Spending a vacation abroad is one of the best ways to break away from a tedious day-to-day routine. It’s an opportunity to get away from all the duties and deadlines and unwind from busy work schedules, which is a necessity these days, especially when it comes to maintaining mental well-being.
That being said, holidays are also a time when we tend to over-indulge, which makes it easy for us to forget about our healthy lifestyle and make not-so-great decisions that we may regret later on. Although staying healthy and in shape while on a holiday can be tricky, with some clever travel tips and a strong will, you can have a great time abroad while remaining consistent with your healthy habits.
Traveling with loved ones
Traveling solo can be lots of fun, but nothing beats the time you spend abroad with your friends and family. In a time when we tend to get preoccupied with our daily duties, we often forget how important it is to spend some quality time with the people we love the most. Traveling with your loved ones is the perfect opportunity to reconnect and learn new things, all the while creating beautiful memories you will treasure for years. From engaging in calorie-burning activities such as hiking and bike riding to sunbathing and relaxing on the beach, there are various activities you can enjoy together. You can also pick seashells with your little ones or split into groups and play beach volleyball. Not only will you get your heart rate up, but you’ll also have fun – it’s a win-win situation!
Staying active on a vacation abroad
Because you’ll be spending time away from home, you may not be able to fit in workouts between all the sightseeing and city tours. That means you’ll have to find a way to keep the blood flowing and get your body moving. Instead of taking a taxi to get back to your hotel after a meal, go for a walk. Forego public transportation and explore the local attractions on foot.
Even something as simple as combining sightseeing with walking will help you stay in shape and remain active on your vacation, and you also won’t feel as guilty if you overindulge in a local delicacy as you’ll burn off those calories in a jiffy.
Finding the best accommodation for your needs
The place you choose to stay while abroad can also affect the degree to which you’re able to relax and unwind. You want to select accommodation that is in line with your needs. In other words, you’ll need to consider different factors such as privacy, location, and local entertainment and dining options. While hotels and hostels can be a good choice, serviced studios for rent are another option you’re offered when traveling abroad. What makes the latter option more convenient for travelers is the ability to cook and prepare your own food, which makes it easier for you to remain consistent with your healthy lifestyle. Serviced studios are great if you’re looking to meet new people, but they’re also a good option if privacy and safety are high on your priority list.
Eating healthy while abroad
While you may not have any trouble sticking to a strict dietary regimen at home, things can get tricky when you’re abroad. Eating at restaurants and getting store-bought food are often the only options you’ve got as a traveler. However, these are not the wisest options you can make healthwise and moneywise. That’s why you want to take advantage of the kitchens that come with accommodation. They let you prepare your own meals for less, and you can track your calorie intake more easily. That said, be sure to try out some local foods as well. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself and try to relax and enjoy instead.
Getting enough rest and staying hydrated
With so many different places to visit and tourist attractions to see, traveling can get quite exhausting. When you’re keeping your body busy all day long, you want to ensure you get enough sleep each night – even during the day if necessary. In those cases, power naps can be very beneficial, but make sure to listen to your body and act accordingly. You also want to ensure you keep yourself hydrated during the trip. Aim to drink four times more water than usual to prevent symptoms such as dehydration and constipation.
Vacations are the time when most of us let go and decide to simply treat themselves. While there’s nothing wrong with indulging in your favorite food and sipping on your favorite cocktails every once in a while, you’ll feel so much better if you arrive home from your trip feeling refreshed and energized, which is only possible if you stick with your healthy habits and resist the temptations as much as possible. Even if you do make a ‘mistake’ here and there, don’t sweat it. Simply relax and enjoy the beautiful moments abroad – that’s the whole idea of vacations, so have fun and carpe diem!
About the author:
Lana Hawkins is a stay-at-home mom, writer, and interior design enthusiast. She loves writing about interiors, but her specialty is landscape design. She enjoys playing in the kitchen and cooking healthy meals for her friends and family, spending time in nature and learning about other cultures by travelling. She is a regular contributor to smoothdecorator.com.