travelling good for the soul


If you travel for large parts of the year, it may be difficult to follow the healthy lifestyle you took for granted in your non-travelling life. It’s not always possible to eat home-cooked meals, for example. You’re not always able to take advantage of the gym. And of course, there are lots of temptations along the way. So, how do you take care of your health when you’re travelling?

  1. Some organisation will be necessary. Especially if you require prescription items from your doctor or optician. Check with your healthcare provider before you leave.  Work out what medical services will be available to you in your destination country.


  1. Make sure you have adequate travel insurance and that this covers any pre-existing conditions you may have.


  1. Look after your glasses and lenses in the same way you would at home. Make sure you have spare pairs and cleaning solution.  Cosmetic lenses also need to be looked after. Putting dirty lenses into your eye could cause infections.


  1. When travelling you don’t always have the option to enjoy a healthy, home-cooked meal. Therefore, a significant amount of the food you consume will be prepared by someone else. Try to look for healthy options where possible. Because it feels as though you’re on holiday there may be the urge to eat like you would on a two-week break. Though the odd treat here or there is fine, try to limit this.


Where possible, ask the restaurant to made slight adjustments if necessary. For example, if a meat or dish comes with a heavy sauce, ask if you can order it without.


Keep an eye on your portion sizes. Just because you’re served a large plate of food, doesn’t mean that you have to eat it all. Ask if you can take some of it home with you.

  1. Because you’re away from home there’s a temptation to behave as though you’re on a permanent holiday. In a way you are. However, try to view your health as you would at home. Moderation is key. Limit your alcohol intake and have periods where you don’t drink at all.


  1. Get enough exercise. If you’re travelling, the chances are that you will be doing a lot of walking, which is great. If you’re used to working out or carrying out more high impact exercise, then look for opportunities to fit this in. Opt for exercise that can be done anywhere. Running is an exercise that is fairly easy to do, depending on the weather and terrain. Look for ways to work out that don’t require dedicated equipment. Yoga is also not location-dependent.


  1. As well as exercising your body, factor your mind into the equation. If you’re enjoying your travelling you may already be part way there. Experiencing new places and undergoing new experiences is a great way to expand your mind and general wellbeing. But, as in any situation, there can be stresses also. Make sure you look after your mental wellbeing as well as your body.


  1. Make sure you get enough sleep. When you’re travelling there is a temptation to experience every single moment and to make the most of your time. This is fine of course but make sure you get enough sleep. This will prepare you for your next day of adventure.


Travelling is a wonderful way to leave what is familiar and to experience everything the world has to offer. It offers adventure, access to new people and an introduction to new cultures. Make the most of this amazing opportunity by taking care of your health.

About The Author


I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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