7 Ways to Stay Healthy While Traveling

7 Ways to Stay Healthy While Traveling | Jennifer Diaz

The past few weeks have been the beginning of a season of travel for many people (myself included). I've been getting a lot of questions on the topic of how to stay healthy, and continue to make progress, while on vacation. I love to travel, but unfortunately, maintaining our healthy habits can be even more challenging when we're out of our usual routine. Personally, I view my vacation as a time to reset and find balance. There's no work, little responsibility, and more free time than usual. I always plan to enjoy myself in a way that allows me to truly feel rested and full of energy once I return home.

Whether you're heading somewhere on vacation or have a work conference coming up, below are 7 ways that will help you feel your best while also enjoying yourself. I believe that how you begin your morning has a major impact on the remainder of the entire day. The majority of these tips can be done first thing in the morning, when willpower is at it's strongest! After all, who wants to go on a vacation with a ton of structured rules?

1. Get Plenty of Sleep

Being away from home, especially if you're in a different time zone, can really take it's toll on you mentally and physically. While vacations are meant to be a designated time for much-needed R&R, it may take a little more intention on your part to make sure you're getting plenty of rest. I love sleep and can always tell a major difference in how I feel when I'm getting enough versus when I don't. Rest is incredibly important. In fact, it's most beneficial if we can go to sleep and wake up around the same time each day. While that may not always be possible, I usually try to make sure I set my alarm to a time that allows me to get a full 8 hours of sleep when I'm on vacation. If the time difference is extreme, listen to your body. If you feel tired, take a nap. If you're having a hard time falling asleep, don't force it. Instead, do something relaxing like reading, meditating, or taking a bath. Even as much as I love the idea of sleeping in, I always feel much more energized when I stay in a routine!

2. Wake Up & Drink Water

We get dehydrated while we sleep. So, upon waking, drink a large glass of water (at least 16 oz for those of you who like specifics). Doing this first thing in the morning is great way to rev up your metabolism, flush out toxins, and get yourself mentally ready for the day! It can also help prevent you from overeating later in the day, as sometimes we confuse the feeling of thirst with hunger. Also, you haven't even been up for 5 minutes and you've already made one healthy decision for yourself (insert high five)!

3. Get Moving

One of my favorite ways to begin the day is to get my workout over with first thing.  Walk the local boardwalk, hike an adventurous trail, take a stroll on the beach, or bike to breakfast (I recently fell in love with biking while at the beach, so I highly recommend this!). If you're in a place that has beautiful scenery, take advantage of it and exercise outdoors! Starting your day with exercise will help you feel amazing, better handle stress, and relax mentally and physically for the remainder of your day .

South Beach, Miami Boardwalk | 7 Ways to Stay Healthy While Traveling | Jennifer Diaz

South Beach, Miami Boardwalk | 7 Ways to Stay Healthy While Traveling | Jennifer Diaz

4. Eat a Healthy Breakfast

Breakfast is incredibly important. While it's great to give your body a lot of necessary nutrients first meal of the day, it can also have a positive impact on your mentality. By eating a healthy, filling, and nutrient-dense breakfast, you'll avoid a common, self-sabotaging cycle. You'll feel proud of the food choices you made, have plenty of energy, and have peace of mind in case you want to indulge a little later that day! Don't get me wrong. I love waffles, donuts, etc., and will occasionally indulge, but I'll also make sure I have a green smoothie or juice along with it. One of my favorite ways to do this is by splitting things with someone. That way, I can have a taste of whatever I may be craving, while also getting in nutritious foods that I know will benefit me.

Brunch at  DIRT  in South Beach, Miami | 7 Ways to Stay Healthy While Traveling | Jennifer Diaz

Brunch at DIRT in South Beach, Miami | 7 Ways to Stay Healthy While Traveling | Jennifer Diaz

5. Plan a Fun Physical Activity

One way you can be sure to stay active while away is to plan at least one group activity that involves being physically active! Paddle boarding, bike riding, walking tours, hiking, surfing, and yoga are a few of the many ways to incorporate physical activity into your vacation! I recently went on a girls trip and we had planned a group yoga session on the beach that turned out to be fantastic! Being under the warm sun and staring out at the turquoise water as we breathed and flowed through the various poses was such a wonderful experience! It was the perfect way to begin the day and ended up being one of my favorite parts of the trip. 

Yoga on the Beach | 7 Ways to Stay Healthy While Traveling | Jennifer Diaz

6. Find Healthy Restaurants

One of my favorite parts of traveling is trying new foods and getting to eat some of my favorites (seafood just isn't the same in Nashville). I love going to new restaurants and it's definitely a bonus when you find one that's not only known for having delicious food, but also known for the quality of their ingredients! While in Miami at the beginning of March, we ate brunch at a place called DIRT. They're incredibly intentional about where they get their food sources and let me tell you, they have the BEST avocado toast! I luckily convinced a friend to split a few things with me because they had so many delicious options to choose from. If you're going to South Beach in the near future, I highly recommend stopping for brunch here at least once or twice!


7. Enjoy The Evenings

I'm a firm believer that in order to really enjoy yourself on vacation, you have to feel good physically, mentally, and emotionally (hence previous 6 tips). But I also believe in the importance of taking time to enjoy yourself, eat delicious foods, and sip on your favorite drinks while fully enjoying the company of friends and family. Being healthy and balanced are important aspects of a happy life, and so is being present and relishing every moment. So go ahead, enjoy a lobster roll, have a little ice cream, or sip a piña colada! Leave the guilt behind. After all, you've already made a lot of amazing, healthy decisions for yourself earlier in the day! 

Here is to restful, healthy, and fun-filled vacations!