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Travel Tips for a Healthy Holiday

  • December 21, 2017
  • By Nick Vincent
Travel Tips for a Healthy Holiday

It’s easy to end up splurging when you are on holiday. You are already spending a lot of money to go to new places, so why not spend a bit more? That seems to be how most people go about it, but if you want a healthier holiday, then we have a few tips for you.

Plan Your Meals Ahead

If you don’t know where you are going to eat from day to day, then it’s a pretty good assumption that you will eat at wherever appeals to your visual senses or at places whose scents grab your attention. It’s often greasy, fried foods that are served there, and that can lead to a very unhealthy holiday. If you plan out your meals and decide to eat healthy for each day of your holiday, then you can keep your calorie counts in check and ensure you are eating right.

Another bit of advice is to watch what you drink. You may be tempted to have a glass of water out of the tap, but this is definitely not recommended as each country has different water treatment rules. Drinking untreated water could lead to something minor such as an upset tummy (sickness & diarrhoea) or worse, and no one wants to sit on the toilet during their travels. The easiest way to get around this is to drink bottled water whilst on holiday. Buy a brand you recognise or one that locals use.


Have an Active Holiday

You should also plan to be out and about for your holiday. It’s tempting, of course, to want to stay in bed all day, especial when that bed is a lavish hotel one, but that’s no way to have a healthy holiday. Plan activities for each day and then try to walk to as many places as you can. The more active you are, the more energy you will have for the rest of the holiday. If you sleep late and just sit the entire time, you will feel lethargic and sleepy.

Don’t Keep Snacking

One mistake many of us make when on holiday is that we eat every time we have an opportunity. We see strange and alluring foods that we want to try and are tempted by them at every turn. You need to do whatever it takes to avoid those temptations and try to stick to your meal plan. You can splurge here and there and have some fun with your meal choices, but try to cut the snacking down to a minimum.

Check for Diseases and Viruses in the Area

You should know what kind of place you will be going into and what kind of problems you will be facing when you get there. Look at the travel information for that country on the tourism site hosted by that country’s government. If you are taking your holiday locally, then look at local health reports to find out what you need to prepare for.

You may be going into an area where there are malaria outbreaks, where flu season is just hitting or where allergies are in full swing. Whatever the case, you need not be properly prepared with medication on hand to take care of any illness you encounter and with all your vaccinations up to date. Some countries require that travellers get vaccinated before they leave to certain countries or come back from those countries. This helps prevent the spread of disease and keeps you from catching something nasty.

Get a Check-Up

Check with your doctor about any health problems you need to watch out for when travelling. Have a physical examination done and find out if you need to address any medical issues before you head out. Don’t just assume that everything is fine because you are not feeling any symptoms. You can’t be too safe when travelling, and you need to know what kind of things to avoid and what medical conditions you may have to deal with as you travel. That way, you can be properly prepared and enjoy your holiday even more.

By Nick Vincent, December 21, 2017