Fortunately, I have been able to find other ways to make minor adjustments to make my travels healthier (this helped me while losing over 100 pounds and has helped me keep it off). The following lists some of the things I do:
· Keep my routine as close to normal as possible (i.e. wake up at the same time, keep my meditation practice, work outs, meals and bed time).
· I try to stay at hotels that have a gym, but I use caution, because there are times when the equipment is not maintained and the treadmill belts can be loose (you can fall off!). I also pack a jump rope, fitness bands, workout video (if the hotel provides a DVD player), or a YouTube routine that I enjoy. The jump rope and fitness bands can be worked into a routine with jumping jacks, push-ups, crunches, squats, and lunges.
· I pre-package my protein shakes in zip lock bags. I carry a shaker too. I also pack protein bars and other snacks that are readily available and can help me keep my eating on track.
· I also like to stay at hotels that have a full kitchen or microwave and mini-fridge at the least. This way I can choose to steam veggies, eat leftovers or make other nutritious choices rather than eat out for every single meal.
· I also purchase water when I arrive to my destination (unless traveling by car then I make sure I have some on hand). Staying hydrated is especially helpful to your immune system when traveling.
· Staying on my vitamin regimen and increasing my vitamin C intake while traveling also helps keep my immune system intact (this is especially good when you are doing a lot of flying).
· For personal safety (especially traveling alone), I try to select hotels that have interior rooms, as opposed to doors that face the outdoors.
· Another great tip is to have the addresses of your destinations pre-programmed into your GPS before arriving to the city you are going to, this helps to keep from driving and typing at the same time (*note on the GPS- it is not a good idea to program “home” with your address. Consider that your GPS could be stolen and the thief will then have direct access to your home).
· Various apps like Yelp can give you ideas for restaurants in the area. You can often check out their cuisine, price ranges and read reviews from fellow diners.
· Sometimes sleeping in unfamiliar surrounding can be difficult. I find lavender oil on the soles of my feet (and my kids) helps me sleep, others I know like to carry a sleeping mask.
· This seems like a no brainer, but check the weather for your destination before you leave- I have been known to pack completely wrong! I also know people who have had to buy coats when they arrive to their destination (more than once- ha-ha!)!
· Don’t forget to use your rewards clubs (I have and regret it- I’ve missed out on a lot of free nights!).
· Last, but by far not the least, when traveling on business, make sure you take some time to enjoy your surroundings. Traveling for work can be taxing, and more so if you don’t take time to stop and enjoy something. Life is too short not to!