Published on March 1, 2017 | by Andrea Guerriero0
Staying Healthy While Travelling: 8 Handy Tips
Travelling is an amazing opportunity. The last thing you want to happen is a stint of your trip to be ruined by illness or injury. But accidents happen and it’s easier to catch a bug in new places. However, there are some simple steps you can take to stay healthy while exploring the world. We’ve gathered eight top tips to keep you feeling great. Check them out:
Arrange medical vaccinations
You could be completely healthy – but you still need to get some injections before you go travelling. Some vaccinations are mandatory before visiting a particular region and others are simply advised to protect you from diseases you’d be most at risk from. See your GP or practice nurse for more advice. Book an appointment early because you need some jabs around six to eight weeks before you travel.
It’s best to be prepared for the worst, especially when doctors bills can rack up quickly when you’re trying to safely get home. Get insured and you won’t have to worry about costs as shown by Insurancewith:
- £15,000 to £20,000 to have a doctor with you onboard from Australia to the UK
- £12,000 to £16,000 for an air ambulance to bring you home from the Canary Islands
- £35,000 to £45,000 for a medical evacuation from the United States.
Keep up the exercise
Whether you enjoy running outdoors, hitting the weights section or practicing yoga, get an exercise routine in place you can stick to in different places around the world. You don’t have to get up early to burn off the calories every day, just devote some time to exercising every week. We suggest following The Body Coach’s YouTube videos. They’re short workouts you can do pretty much anywhere with no equipment needed.
Get enough sleep
No-one wants to be the grumpy, moany person travelling. Make sure you’re getting enough rest before you snap at someone for something stupid.
Throughout your trip, The Every Girl points out, a reusable water bottle will be endlessly useful. Get yourself one and get in the habit of filling up where you can. You won’t need to buy any drinks on the go, preventing you from being tempted by sugary options, you’ll save yourself money and stay hydrated. Also watch out how much alcohol you’re drinking. The calories in most drinks can quickly add up. But being cautious with alcohol isn’t all about being healthy. It’s also not the smartest move to be heavily intoxicated in a place you don’t know that well.
We’ve already mentioned keeping up a weekly exercise routine. But there are easy ways of being more active every day. Walk places, rather than relying on a taxi or public transport. Skip the escalator or lift and take the stairs. Making small efforts every day will pay off.
Eat local and fresh food
When you’re travelling, you’re obviously going to treat yourself. Food is one of the many highlights of such an experience. But it’s all about achieving a healthy balance. Where possible, try to find local restaurants renowned for fresh food. Street food stalls are also a great place to find decent meals, without denting your budget. Some people are a bit frightened of trying food cooked by the side of a road – but watch where the locals are queueing for and head there.
Stay in touch with family and friends
Staying healthy is also about your mental well-being. Travelling often means being away from your loved ones for long periods of time. It can be tough being away from home with little contact with the people you used to see regularly. So work around the different time zones and schedule in some time to catch up on Skype or Facetime.
How do you stay healthy while travelling? Share your tips with us.