Earlier last month, I got back from the biggest road trip of my life – Nashville – Niagara – New York- Washington DC – Smoky Mountains – Nashville. It may not seem like much of an itinerary to many, but for me, it was a mammoth excursion! And to my disbelief, it actually went very well. Given my aversion to travel, that’s a miracle for me!
So here’s what I concluded – It takes ten bad trips to get a good one. Just kidding! Funnily that’s what happened in my case. It doesn’t have to be that way. I must admit, I’m a homebody and not keen to travel. Although, turning around a little bit now. When I see folks all around me loving the idea of travel and getting super excited by it, I always wonder how that is enjoyable. For me, it wrecks my eating, activity, and sleep schedule. Hence any ideas of travel or trip planning are either shot down in my house by me or reluctantly agreed:). But this time was different. My parents were visiting, and we wanted to take them to the most visited places in the USA. And we had to do it right! So a lot of thought went into assessing what went wrong in the past trips(which were much smaller) and a lot of research went into planning this one.
Upon returning, I dissected what worked on this trip. It boiled down to the fact that I was able to have some sense of control over my eating, physical activity, sleep, and in turn, my mood:). I guess that was enough to keep me happy and enjoy the trip. Best of all, we all got home happy and healthy, and no one got sick.
Once back, we were able to return to our daily routines quickly. I attribute it to how well this trip went concerning eating, activity, and sleeping schedules. Which made it easy to get back to daily life, unlike in the past when I felt I needed another vacation after every trip.
During the summer break, many of us travel domestically and internationally. Hopefully, you will find these tips helpful to stay healthy on the go.
1. Diligently pack foods to take with you.
2. Take your reusable water bottle along.
3. Research local cuisine to stay on top of the game.