Five tips for healthy traveling

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I just returned from a whirlwind work trip to Connecticut. I had never been there, so even though it was quick, it was fun to at least see part of the state.

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We had a lovely dinner at Cava, a cute Italian restaurant in Southington. When we were seated at our table, the decor of the room literally took my breath away. Throughout the restaurant, they used 40,000 Christmas lights total. Everything was just gorgeous.IMG_0316

I used to approach traveling quite differently than I do today. When I was younger, and traveled less, I’d take the opportunity to eat fast food (which my family didn’t eat a lot of) if we were in airports and fast food or gas station “treats” if it was a road trip. While I do still enjoy some Sour Patch Kids every once in awhile, I obviously feel so much better when I don’t go so overboard. So here are just a few things that I try and make sure to do while traveling:

Tips to healthy traveling

Skip the tram – I do my best to allow time at the airport to walk where I need to go, if possible, instead of taking a tram between terminals or concourses.

Order smart – not any different than when I’m not traveling, just something I have to remind myself. Watching portion sizes and asking for sauces and dressing on the side can help.

Hydrate – traveling always dehydrates me so I try to stay on top of my water intake. I’ve started bringing a water bottle with me on trips (empty, of course, to get through security) and if you’re flying, a lot of airports have water bottle filling stations now.

Snack smart – depedning on your travel schedule, it can often be difficult to get in a meal while traveling. And then, once you can finally eat, (if you’re like me) you’re starving and might not make the best decisions. I find that if I can make smart snacking decisions, I’ll make better meal decisions as well. Some of my favorites include: trail mix, Kind bars, dried fruit, almonds, and so on. And if I’m really on top of my game, I’ll pack this stuff and bring it with so I don’t have to pay so much for it at the airport.

Do a little research – before I go on any trip, I try and figure out how I’m going to get my workout on. The first (and easiest) option is if the hotel has a gym. Sometimes this is a deciding factor for me if I’m going to stay at that particular hotel or not. Other times, I don’t have a choice in a hotel so I will then look at option two: running outside! Even if the hotel has a gym, running outside is a great way to see a new place from a cool perspective. And a lot of hotels are now offering running/walking maps or of course, there’s the running concierge program that Westin Hotels have started. But safety first! If these aren’t options, working out in your room (if the hotel has DVD players, you could bring a home workout DVD along) or seeing if there’s a local gym or studio to take a class. And sometimes hotels have deals with local gyms and have free passes for their guests.

With all of that said, my favorite thing to do when I am in a new city is to check out their food scene. And since I’m traveling so healthy, I make sure to take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves. Example from my Connecticut trip (sadly, I was too full to partake in dessert, but normally I’d be all over that!):

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What’s your #1 tip for healthy traveling?

Author: hyedi

A 20-something on a journey to live a healthy, balanced life.

10 Comments

  1. Not only did you visit my state (holla) but you went to a restaurant I’ve never heard of/beene to. I am so going to check out the menu! One of my coworkers lives in Southington and I wonder if he has been to Cava. I love the name that’s for sure.
    My number one trip is getting in a sweat session. I love to wake up while on vacation and work out first thing. Then the rest of the day I’m ready to sit on my butt all day and eat and drink haha.

    • I can’t wait for you to try it! The food was delicious — I wouldn’t say it knocked my socks off, but the atmosphere and service made it really special. And I agree re: your tip! Glad I got in a spin class before I left on Tuesday and started the day off with a run on Wednesday! Made all the difference.

  2. That restaurant looks magical! The lights! My number one travel tip: pack healthy snacks in case dining options are bad. I almost always have bring apples, an avocado or two, larabars and dark chocolate; they’ve been lifesavers in the middle Wyoming :)

    Hope you had a great trip!

  3. What a pretty and enchanting decor! I agree with all your tips; while I don’t normally travel for work, I had a last minute two day seminar last week where I was forced to implement pretty much everything you said. I ran around the outside walks of Glasgow Airport (our seminar was at one of the hotels there), I did a workout in my room, I drank plenty of water, and took along some healthy snacks.

    My tip would be to try to stick to your eating routine as much as possible: being away from home for a day or two is not necessarily a reason to indulge yourself. Make the same meal choices away as you do at home, if that’s possible and within reason. You don’t have to eat all the treats that seminars provide you with, and you’ll feel more energised and better about yourself for sticking to it :)

    • Great tip! And so true. In the moment, it feels like I want to take advantage of eating all of the goodies I don’t normally keep around, but then I regret it later.

  4. Wow, those lights are gorgeous! Healthy travelling really is quite the challenge and you’re got some great tips here! Ordering smart is definitely the way to go, I always scan the menus for the healthier options first. :) As for working out, I prefer to do quick equipment free circuit workouts in my hotel room, which is so much easier to squeeze in between all the sightseeing and fun, at least it is for me.

    Happy Holidays Hyedi!

  5. Agreed the tram is last resort! Along with what you said I always try and make healthy muffins and/or granola bars and fruit. I didn’t know until recently you can have fruit or other food in carry on.

    Those lights are beautiful!

    • Great tips! I’ve actually come across some healthy muffin recipes recently and have been meaning to try them. Traveling would be a good excuse to make a batch!

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