Whilst on our recent trip to beautiful NZ I wrote about how to be healthy whilst travelling by plane. Now we are back, I also wanted to share some tips on how to eat well and stay healthy once you reach your destination.
Although it’s slightly more challenging to follow a healthy diet whilst away, it’s definitely possible. It just requires a little more planning…ok and willpower, if hot chips are your weakness like me! If you follow a particular approach to eating at home I think it’s worth the research to ensure you feel well on your holiday and can enjoy the time away, rather than feeling unwell.
This was especially true for us, having two girls under two and a half with us means dietary changes can lead to more tantrums, tears and less sleep for everybody! Not ideal on a holiday.
So how on earth do you prepare in this manner for a holiday? Let me tell you how I did it!
How to stay healthy when travelling:
- Before you travel:
- Search online for health bloggers in the region you are travelling to. Have a look around their blogs for tips and contact them to ask for advice. They would love to help! Some lovely bloggers who helped me out on our NZ trip were: Eat Well NZ, Hope Nutrition and Paleo Kiwi.
- Search online for healthy places to eat or buy food in your destination. It was doing this that led me to find the awesome Organic Explorer site and handbook (so handy if you’re travelling to NZ and concerned about organics, sustainable travel and other goodness).
- Try a directory like Zomato, where you can search for “healthy food” and it will show you suitable options in your area. Download the app if you will have wifi access to make your life even easier!
- Accommodation: if you can travel by campervan or stay in a self contained apartment, then you can prepare your own food (at least some of the time – we all need a break from the kitchen right?!).
- Upon arriving: head to a local store and purchase some healthy snacks (if you can find some!). Don’t be afraid to ask locals for their tips on where to shop.
- General Tips and Tricks once you’re on the ground:
- Start the day with a large, filling breakfast. You will be less likely to be starving by mid morning and buy something unhealthy!
- When venturing out, take your snacks. This will save you having to buy something you see out (and save you money too!).
- Limit drinks such as juice and soft drinks. Take a stainless steel water bottle with you and fill it up each morning so you drink plenty of water instead.
- When eating out, avoid salads with heavy dressing, and forget the tomato sauce – both laden with hidden sugars.
- One for me – eat hot chips sparingly! But enjoy it when you do.
- For general wellness, try and walk when you can instead of driving or using public transport. This gives you a chance to explore the area too!
- Try and stick to any “rituals” you have at home – be it a quick morning stretch or some breathing exercises. Maybe even start some!
I hope these tips provide you with some inspiration to stay healthy whilst on your next holiday. But don’t worry – I’m sure the majority of people eat differently on holiday than when at home. I don’t think this is a bad thing (well as long as you don’t have any allergies of course!), as long as you don’t go overboard and regret it.
Most of all don’t forget to relax and enjoy yourself – and allow some hot chips to sneak in, if you want!
Do you worry about your health when you’re on holidays? Or do you give yourself a leave pass?
If you do – what are your tips?
If you would like more travel tips, please see my post on eating well whilst flying and my travelling with kids in a campervan guest post!
Please note this blog post is an entry into the Virgin Australia Top Travel Tips competition with Problogger.
Welcome to…Wellness Wednesday!!!
It’s also time for another Wellness Wednesday! Every Wednesday, myself and the lovely Dr Sash over at From The Left Field open a link up and we’d love to see your wellness posts! Anything from clean eating, to fitness, to taking care of your body, taking care of your mind, taking care of the kids, whatever makes you feel good and keeps you well. Simply post your fave wellness post for the week. Sound good? Come join us! x