Healthy Habits When Traveling
Having healthy habits when traveling will, well, keep you healthy. In this post, I share my personal healthy habits that I use when traveling.
They are habits, not rules. Being ultra strict sucks the fun out of traveling, and life. But getting sick can ruin your whole experience. I’ve found that adopting a few healthy habits while traveling is a good compromise.
The majority of the information in this post is from the book “Daily Health and Fitness” by Sam Fury.
Health Habits in General
First I want to give a quick summary of my non-traveling health habits. It makes for a good comparison.
Here is a typical day in regards to my health habits:
- Wake up. Drink 500 – 1000ml fresh water.
- Daily health and fitness routine (10 x super-burpees, 10 x pull-ups, self-defense drills, 15min yoga, 15min meditation). ~45 minutes.
- Herbal tea.
- ~1:00pm. Fruit juice with kefir.
- ~2pm. Lunch.
- ~4-6pm. Snack if needed.
- ~7-9pm. Dinner.
Other notable habits
- I’m 90+% vegetarian (I cook vegetarian but if someone gives me meat I’ll eat it).
- My first meal of each day isn’t until 1:00 pm (intermittent fasting). Before then I drink ginger and lemon tea. If I get hungry I have 1 Tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. Sometime I also have 1Tb of coconut oil.
- In regards to meals, I follow the Survival Fitness Plan nutrition guidelines.
- My drink of choice is water or herbal tea. I rarely drink soft drinks or alcohol.
- I don’t do drugs or smoke.
- I do something outdoors at least once a day.
Healthy Habits When Traveling
When I’m traveling I love trying new foods. This means my vegetarianism goes out the window.
I try to stick to everything else as close as possible, if practical.
- I still do intermittent fasting as normal.
- Lots of water.
- I usually switch to eating fruit instead of juices.
- Making kefir is impractical so I switch to plain greeek yoghurt and other fermented foods, such as kim chi.
I used to eat in the cheap local places, but I guess my stomach is getting weaker with age. I still like the local restaurants, but I’m a bit more careful with hygiene these days.
If I’m sticking around a while I will hunt down accommodation where I can cook.
Top Three Tips for Avoiding Travelers Diarrhea:
- ALWAYS WASH YOUR HANDS and/or use hand sanitizer when you deem necessary. Especially before eating, after using the bathroom, and after touching animals.
- Eat fresh. If it is not cooked while you wait, avoid it. Especially “street food”. Supermarket stuff and western standard restaurants are usually fine.
- Don’t drink untreated water. This includes washing fruit, brushing your teeth, etc.
My morning routine does not change. Super-burpees, pull-ups, self-defense drills, yoga, and meditation. Every morning, without fail (almost). If I can’t do it in the morning (usually because I’m in transport) then I do it when I arrive at my accommodation.
Also, I walk a lot. If something is under 4km I will usually walk it. Walking at least 10km a day is normal when I’m sightseeing.
Also, I enjoy outdoor activities when traveling, (e.g., snorkeling, bike riding, hiking, etc).
What healthy habits do you have when traveling? Share your thoughts in the comments.