Most travelers have experienced this before: You’re abroad, so you eat more, drink more, exercise less, and stay up late. This starts fun, but it quickly catches up to you. Before you know it, you’re tired, gaining weight, and generally feeling crummy. This might be okay for a vacationer who’s trip only lasts a few days, but for a full-time traveler, it is not acceptable. Here’s how you can travel full time and still stay healthy.
Restaurants are delicious, but they often serve food that is very rich, calorie dense, and unhealthy. Cooking for yourself and eating in can provide you with cheap and nutritious meals. The key here is to choosing lodging that has a kitchen. That can be an Airbnb, hostel, or certain hotels. When you have a kitchen, you have full control over what you put in your body. You can load up on vegetables, protein, and everything else that makes up a healthy meal. For midday meals, try packing a lunch instead of eating out.
As a traveler, you’re not going to be in your kitchen three times a day. For some meals, you’ll want to eat out. This is both for convenience and for enjoying yourself. When you eat out, be careful of the restaurants you go to and the food you order. Treating yourself to something unhealthy every once in a while is fine, but try and stick to nutritious food at least four out of five meals out.
Be sure to shower regularly and used hand sanitizer. When you’re on the road, you’re exposing yourself to a lot of viruses, bacteria, and general dirtiness. Regularly wash yourself to stay safe and healthy. You don’t want to be sick while traveling.
This is one area that is generally less of an issue than the others. Usually, when you’re traveling, you’re doing a lot of walking and climbing stairs. This is great for your heart, lungs, and legs. If you’re going to be traveling full time, though, it is not quite enough. You’ll want to add some resistance training into your weekly schedule to keep your muscles strong and healthy. If your hotel has a gym, use it. If not, there are plenty of bodyweight exercises you can do. The three most common include push-ups, pull-ups, and squats. For a more intense cardiovascular workout, opt for swimming, biking, or jogging.
This a big problem area for full-time travelers. They often don’t sleep enough. It’s no mystery why: They want to experience the country’s nightlife while also having full days filled with activities. Unfortunately, this is a recipe for getting little sleep, which is very unhealthy. Generally, you’ll want to choose between a night out and an early morning. If you stay up late, then sleep in. If you’re going to catch the sunrise, then go to sleep before 10 PM. That way you can still get 7+ hours of sleep each night.
Listen To Your Mind And Body
Full-time travel isn’t easy. It can be very hard on your body and mind. If one of them is telling you to take a day off, listen to it! Your body has a wonderful way of regulating itself and telling you exactly what it needs. If you’re tired, then sleep. If your stomach is upset, then clean up your diet.
Your travel journey is a marathon, not a sprint. Take things slow and easy when you need to, and you’ll be much happier in the long run. Eat well, sleep well, and have fun!