How to Stay Active and Eat Healthy While Traveling or on Vacation
If you stay active and eat healthy at home, you might want to do the same while traveling or on vacation. Staying active and eating healthy while you travel isn’t difficult. It’s actually simple!
When planning a trip, I recommend making physical activity a priority in your daily itinerary. Additionally, I suggest stocking up on healthy snacks and convenience foods before you leave. This will be covered later in the article.
This article provides fun and creative ideas to influence healthy living while traveling or on vacation.
Okay, let’s get to the tips and recommendations, shall we? These tips depend on the type of place you’re visiting, the terrain, the weather, and your daily planned activities…
Walking is the safest and most subtle exercise. Plan to walk as much as possible while traveling or on vacation. Walking is universal. You can walk anywhere you visit regardless of season or terrain. Remember, the more you walk, the more calories you burn.
Walking doesn’t require any special equipment or strenuous force. All you need is a comfy pair of shoes and the willingness to repeatedly place one foot in front of the other. When you walk, you become more present. Imagine what you can see and take in when traveling 3-4 miles per hour as opposed to 40-70 miles per hour.
There is a downside to walking; it’s the slowest method of transportation. However, you can utilize public transportation. In doing so, you not only get your daily walk, but you meet locals and save money.
Books that Inspire Walking
Explore the Wilderness
If you’re the adventurous type, a mountain or volcano trail might be an ideal hiking challenge. For a calmer experience, try hiking in a national forest or state park. If the place you’re visiting is mountainous or hilly, simply walking around town will cover your daily hike.
Similar to walking, all you need is a good pair of hiking shoes or boots. Oh, and plenty of clean drinking water. Traveling and jet lag causes dehydration, so make sure to stay well-hydrated while traveling or on vacation.
Inspirational Hiking Movies
Spin the Wheel
Rent a bike for the day or perhaps your whole trip. If your travel destination is a smaller area, biking can eliminate the need for a rental car. This can save you lots of cash and the environment all in one.
Biking is my favorite daily activity when I’m traveling. I love biking because it’s faster than walking and you still see more than traveling by car.
Many cities have public bike rental kiosks available. These kiosks are easy to use and accept credit and debit card payments. They make renting a bike while traveling or on vacation accessible and convenient.
Get Extreme… If You Dare
If you love the great outdoors or become fired up around extreme activities, you’ll enjoy the following recommendations…
These are fun physical activities that help tone and sculpt your core and arms. Plus, they make you sweat your ass off! Most water sport rental shops offer rental rates for every couple hours.
Swimming and snorkeling are my favorite FREE water activities. All you need is a swimsuit or board shorts and a snorkeling mask. Swimming is a full body cardio and muscle strengthening workout. If you’re swimming in the ocean, you have an added healing benefit of high pH salt water.
Now talk about a perfect balance for your coconut rum piña colada… Cheers and Namaste!
If you’re vacation destination is a snow covered mountain paradise, try skiing, snow tubing, sledding, or snowboarding. Similar to the water sports I mentioned, these snow sports are a fun way to tone and strengthen your core.
Snow sports will make you truly appreciate your hot toddy afterwards. 😉
Some other ideas for extreme outdoor activities are zip lining, rock climbing, white water rafting and kite surfing.
Books on Extreme and Outdoor Sports
But… What if it’s Raining?
Because the weather may prevent you from outdoor activities, you still don’t have an excuse to skip exercise. Since most of the activities I mentioned are performed outdoors, they enable you to experience nature and the scenery of your destination.
However, you may want some options if it’s raining or you prefer to be inside. If outdoor activities are not possible OR you’re not the outdoor adventure type, you can always plan indoor activities.
Most hotels and resorts have fitness centers these days. You can start off or end your day with a nice walk or jog on the treadmill. A half hour on the elliptical and 15 minutes lifting weights can make a huge difference for your day.
If you’re staying with someone or couch surfing it up, you can always go to the nearest gym and get a visitors pass. Maybe the person you’re staying with has a gym pass. In this case, you can get in for free. Sweet deal! Either way you look at it, there’s no excuse.
In addition to working out at a fitness center, what are other creative ways to stay active indoors while traveling or on vacation? I recommend planning attractions or activities at places like museums, aquariums, theaters, expos, or other similar indoor exhibits or venues that require lots of walking.
Now, let’s explore 2 additional indoor activities you can schedule while traveling…
Books and DVDs on Gym-Free Workouts
Schedule Some Much Needed “Me Time”
I highly recommend getting a massage at some point while traveling or on vacation. A massage is especially beneficial if you’ve had a long flight or you’ve been cramped up in a car for several hours.
Long flights and road trips are taxing on the body, which is why it’s imperative to schedule some “me time.” Because of its calming and therapeutic benefits, massage therapy helps relieve anxiety and can balance out the stress of traveling.
Give Yourself or Someone you Love the Gift of Massage, Yoga, or a Facial!
Strike a Pose
Yoga is a powerful healing practice. It balances your body with your thoughts and emotions. Yoga is also great for staying grounded if you travel often for work.
We all know how shitty our body feels after sitting in an airplane or car seat for hours on end. Your muscles are tight and stiff, and your spine is compressed.
These are prime ingredients for a major crab-ass recipe! Aside from getting a massage, you may want to consider taking a yoga class while traveling or on vacation.
Yoga, like massage therapy, is incredibly effective for relieving tension and stretching your muscles.
Because of its spinal decompression and lymph circulation benefits, yoga can help prevent you from getting sick. Yoga is a powerful tool for staying healthy and balanced while traveling or on vacation.
There are many varieties of yoga to choose from. If you’ve never practiced before, you may want to start with a beginner’s class, such as hatha or yin.
Learn more about beginner’s yoga.
If you’re brave and love to sweat out toxins, consider trying hot yoga. After completing a hot yoga class, I always feel like I had a massage in a sauna room.
Yoga classes are conveniently available everywhere. In fact, many airports now have small yoga studios! When you’re flying, you can drop in for a 30 minute class while you wait. This will stretch your muscles and do wonders for an airplane stiffened crab-ass.
For the ultimate yoga/massage/relaxation experience, I recommend booking an all inclusive retreat. From yoga, massage, and meditation getaways to surfing, detox, and couples’ packages, Book Retreats has you covered.
They even offer affordable yoga teacher training retreats. Choose from dozens of breathtaking places around the world, including Hawaii, Costa Rica, Australia, Bali, India, Jamaica, and even Cuba.
Read more about booking a yoga retreat.
Here’s how you can Eat Healthy While Traveling or on Vacation:
Now that I’ve extensively covered physical activity, let’s talk about eating healthy while traveling or on vacation. Being someone who loves cooking and preparing my own foods, I know how difficult it can be to find healthy food when traveling.
This is especially true in certain parts of the USA. In southern states, there’s unhealthy, deep fried foods readily available everywhere you go.
Healthier dining options (vegetarian, gluten free, local, organic, chemical free…etc.) are becoming widely accepted and available. Nonetheless, you still need to look for healthy foods and/or restaurants if you want to eat healthy while traveling or on vacation.
Harness the Power of Technology
Ahh, the beauty and convenience of technology! I use my smartphone to search for organic restaurants in any area I’m visiting. Most of the time, I find amazing local restaurants that suit my healthy living preferences.
The added benefit of using my phone is restaurant websites are constantly updated. I can pull up a restaurant’s menu, see their hours, and even tap a button to call if I have questions.
When I’m ready to go, I simply tap another button and GPS will guide me directly to their front door.
Here are my 3 favorite apps for finding healthy places to eat on vacation:
More FREE Healthy Eating Resources
In the following links, you’re able to search and browse natural, organic, vegan, and gluten-free restaurants. You can use these websites in combination with the 3 apps I recommended.
Here are some useful websites for healthy eating while away from home:
Eat Well Guide (Massive resource for everything healthy eating related)
Organic Travel Guide (Organic and natural)
Happy Cow (vegan and vegetarian)
CSA (gluten free)
Urban Taste Bud (vegan and gluten free)
All Raw Directory (raw food)
Soy Stache (raw food – international)
American Farm to Table (Organic, local, and sustainable)
Stock up on Healthy Snacks Before you Travel
Before I embark on a trip, I like to stock up on healthy snack items. Some of my favorite staples are nuts, seeds, trail mix, and baked crackers.
When road tripping, I like to load the cooler and pack my travel bags with as much as I can fit. In doing so, I’m able to eat healthy AND I know exactly what’s in the food. Plus, I’m saving money at the same time.
I enjoy and highly recommend ordering from Vitacost. They offer savings of up to 50% off retail on healthy products you want and need.
Vitacost carries supplements, vitamins, sports nutrition products, health foods, bulk spices, healthy snack items, natural bath & beauty products, and even organic home, baby, and pet supplies.
Speaking of saving money, I invite you to start making your own personal care and cleaning products from edible ingredients.
Learn how to do this in my book, Green with Envy. In it, I share recipes for homemade personal care and cleaning products (plus money saving tips on living an Eco-friendly, sustainable lifestyle).
Ultimately, the Choice is Yours!
In conclusion, this article covers many different angles on how to stay active and eat healthy while traveling or on vacation. Ultimately, remember this; the choice is yours! As you can see, options for healthy travel not only exist, but they’re quite abundant.
I hope you we’re inspired to make your next trip (whether business or pleasure) a healthy and balanced experience.
Wishing you active, healthy, and balanced travels!