I became an expert at traveling in 2018. After over 20 different trips to the airport, I guess you could say I mastered the whole “Staying on Track While Traveling” thing. You see, 2018 was also the year I got married, so regardless of the travel I was doing, I needed to make sure I still fit into my wedding dress!
How come when we travel a little voice inside our head comes out and whispers “Enjoy yourself, you deserve it”. While yes, we all do deserve a break every now and then, and you should enjoy yourself, there is no reason to completely fall off track. You can still have fun and enjoy tasty foods without ruining any progress you’ve made. It’s all about moderation, dedication, and making smart choices!
Now, let me help you enjoy your travel without losing site of your goals and getting off track! If you follow these six tips below, I can promise you, you’ll get back from your trip feeling refreshed and ready to tackle life!
6 Tips to Stay on Track While Traveling
1. Get Moving!
I realize you may not always have the luxury of staying at a hotel, an Airbnb, or a friend’s house where there is a gym nearby, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be active. Some type of movement is better than none, even if it’s going on a 10 minute walk each morning before everyone else wakes up, or doing a quick workout in your room. You don’t need fancy equipment or a big gym to fit in a workout. Never underestimate the power of bodyweight movements like pushups, air squats, jumping jacks, and burpees. Try doing eight straight minutes of burpees and you’ll find out for yourself ;).
2. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
If you flew, you’re most likely dehydrated because of the lack of water you drank on the plane. Trust me, I get it, using the tiny bathroom on an airplane isn’t what you would call a luxury. You also will likely be eating some foods you’re not used to, so to prevent digestive issues or bloating, drink your water! I recommend at least .5 oz per one pound of body weight.
3. Pack some snacks (high protein snacks)!
If you bring your own snacks with you, that will a.) Prevent you from digging into the M&M’s in the mini bar at the hotel, and b.) Keep you fuller longer than, say the little bag of pretzels from the airplane. Some of my favorite, easy to travel with snacks are; turkey jerky, Level-1 Protein Bars, tuna packets, hard boiled eggs, nuts (be careful on the serving size of these!), bananas, apples, Better Oats 100 calorie oatmeal packets, rice cakes, and any dried fruit.
4. Get those zzz’s!
Sleeping in a hotel bed isn’t always the easiest for some people, but getting enough sleep is super important while you’re away! This will allow you to be well rested and charged up for all the activities you have planned. Turn off the TV, put your phone on do not disturb, grab a book and read a few pages to help you calm down and relax.
5. Make smart choices!
When going out for dinner at restaurants, you can usually get a whole protein source and veggies or a salad pretty easily!
- Ask for steamed vegetables so they don’t pile on tons of butter or oil. If you order a salad, ask for dressing on the side, as dressing can add upwards of 400 calories to what you thought was a healthy meal. If you’re going to drink alcohol, stay away from the high sugary drinks and opt for a Vodka Soda with a lime! This can also save calories.
6. Don’t STRESS!
Take a chill pill, relax, have fun, and don’t worry about not being on your normal routine. Stressing about it can cause you to not sleep at night, crave foods, and splurge on things you don’t need. Take some time away from life’s stressors, make memories, and enjoy yourself!
Until next time.
Peace & Love,