MY TOP 5 HEALTHY TRAVEL TIPS
There's no doubt about it, maintaining a healthy lifestyle whilst travelling is challenging. One thing I'm really passionate about changing is the 'all-or-nothing' mentality when it comes to be healthy. Just because you can't go to the gym for a week or don't have access to a kitchen stocked with superfoods, it shouldn't mean you can't be healthy! I used to travel a lot more than I do these days, and back in a time when there were even fewer healthy options available at airports than there currently are. Thankfully it's now much easier, but it still takes a little preparation.
Here are my top 5 travel tips to take with you anywhere...
#1 TAKE SUPPLEMENTS WITH YOU -
The ones I usually travel with are probiotics and digestive enzymes. Though a greens powder can be really useful if you know the access to fresh produce is limited or you might be eating out a lot. If I'm super prepared then I might also take some sachets of vegan protein powder to mix with water or coconut water but I usually only do that if I know there are going to be really limited options.
#2 MAKE YOUR OWN PLANE FOOD -
I never eat plane food, ever. I usually grab something like a salad and some snack bars or nuts at the airport. The best option though is to pack your own. It's totally allowed as long as you aren't bringing liquids.
#3 PACK YOUR OWN BEAUTY PRODUCTS -
It's tempting to rely on hotel mini products when you're travelling but I recommend packing your usuals. This is particularly important if you have sensitive skin. I decant everything I usually use or buy the travel-sized versions. For the plane, I recommend a pure rose water spritz and a hydrating natural moisturiser.
#4 STAY HYDRATED -
This is a no brainer but it's pretty easy to be slack about it when you're in transit or when there are more important things to be concerned about such as maragritas by the pool. It's really important to drink plenty of water, especially whilst flying. It's essential for keeping skin looking its best and also for your digestive system to function optimally.
#5 WHEN IN DOUBT, DO AS THE LOCALS DO -
My favourite thing to do in a new place is eat like the locals do. In Greece I have fruit with Greek yogurt and honey for breakfast and a big Greek salad for lunch. In Mexico that might mean grilled fresh fish or ceviche. In France, I'll shop for fresh fruit and vegetables at a market. Most cuisines have some element of health to them, based around the local produce. This doesn't mean you have to constantly be seeking the healthiest choice, but it means the not so healthy choices are balanced out.
And a finally, just relax! If you have a consistent routine at home then the odd week off here or there is fine! If you find yourself being restrictive or limiting your experiences by worrying about diet and exercise, you're not doing it right!