Staying Healthy While Traveling: What Every Nomad Should Know

22nd July 2016

When we head abroad for a week or two on a summer vacation, we naturally indulge ourselves with lots of cocktails and luxurious food. Of course, we do, we’re on holiday – it would be rude not to. However, when we opt to travel for longer periods, we need to think carefully about our health. The last thing you want while exploring a new country is to miss the chance to try some amazing local cuisine because you’re on a diet. After all, traveling is all about immersing yourself in new cultures and experiences, right?

The problem is, if you opt to travel for an extended period and let your health regime go completely, you’ll end up gaining weight. If you want to make the most of your time exploring the world, the last thing you want is to be unhappy with yourself. That’s why it’s so important to know how to stay healthy while jetting off to here, there, and everywhere. I would never gamble with my health and neither should you, especially while abroad.

Admittedly, staying healthy while traveling can be a struggle. Especially, if you love cocktails, trying new things, and are always on the move. Luckily for you, I’ve come up with a few tips for staying healthy and in good shape while traveling. Take these on board and you can ensure that both physically and mentally, you stay healthy, regardless of the corner of the world that you’re in.

Get into a routine (of some sort)

The best thing you can do for your health is get into some sort of routine with what you’re eating and how you’re exercising. This might seem impossible, especially as you’re probably busy doing new things every day. However, it doesn’t have to be as difficult as you would think. Getting into a routine could be as easy as being vegetarian on weekdays to cut out unnecessary fat and calories. Or it could mean making sure to walk at least three miles a day – something that’s pretty easy to do when you’re out and about exploring. All you need is some sort of routine that guarantees each day you will do what you can to stay healthy. It doesn’t have to be set in stone, but it’s good to get into healthy habits, even when abroad.

It’s 80% diet and 20% exercise

You can be as active as you like, but if you’re eating the wrong things you won’t be healthy. The fact is when it comes to how healthy and physically fit your body is, it’s 80% diet. Unless you want to return home after your travels weighing more than before. It’s essential to realize that your diet has a big impact on the state of your body. With this in mind, what you want to do is aim to eat lots of healthy, nutritious foods. You should aim to skip things that contain empty calories and high levels of trans fats. This doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy yourself or indulge every so often, it just means opting for the healthy choice more often than not. Dishes that are vegetable, grain, or nut based are all good options, as they’re filling and healthy. It’s about making good choices. So, say you’re in Italy, instead of opting for pizza every night, have a salad – the Italians are famous for their delicious salads.

Make bottled water your drink of choice


Obviously, when you’re abroad you can’t drink tap water, but you can drink plenty of bottled water. Instead of opting for sugar-packed juices or fizzy drinks, drink water instead. Lots of drinks are packed full of empty calories, which means you’re consuming hundreds of calories that won’t sustain your body in any way. That’s why, if you want to be healthy, your drink of choice should always be water. Not only because water is calorie-free and a great form of hydration. But also, because water can help to ensure that your body is as healthy as possible. It can keep acne at bay – sugary drinks can fuel breakouts, it can aid weight loss, and it gives you more energy, among other things. If you don’t like plain water, opt for flavored or sparkling water instead.

Eat healthy snacks

One of the worst things you can do for your body is eat unhealthy snacks. Sometimes, you want a quick energy-boosting snack while you’re on the go, but crisps, ice cream or chocolate isn’t it. Instead, carry a bag of nuts and dried fruit around with you, a pre-made fruit smoothie, or a homemade flapjack or tray bake. It’s much better to prepare your snacks yourself so that you know exactly what’s going into them. A great homemade snack option is to make Matcha Green Tea cupcakes or brownies. All you need for these is a sachet of Matcha Green Tea Powder from Kiss Me Organics and a good recipe, and you’re all set. These make a great snack as they’re filling, the Matcha powder aids weight loss and they’re ideal for eating on the go. Banana flapjacks are another good option as they’re incredibly filling and can give you a fantastic energy boost. Eat healthy snacks and your body will thank you for it.

Be active

While staying shape might be 80% what you eat, it’s still important to be active while you’re traveling. This doesn’t necessarily mean going for a five-mile jog every morning or spending your evenings cooped up working out at the gym. It’s just a case of staying active – how you chose to do that is up to you. While you’re out and about exploring, maybe you could walk from place to place, instead of using public transport? Perhaps you could get up early and go for a swim – pool or sea it doesn’t matter? Could you rent a bike in each place you visit and use that as your only mode of transport? Make being active a part of daily life and you will find it much easier to stay in shape.

Dine local

When you’re dining out, instead of eating in chain restaurants, dine in local, independent eateries. The food made in these types of places tends to be homemade, which means that it will be healthier. You’ll find that by dining local in restaurants, you’ll eat healthier than if you ate somewhere that has their food shipped in. Plus, by opting to dine in independent eateries, you’ll get a real taste of the area’s cuisine. Isn’t that what traveling is all about – experiencing different cultures first hand?

Practice yoga

As you will know if you follow my blog, I am a big yoga lover. It’s such a fantastic way to relieve the stresses and strains from the day, keeping your body healthy and happy. Yoga is also a fantastic stress reliever that’s ideal for unwinding after a long day of travel. Plus, if you practice yoga on a regular basis, it can be a fantastic way to keep your body in shape and your mind healthy. Yoga is renowned for its ability to prevent mental health problems and help to heal them. Making it an amazing form of exercise to practice if you want to keep your mind, as well as your body, healthy. There are plenty of yoga tutorials on YouTube that you can use to help you get started.

Drink alcohol in moderation


Now and then we all like to have a drink, and even more so while traveling. Whether it’s drinking cocktails, sipping Sangria, or celebrating with champagne, we all love to have a drink. The only problem is that alcohol isn’t exactly the healthiest substance that you could put into your body. Especially as a lot of alcoholic drinks are packed full of sugar and empty calories. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have it while you’re traveling. It just means drinking it in moderation. Instead of having alcohol every time that you go out, opt for alcohol-free alternatives every so often. Have a lime and soda water instead or a refreshing glass or sparkling water. Save your weekly alcohol allowance for big events and nights out. This will allow you to keep your body (and mind) healthier and in better shape. Plus, when you actually have a glass of wine or a cocktail, you’ll enjoy it more as it’s a little treat.

It can be hard to stay healthy while traveling, as you just want to spend your time enjoying yourself. However, if you’re heading off for an extended trip, you need to think about your health. You can easily gain a quarter of a stone – three and a half pound, in a week, if you eat and drink the wrong things. Imagine if on average you gain that a week. Within a month you’d have gained a stone – 14 pounds in weight, that’s a lot of weight to gain. That’s why while you’re traveling, it’s essential to put your health first and do what you can to stay healthy and keep your body in shape.

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