Summer is at full swing! Some of you are just about to leave to well-deserved vacation. Lucky you!
When traveling, staying healthy and fit often becomes an issue.
As an avid world traveler and foodie, here are my top 3 tips to minimize health issues when traveling:
1. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and walk as much as possible. By exploring (even commuting to and from "work") the city by foot, you can feel the city, know what’s going on, and keep fit without going to the gym or building in something "special". A lot of people in Asia and Europe stay fit just by walking a lot, and not by "exercising" per se.
2. We tend to overeat when we travel… all these unique foods looks great, don’t they? So when going to restaurants, order a variety of dishes and share with others. That way you can try a larger variety of foods and flavors and eat smaller amounts of each dish – resulting in better balance, higher satisfaction and lower calories. Make sure to include lots of varieties – especially salads and vegetable dishes – not all meat! In a country like France where they have a great "Plat du Jour", resist the urge to order one per person. Order one, split the appetizer and dessert, and order one extra main (or appetizer) from the regular menu. Then you can pick anything you want, without overeating. (In case of over-indulgence both food and alcohol, Alka Seltzer works well. Take one dosage immediately after you realized your over-indulgence, and another in the morning, if you still do not feel better.)
3. For lunch and special events… Buy a variety of local produce and tasty tidbits at local markets (if farmer’s markets are not open, supermarkets are a good alternative too.) By not eating at a restaurant you can save time, money and your figure… This is also a great opportunity to give a needed rest to your stomach and mind, enjoy good weather with locals at the park, concert, etc. You will have a better sense of place: how locals live and eat, how much things cost, etc.
Bonus tip: If possible, rent an apartment and cook by yourself from time to time. Get a cookbook of local cuisine, and take advantage of the local markets. This will definitely enhance your travel experience and keep more money in your wallet – with the bonus benefit of keeping off those extra pounds. Even if you just make yourself breakfast everyday, it’ll save a ton of money, and you can make friends at the bakery! The best part is that you can re-create and enjoy your tasty memory once you come home — over and over!
By following these simple suggestions, you can maximize your travel experience, stay physically healthy and fit, and maintain mental and financial well-being.