be enjoyed – I found the change in my habits left me with far less energy than normal and other negative side effects like stomach troubles.
Why it’s so hard to stay on track.
Travel can definitely impede attempts to stay healthy. Whether it’s the long days, time spent travelling, the holiday atmosphere of wanting to indulge or the inability to prepare your own food, the changes can lead to low energy, exhaustion and a reliance on convenience foods which aren’t always the best choices.
If you do travel a lot, its important to look after yourself as much as possible to help your body and mind stay healthy and active. These are a few ways you can feel great the next time you travel.
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1. Drink plenty of water.
This one is so, so important, especially if you fly. We lose more fluid from our bodies than normal when we fly and this can lead to dehydration. Being dehydrated can result in poor concentration, fatigue and dry skin and eyes.
Take a big bottle with you and ensure you have at least one and a half litres a day. I carried around a water bottle with me at all times and asked cafes to refill it for me if I ran low.