10 Expert Tips For Staying Healthy While TravelingPosted on Dec 22, 2011 | 5 comments
By this time next year we will be traveling the world. I kinda can't get over that idea, but it's happening.
One of my concerns as a traveler has always been health. Getting sick on the road just kills your travels. I don't want my back going out while camping or the kids getting the cramps in Mexico. I want to be healthy, energetic, and comfortable. So even though we are months away from setting off for a life of travel, we might as well start getting healthy now. I'm going to get in shape, eat better, and be as good as I can be by the time we get rolling. And once we start traveling, I am going to pay close attention to the experts. People who have traveled and been sick on the road. I want to know how they suggest we stay healthy. So I did some research, gathered some advice, and here you go.
10 Tips For Staying Healthy On The Road
Long-term travelers don't sleep enough. We all know this. You're either meeting up with friends, on an overnight somewhere, or you're just excited about what tomorrow might bring. But sleep is huge. 8 Hours. 8 Hours! I know that's "impossible", but I want health, and I'll get my sleep. It's the freest form of energy out there.
Now Nancy at Family On Bikes recommended this one. It's kind of common sense, but you and I both know that travel brings on the temptations and the pounds. Take it easy. With health it's not so much what you eat, as what you don't eat.
For me, walking and travel are the perfect match. You miss stuff from a bus. You can't stop when you see something cool. Walking is free, healthy, and allows you to soak up the culture. And isn't that why you're traveling anyway?
I'm dead on this one, but the crew at Discover. Share. Inspire. suggests local fruits and veggies and very little processed sugar. I think most of us know by now that processed sugar creates a train wreck long-term, but it is especially important when traveling with kids. The ups and downs of daily sugar highs do not pair well with a traveling 4 year old.
Nathan and Sofia from As We Travel have been doing this for years, so why can't I? I don't like it, but it's good for me and I should do it. Camping and trains can do a number on lower back and I need to be able to walk to travel. Got to stay strong. Use the free gym, get outside, join the locals, explore the city, and do some push ups while you're at it.
It's always a debate, but you're probably going to think about getting vaccinated if you're going to be traveling a bit off the beaten path. Amy Page of Livin' on The Road wrote a great article at Vagabondfamily.org on immunizations. This is a great place to start if you're thinking of getting vaccinated or just want some more information on the subject.
Theodora at Travels with a Nine Year Old suggests that we "Don’t eat anything cold that’s meant to be hot, or anything hot that’s meant to be cold." That makes sense. And if a place is hopping and everyone recommends it, it's probably fine.
Actually this was my tip, but my friend Clark at Family Trek agreed it's a good one and he uses it on his family road trips. Kids love fruit, and it's readily available on the cheap throughout most of the world. A great way to stay healthy and cut costs.
The only trick here is making sure your water is safe, because you sure don't want to find out it wasn't! Drink bottled water if you're worried. And stay hydrated. Good water makes everything better. You'll be more alert, energetic, and you'll have less hangovers.
10. Ask The Locals
People are good. And most people love to play tour guide. Ask people where the good food, water, and doctors are. Working with people is the best way to make sure you stay healthy while traveling.
Staying healthy while traveling is essential to long-term traveling success and commiting to getting and staying healthy is Step 4 in our Escape Guide. We are detailing our plans and preparations over the next 52 weeks as we set out to travel the world forever.
Stay Healthy and Happy Travels!