Having the opportunity to travel the world is an amazing thing. You spend months, possibly years planning where you want to go, what you want to see and how you’re going to get there. As a traveller, you want to cram in as much as possible, and make the most of your time on the road. Make as many memories as possible and stuffing as many experiences as you can into your already bursting itinerary.
However, when you’re out and about absorbing new cultures and enjoying new experiences, it’s quite common for travellers to neglect themselves. This is when stress, fatigue and even illness can creep in. Potentially ruining the rest of your trip. Here I’ve written down my top 4 ways you can practice self-care whilst travelling.
And remember, always ensure you that travel insurance in place before you travel! Uninsured medical evacuations can cost upwards of $50,000! Not a position you want to find yourself in. Make sure you have a policy in place before you leave.
Now, back to self-care!
Ok, so eating right might not be up there with your other travelling priorities. You probably want to kick back a little and enjoy an indulgence or two! Especially if you want to experience authentic local cuisine. However, eating plenty of fruit and veggies is a simple yet effective way to look after yourself on the road. You can still treat yourself, just remember to try and keep a good balance of everything. The more vitamins, minerals and good fats you have in your diet, the more energy you’ll have. And if there’s one thing you need for travelling – it’s energy!
Drink plenty of water
It goes without saying, but you may find you start to neglect your 8 glasses a day whilst on the road The lure of energy drinks, fizzy drinks for when you’re craving a sugar rush and of course alcoholic drinks are probably in abundance. Get in the habit of carrying around a bottle of water with you so you can drink on the go.
Keep your hands clean
The last thing you want is a sickness bug to completely write off your trip. Keeping your hands clean will help keep you safe and healthy. Wash your hands as often as you can and bring some sanitary wipes or hand sanitiser along with you if the hand washing facilities aren’t up to scratch. Always clean your hands before you eat!
It’s not always easy to get enough sleep on the road; nights out, travelling overnight or a fellow traveller who has a snoring problem…its difficult but not impossible. Remember, getting enough sleep while you’re travelling means that you’ll have more energy during the day to do all the things you want to do! Always try to prioritise sleep, even if you worry you’re missing out by not joining your new friends at a local bar, you’ll probably enjoy yourself more if you’re not tired and cranky!