Any time you have travelled somewhere new, you’ve probably noticed that staying healthy can be a challenging task. A new environment and climate can be extremely difficult to get used to While traveling, you’re being exposed to foods that your body might not always agree with, unexpected and even stressful situations, and a new lifestyle that can be mentally and physically exhausting.
These changes can be intimidating, and a valid worry of many travelers is the idea of not being able to stay healthy. Don’t let the fear of getting sick while travelling overseas keep you from having an amazing cultural journey, because in the end it will be such a rewarding experience. Follow these tips to keep your health in check and staying fit on your next big adventure.
If you are used to a regular exercise regimen, this routine will most likely be interrupted while you travel. You will most likely not have regular access to a gym membership or yoga studio, so you need to do what you can to stay fit. This may mean walking instead of taking an uber or taxi – as long as you are in a safe area – or taking a bike ride through a new city. Staying in shape while abroad is not a difficult task, especially if your travels have taken you to the ocean where you can swim, kayak, and snorkel all day long.
Take a daily probiotic.
Probiotics are a traveller’s best friend. Keeping a healthy gut is essential while travelling. If you’re an adventurous person, you’ll definitely be eating some strange foods while on the road, so keep a healthy and happy tummy by taking a probiotic supplement every day. It is best to start taking these about two weeks before your travels begin, and also several weeks after they have finished.
Pace yourself when it comes to sightseeing. It may seem like there is so much to see in so little time, especially if you are backpacking and constantly on the move, but do your best to pace yourself when it comes to sightseeing. This is especially important at the start of your trip when you are still getting used to the climate, food, and overall culture. So instead of trying to squeeze all of the sights in one day, spread it out over several days and take your time.
Limit alcohol as much as possible.
Oftentimes when we travel, we see it as a chance to party. After all, it is a vacation, so who wouldn’t mind a few cold beers on the beach?! But just remember that drinking every day is not a sustainable way of living, especially if you are travelling long term. Not only will you feel the negative effects on your body, but your bank account will be hurting too.
Eat less meat and more vegetables.
You might have the intention to eat healthy during your trip, but the chances of this happening are slim to none. You’ll be surrounded by delicious foods of another culture, and you should definitely do your best to try as much new cuisine as possible. So don’t worry about eating those yummy French pastries or savory Pad Thai, but balance this by opting for more vegetarian options and less meat.