This article originally appeared at Backporchpaleo.com on March 1, 2018. My sincerest thanks to the amazing women behind Back Porch Paleo, Michelle and Makenna, for allowing me to share my passion for healthy travel!
I hope you enjoy my top 10 strategies for making healthy travel easier!
“Staying healthy while traveling is so hard!”
As a holistic health coach, digital nomad, and world traveler, this is a statement I hear often. And for good reason! Being removed from the sanctuary of your carefully crafted wellness routine and thrust into an unfamiliar environment is intimidating!
When traveling – for either work or pleasure – you’re ripped from the comfort of your perfectly curated paleo-friendly kitchen, stocked with all the paleo foods you rely on to make your nutritional success inevitable. You’re disconnected from the automatic routine of your daily Crossfit or yoga class led by your favorite instructor. You’re pulled from your intentionally structured schedule that makes time for daily meditation, stretching, or self care.
Travel is one giant wrecking ball of unknown that can swiftly demolish the healthy lifestyle you’ve created. It’s no wonder staying healthy on the road seems impossible.
But consider this: healthy travel is simply an extension of your already healthy lifestyle!
That means, you’ve already done the hard work. You know what food energizes you and makes your gut happy. You know what types of movement make your body feel strong and capable. And you know what you need to feel grounded and whole. You’ve already invested so much time and effort into overhauling your body and soul, its become a habit, something that’s automatic.
Since you already know what you need to be your best self, you just need to alleviate the unknowns of travel so you can keep doing what you do best! So here are 10 simple strategies you can use to bust through the roadblocks and clear your path to make eating and living clean while traveling as effortless as your day-to-day wellness!
1. DO THE RESEARCH
At home, you have your fully outfitted kitchen, your favorite paleo-friendly restaurants, and your gym membership. When traveling, this wellness infrastructure is a giant unknown, so set yourself up for success by taking a few minutes to find out the answers to these questions:
• What type of kitchen equipment is available at your Airbnb, hotel, or hostel?
• Is there a gym or any gym equipment available at your lodging?
• Are there any paleo-friendly, farm-to-table, or natural foods stores or restaurants nearby?
A quick search on Google or Yelp can answers these questions in a matter of minutes and the answers to these questions will help you establish what is and isn’t possible based on what you already do to stay healthy! For example, if you only have access to a hotel mini fridge and microwave, you may have to get more creative with your cooking. Or if you don’t have access to a gym equipment like you normally do, perhaps you’ll have to come prepared with a few bodyweight workouts. Regardless, you’ll know what situation you’re walking into and you’ll be able to take the appropriate steps to prepare!