Sandy beaches and ocean waves, drinks while you lounge by the pool. Vacations are full of sun, fun, and opportunities to slack off on healthy choices.
Even though you probably won’t wake up at 5 AM for sunrise yoga or pause your packed schedule at Disney to hit the hotel gym, you can still keep up healthy habits on vacation.Vacay the nutritious way. 5 tips to a healthier trip! #familytravel Click To Tweet
It starts at home.
You spend weeks eating quinoa and working out so you can look good on the beach–so don’t throw all of your hard work away. Before you start packing, check Yelp and other review sites for restaurants and cafes in the area that offer healthy options. When DaddyVents and I took a quick trip to D.C. for my birthday, we found a vegan soul food restaurant on HappyCow, a vegan and vegetarian restaurant guide.
Pack your bags.
Before you drop serious cash on minibar snacks (seriously, $3 for bottled water?), pack some light bites at home. Throw some hummus and veggies, flaxseed crackers, or fresh fruit into your carry on to satisfy your in flight munchies and hotel room hunger. Make your own trail mix or stock up on organic fruit snacks if you’re traveling with kids.
Prepare for takeoff.
Low humidity in airplane cabins can make you dehydrated–which can lead to dry skin, itchy eyes, and respiratory viruses. Alcohol, coffee, and even some teas can dry you out you before you get to your destination. Make sure to stay hydrated before, during, and after your trip. TSA rules keep you from bringing liquids over 3oz through security, but you can carry an empty water bottle with you. Bobble’s built in filter ensures you’ll have clean, fresh water wherever you travel.
Treat yo’ self-in moderation.
Your cruise beverage package includes beer, wine, and cocktails–but can send your healthy habits sailing. For every adult beverage, drink one glass of water. Or, follow Nerd Fitness’ travel tips and do 10 push ups for every beer, wine, or shot of Patron you down at the bar.
That’s the whole point of vacation, right? Don’t restrict your taste buds, and try new foods. I’ve eaten conch in the Bahamas, roti in Trinidad, jerk chicken on the beach in Grenada–and enjoyed it all without thinking about the calories in a serving. Savor the flavors of your destination. Kick back, relax, and enjoy your vacation!