Okay, that is a good question. How do I manage to take care of myself and stay healthy while on the road patiently taking pictures and gain experiences to blog? Do I still take a rest? Hmm. Off course yes. People don’t have any idea how hard it is sometimes to be on the road, skipping my meals, and sleepless nights just to let my readers updated through my blogging.
I mean healthy not to be thin or have a six pack abs ( I wish I have those!)encouraging you to go to a gym. That’s not the definition of healthy.
But who doesn’t like to be healthy? To stay fit is a self-responsibility that I need to remember. I had a history of stomach ulcer when I was young so I make sure that I don’t skip my meal while traveling.
So how do I stay healthy?
While traveling to Saudi Arabia, where the temperature is high as I couldn’t imagine, my only savior that time was water. I always have water in my backpack. When I need it most, then I drink it while on the road.
But I am not going to discuss what type of foods you need to eat or do a strict diet. It only takes basic routine to stay healthy while traveling the world.
1. #YOLO: Eat healthy foods and live your life like there is no tomorrow
You Only Live Once (YOLO) and there is no second chance on this earth. Remember, we may not know what danger is waiting for us for a road trip or a long car journey. Eat right common foods that can be found whatever country you are in.
A note to remember:
- Eat fruits and vegetables- these are the foods we need forever
- Minimize junk foods
- Never miss any meal. Take slight snacks while on the road, eat healthy on your next meal if you can’t complete it
- You are what you eat. You need to balance your eating by not trying to overindulge
- Stay away from carbonated drinks and liquors. This is one of the things travelers should hamper to stay healthy
- Take a rest whenever you have the opportunity
While the above notes might too much to remember, it is easy to do as long as you value your health.
2. Stay mentally active and positive
I know that life sometimes isn’t fair but we need to persevere anyway. If you know what you want and when you want then you are mentally strong. It will take us the courage to swim upstream when everyone else is going with the same flow.
Clear your mind and attach yourself from nature. Travel makes you a better person.
Divert your mind into travel activities or get involve with the community by helping social services We may have personal problems sometimes that can’t be handled by you alone. We need sometime other than ourselves. When I had a personal problem , I met a lot of new friends who are travel bloggers too while traveling the Middle East. I was able to learn their stories too so that helps me a lot. Converting your bad experience to a positive thing will require time but it can also save you from depression.
3. Personalized exercise and take advantage of some options
Hiking. This is what I love. I travel a lot of places and I can’t stop it. Hiking is one of my favorite yet easy to do. You can do hiking while taking pictures and doing a video blog about your target destination. That sounds cool!
Walk and run. Walking while looking for a hotel to stay? Run while trying to get in on the train? or perhaps doing both of them. That’s why this two everyday routine is so easy!
Indoor exercise. Whenever I need to book a hotel, one amenities I need to consider is the gym. I don’t do regular workout but I am taking advantage of the services that I paid.
4. Take vitamins and basic medicines
What’s that again? The reality is we are just lazy to take these and we most prioritize our cameras and travel stuff but vitamins? I know you are not a baby and you don’t need a stroller to have them. Travelers are travelers and who are likely to get infected by viruses when we are traveling different countries. I suggest to bring multivitamins with you and it doesn’t give you a heavy weight to put on your backpack. I know the feeling of bringing these but it can be helpful.
Note: I ain’t no doctor or affiliated with any medical representative, you may check your physician to know the right medicine for you
5. Consider a long-term healthy lifestyle
Now you all have the information above on how to stay healthy when traveling. That is cool. This is the right thing to do to sustain your long-term travel without appointing doctors every time. Do you want to travel the world, huh? Then keep your doctor away. Will an apple a day keep the doctor away? The only thing to keep your doctor away is to have a long-term healthy lifestyle. It may not be a perfect health but having a healthy living will prevent you from any health issues.
As one of the most recognizable expressions around : prevention is better than cure.
I might sound like a guru now, but with all of these tips it can only achieve by two words:
Do you know any tips on how to stay healthy? Share your thoughts below.