2020 feels like a good year for travel. Not only is there an entire world out there, but airlines are also making it easier and easier for people to travel further and further. Getting out there to see the world? It’s a privilege that many never get a chance to indulge in. So, you need to do what you can to make it the best time you’ve ever had. It doesn’t matter where in the world you travel, you need to be safe, healthy and you need to do it well. Travelling can be tiring, painful in cramped conditions and it can lead to some pretty horrendous sickness bugs if you’re not careful.
However, don’t let that put you off. Traveling is exciting. It’s thrilling to go on adventures with the people you love the most, and you should embrace as many of those adventures as you can. With that in mind, let’s make sure that you travel healthily in 2020 with these ten top tips.
- Stay Hydrated
It’s so easy to forget to chug down a glass of cool water every now and then when you’re traveling. You’re busy. You have places and people to see and you’re going to be moving more than you are staying still. The best thing to do is to bring a reusable bottle with you and make sure that you sip it. Set an alarm if you must; you’re out in the sunshine, which means that you need to stay as hydrated as possible to avoid heatstroke and dehydration. You can buy water through security at the airport, and refill as you go from place to place. The more you hydrate, the less you risk fainting, headaches, sore muscles, and dry skin.
- Stay Nourished
Yes, vacations are all about eating and drinking with abandon. They’re about long, lazy lunches filled with as much pasta as you can fill up, and hot chicken and pineapple off the barbecue. However, they’re also about fresh fruit, oily fish and freshly tossed salads that crunch as you eat them. You’re going to need to keep your strength up when you’re away and you’re exploring, so a healthy balance of fruits and greens among the Pad Thai and Korean street food is a good plan. There’s no use in restricting yourself; you’ll only end up gorging on everything you can see! A vacation doesn’t stop you feeling sluggish if you chow down on French fries. Keep it balanced as you would do at home. Of course, have the ice cream in the sun!
- Think About Extras
When you’re away, it’s easy to forget to take your vitamins or probiotic drinks. And while you can get your vitamins through your food, why not invest in Probaclac Probiotics for your break? You need to get as many healthy bacteria and vitamins as you can in a new country, especially if you’re going to indulge in food that you wouldn’t usually eat. Foreign food is new to your gut, and while you may not be entirely healthy with your diet every day, you can rest assured you’re getting everything that you need to stay well.
- Pack Snacks
Planning a day on the beach? What about a day exploring the mountains? You need to pack snacks. Bringing healthy snacks with you wherever you go not only saves you cash, it makes sure that you don’t overdo it on the random, high-calorie snacks you could buy. Think fruit, chopped veggies, almonds, and protein bars. All of these are an excellent choice if you want to nibble on something along the way.
- Prioritize Sleep
You need to make an effort to put sleep first. I know, you’re on vacation and you want to have early starts and late nights. However, you need to be at your very best and for that, you should aim to get some shut-eye. You need to think about bringing a sleeping mask and watching your time zones so that you can make the best possible decision for a good night of sleep. The more you rest, the more you feel good. It’s not always easy to fall asleep on airplanes or other modes of transport, but make a point of trying at least! You want to be able to enjoy the activities that you’ve lined up for yourself; not feel exhausted while you do them.
- Plan Good Rest Days
You should plan out your excursions with rest days in mind. Give yourself days off where you can relax and enjoy the experience as well as give yourself time to rest. Think days on the beach or whiling away time in the accommodation reading and enjoying the air conditioning! Resting doesn’t ruin a vacation, and it gives you enough energy for the next few days.
- Plan To Drink Less
Obviously, we’re talking about alcohol. Everyone loves a nice glass of wine with their Tapas, but that doesn’t mean that you should overdo it. Not only does the mix of alcohol and sunshine make things blurrier and can make you feel iller, but it also reduces your immune system and makes you feel dehydrated. Drinking too much can really have an impact on your health, and the idea is to travel healthily! You don’t have to go teetotal, but you do need to know your limits and respect those limits.
- Be Active
You don’t have to head to the hotel gym every single day: there are far too many ways to stay active on vacation that are so much fun! Indulge in ocean watersports and hike everywhere you go. Rent bikes along the beach and head up into the hills for a thrilling bungee jump. Sure, head to the gym if you really want to do some targeted working out, but swimming will give you the same rush!
- Wherever You Go, Wash Your Hands
Rule number one of staying as healthy as possible? Wash your hands! When you’re on vacation and touching hotel doors and elevator buttons you need to be especially vigilant!
- Respect The Sun
Lastly, respect the sun and its power. Use a sunscreen, slip on a hat and sandals and make sure you stay covered in the hottest parts of the day. Enjoy being in the sunshine, but don’t do it unsafely!
Newly middle-aged wife of 1, Mom of 3, Grandma of 2. A professional blogger who has lived in 3 places since losing her home to a house fire in October 2018 with her husband. Becky appreciates being self-employed which has allowed her to work from 'anywhere'. Life is better when you can laugh. As you can tell by her Facebook page where she keeps the humor memes going daily. Becky looks forward to the upcoming new year. It will be fun to see what 2020 holds.