As the colourful brilliance of Autumn’s symphony is transformed into a white winter wonderland, we can be left with a yearning for the warmth of sun on our skin or a feeling of restless unease at being locked indoors. For many, this ignites a desire to travel; to jet away to a favorite destination or book a few nights at a local getaway. But before we invariably opt for the same location as last year, let’s explore the reasons behind our travel tendencies and discover whether, this season, we should escape from our comfort zone and try something new. Take a moment now to ask yourself the following:
If you answered yes to any of these questions (be honest!), consider a new destination or type of travel this holiday season. To pull from my own experiences, maybe try a road trip to Tuktoyaktuk or Zion National Park, hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, or sit with the monkeys in Kathmandu. Ok, maybe my travel escapades are a bit extreme for a winter getaway, but you get the idea. Try something that you have never tried before!
To make your adventure a memorable (and positive) experience, it is vital that your healthy lifestyle choices are brought along for the ride. In order to do this, preparation is key. So, once you’ve chosen a destination and method of travel, formulate how you will stay healthy while travelling by making a list of your daily healthy habits and noting triggers that undermine them or cause you stress. For example, my daily routine includes drinking 2-3 litres of water, eating a vegetarian diet, and practicing yoga. My triggers include loud/crowded places, headaches brought on by shoulder/neck pain and stress, and spending too much time focused on helping others.
Once you’ve made your list, brainstorm ways to counteract your triggers and overcome obstacles to maintaining your daily routine. For example:
Once you’ve thoroughly prepared, packed, and set off on your journey, stay healthy while travelling by incorporating the following:
There are many ways to stay healthy while travelling, but ultimately preparation and awareness are paramount. Have a plan, then be as flexible as possible, remembering above all else to notice what’s going on in your body and be kind to yourself. Happy holiday adventures!
Written by: Zoë Tomichich
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