There’s no doubt that traveling causes pleasure to every sense, that’s why we are all so addicted to it. But sometimes even those things that you enjoy entirely doing can cause a collapse of the immune system and can quickly make you feel exhausted. And if you’re not cautious enough, then traveling can become one of those activities that you appreciate but still cause a harmful effect on your health.
What happens to your body when you travel?
For you to understand the true meaning of taking care of your health during traveling, it is necessary to shortly describe the changes in your body that can happen during your trip. We wouldn’t talk a lot about hygiene because that is something everyone already knows pretty well. However, other changes can affect the pace of adaptation of your organism. You apparently get more exhausted as you wander through the new city you visit, but what also adds up to your exhaustion level is the moments of excitement and joy you experience while you’re sightseeing and doing something for the first time. Additionally, depending on the destination, you’re visiting you have to be prepared for some internal body changes due to the difference in climate from the place where you live. Luckily, there’s a way how to control all these changes and avoid getting sick during your trip.
Tips for staying healthy and energized during a trip:
Take proper care of your body – basic hygiene
If you seem to notice this advice quite a lot in traveling articles – don’t be surprised because of as much as people know how to take care of their hygiene, when they’re traveling abroad they seem to forget about it, or they delay it due to other priorities of the journey. However, this is a wrong thing to do, since you might end up with quite some severe consequences. So, shower as much as possible and clean your hands frequently throughout the day, often change your clothes and watch where you’re eating and going to the toilet. Also, take good care of the people you’re traveling with. We know that’s none of your business, but as ironic as this may sound – you can quickly catch the flu from your traveling buddy even if you’re taking perfect care of yourself. This is also more important if you’re traveling with your love partner, as things might get even more complicated once you get more intimate.
Eat healthy food and don’t exaggerate with local traditional food
Breakfast is known to be one of the most important meals of the day, so whenever you’re on a vacation or a road trip make sure that you take your time in the morning to enjoy a healthy and delicious breakfast. Don’t rush off to your daily sightseeing schedule since you need to fill up your body with some energy. While you’re out of your accommodation, visiting some attractions, always take some fresh fruits and energy-boosting snacks that will keep you up until you have your next meal. Chocolate bars and appetizers are great for this purpose, as they do not weigh a lot and are tasty no matter which time in the day you decide to eat them. And water! Always bring a bottle of water with you along the way. You don’t want to dehydrate while you’re trying to enjoy a new destination.
As for local traditional food – you are always welcome to try it out. However, have in mind the differences in the culinary habits of different cultures and the fact that you either might not like what it seems delicious to you in the first place or your stomach might not be able to process that type of food. So take it easy, especially when spicy food comes to the table.
Do some stretching in the morning
No matter how much you think you are in a great physical condition, never estimate the power of exhaustion that can attack your body after a long day of walking and sightseeing. You will be surprised of the pain in your back or the sore muscles in your legs. That’s why it is always good to wake up in the morning and before you start off your day of exploring do several stretches just to prepare your body for a long day of incredible adventure.
Get a good night sleep and a peaceful rest
When you’re on the road, you will want to spend as much time as you can being awake and experiencing the new destination, taking your time to process the new surrounding and get acquainted with all the local novelties. However, don’t force yourself too much and always leave some space for a good night sleep, even though you may not feel like sleeping at all. Take your time to relax and freshen up for the day after; you will need a lot of energy for the upcoming days of the vacation as well. Additionally, while you’re outside having a wonderful day of sightseeing and visiting the main attractions under the shining sun, remember to take a rest from time to time, stretch your legs in some local park. Lay your head down on the grass just to fill up your batteries and move on with your busy agenda of visiting a new destination.
Avoid crowded places and sick people
This may require some effort, but it is always better to prevent illness from happening than having to deal with it afterward. Overcrowded areas such as shopping centers and metros can be the source of your worst enemy during a trip. The chances that sick people can get you ill at places like these are much more significant than in other more relaxed, outdoor spots of the city. Also, avoid talking or any physical connection with a person that has the flu, however, try not to hurt their feelings by just running away from them. Don’t be rude, just be cautious.
It may seem hard to practice all of these things while you’re trying to enjoy the road trip you’ve been waiting for, but trust us – a little effort won’t cost you that much in comparison to the consequences you might end up with by not taking proper care of yourself. Let traveling create and bring good memories instead of undesirable flashbacks.