Traveling the world is everyone’s dream, but sadly for the majority of us, work and family tend to get in the way. It is for this reason that the most common time to spread our wings and visit the four corners of the globe is after university before we settle down into our careers. This period in our lives is often carefree and we feel as if we can rule the world, however, traveling can have a detrimental effect on our bodies if we do not look after them in the right way.
There are countless stories of people coming back from a year’s travel looking emaciated and sick because they haven’t looked after themselves correctly. Here we are going to take a look at how to stay healthy when you are traveling so that you return in one piece ready to get back to your normal lives.
In our home lives, we are often extremely active and take part in many sports or other types of physical exercise, so why wouldn’t we do the same when we are going traveling? At the very least you can take a pair of trainers with you and then you can explore each location by going for a short run or a jog to keep fit. Maybe running isn’t your thing, and if so, you still have a pair of legs so get out there and explore by walking. Instead of taking a cab from the station to your hostel, walk, as you will soon discover a new side to the city that you wouldn’t have seen if you were cooped up in a car. Furthermore, you will save yourself some money that could have been far better spent visiting some historic sites, or paying for another flight.
Eating unhealthily is one of the biggest health issues for travelers as it can often be very difficult to cook yourself, and the temptation to live off cheap fast food is too great. Everyone knows the drawback of having poor nutrition so it is worth seeking advice on using the right supplements before you head off on your travels so that you can be armed with pills and vitamins that can help to combat your unhealthy lifestyle. This is especially important if you are vegetarian or vegan as it is difficult to get the nutrients that you indeed in your diet at the best of times, let alone when you are having fun traveling the world.
Cut Down on Alcohol
The traveling lifestyle can be extremely hectic and pretty crazy at times as the temptation is to go out and party at every available opportunity, which is often most nights! However, as you can imagine drinking into the small hours every day is not going to do anything positive for your health. As difficult as it might be, it is really important to take 2-3 days off drinking every week in order for your body to recover. No one likes a hangover, especially when they have a hard day traveling to follow, so make sure you do everything in moderation and then you’ll find you have a much better time and even more money in your wallet!
Practice Safe Sex
It is fair to say that many people have their first sexual awakening when they go traveling as suddenly they are free from their parents and societal pressures back at home. Coupled with the liberal amount of drinking that goes on means that people often hook up with each other with little regard for practicing safe sex. Hostels can be a hotbed of sexually transmitted diseases and the last thing you want is to get home needing an urgent visit to the GUM clinic. No one is suggesting you don’t have sex, just make sure that you practice it safely and then you can continue your trip without having an itch in your pants.
As we have discovered it is extremely important to stay healthy when you go traveling otherwise you will not enjoy your time away as much as you should. Make sure that you exercise as much as possible, and try and hunt out healthy places to eat rather than relying on fast-food restaurants. Take supplements with you so that you know you have the right vitamin intake and try not to drink alcohol every day. 2-3 days off per week allows the body and the mind to recharge. Always practice safe sex, and if you think you might have caught something visit a clinic as soon as possible. If you follow this guide, then you will have a whale of a time that will never be forgotten!