Healthy Travel: Packing Snacks & Working Out On Vacation
Hello all!!! I've been a bit MIA on the blog and Instagram for the past month or so (eeek!) due to travel and thoroughly enjoying my time away from a screen and keyboard. Sometimes it's nice to take a legit break from social media (even if it's just because you don't have Wifi) to really enjoy the place you're at and not worry about delivering content or what everyone else is up to. And its a bit difficult getting back into the swing of things afterwards. For me, I completely detached (but now I'm back!) and it was totally refreshing and inspiring in a new way.
SO -- as you know I've decided to add a touch of travel to my blog/insta/brand simply because its one of my passions, along with health and wellness. Travel may not fit the perfect health and wellness image we see allover Instagram, but thats totally OK with me. I have no image I want to replicate out there, I just want to deliver content to YOU that is wellness, health, and happiness oriented. And for me, travel is totally included. Travel, while it can be long, stressful and challenging at times, is something that not only makes me exceptionally happy, but also reminds me of all the reasons why I am so happy and reminds me how lucky I am to live the life I do. So, what is a wellness/lifestyle blog without including all that makes one happy? :)
The two (travel and health) can also be super super related. We all think that we have to "diet" or eat/workout a certain way leading up to a vacation to look a certain way. While I totally understand this, it perpetuates the idea that we have to look a certain way to be happy and enjoy a vacation. I am totally for eating clean and working out (duh!) before going on a trip, simply because that makes me feel happy and energetic, not because I want to change something about myself before a 7 day trip.
That being said, there are totally ways to make your travel and vacation time healthy. When I say this I mean ways to eat healthier and find time for movement, but I also mean keeping a healthy mindset. Let's start with eating/working out.
I'm a huge proponent of bringing my own food/snacks/supplements on a plane ride, or any travel for that matter. Traveling to Cape Town from Boston (well, really from Scotland to Boston back to the UK then to SA) included over 10 flights over 8 days for me. For the 25+ hour travel day from Boston to Cape Town, I STOCKED up on food. I don't eat airplane food because it doesn't make me feel too great, so I brought bags of food that I could assemble to have a makeshift dinner between flights.
I packed in plastic bags to save space: roasted sweet potatoes and parsnips, sliced jicama, sliced peppers, carrots, sliced and cooked sausage, a whole avocado, 2 packets of almond butter, 2 raw seed bars, packet of Epic jersey, freeze dried berries, protein powder packets* and all my energy balls. And TONS of water. Filled up that S'well bottle any chance I could.
*I went to Starbucks and asked for just steamed almond milk (or coconut) then mixed in cinnamon, nutmeg and protein powder packet for a satiating and yummy drink before boarding the plane so I could get some sleep. It was so good and such an easy thing to do!
It was a ton of food and weighed down my carry on a lot, but was totally worth it. It lasted me multiple days of travel and I never once felt gross or bloated. That's my biggest "health" travel tip -- bring your own food and snacks (a meal is awesome) -- and pack more than you think. You never wanna be left hungry on a 10 hour flight with packaged airplane food as your only option!
As for movement, don't stress out about it. If you're traveling to a foreign city, you're going to get movement in if you're walking all around the city everyday. So just make sure to walk as much as you can and you'll probably rack up 5-10 miles a day! If you're near any mountains, take a hike! If you're on a more relaxing holiday, hit up the hotel gym a few times in the morning and feel good about that! No need to over do it or stress out about it, you are on vacation after all! BUT, moving around a bit will make you feel better about your indulgences and will definitely up your energy levels so you can get in all that you want to while on vacation! If fitness is part of your everyday lifestyle, there's no reason not to include it when you're on vacation. I workout because it makes me feel energetic and happy, not to punish myself, so why not feel even happier on vacation?
Stay tuned for more healthy travel tips -- beyond the food. I plan to write a lot about travel coming up, all with reasons why I love to travel and see it as a pillar for a objective perspective and an open mind. Let me know your thoughts on travel and what you'd like to hear!