Travel is an incredible thing – not only do you get to immerse yourself in other cultures and take in spectacular sights, it’s also a chance to sample plenty of local treats and let your hair down. Sounds amazing, right? So what’s the catch? The downside of travel is that it can interfere with daily routines, and many of the things we stick to at home tend to go out the window. None of us ever plan on coming home from holidays feeling heavier or unfit, but we also want to have the full travel experience. Can we have our cake and eat it too?
By incorporating a few little changes into your next holiday, you CAN have that pain au chocolat after shopping in Paris!
1. Instead of eating out for every meal, stock up on groceries at the local supermarket and make one or two meals a day yourself. The bonus is you get to try your hand at cooking with real local ingredients, and you’ll save a bunch!
2. If you’re staying in accommodation that doesn’t have self-cooking facilities, make lunch your main meal of the day – that’s the time you’re most active, you won’t feel like a huge dinner, and many restaurants have lunch time special.
3. Farmer’s markets are great places to find cheap and healthy meals – breakfast and lunch in particular.
4. Walking rather than relying on public transport or taxis keeps you moving while also allowing you to explore places in more depth. Take the stairs while you’re at it.
5. Bike tours are a fun way to see more of a destination – Europe in particular is a great place to get on a bike
6. For nature buffs – hiking is a great one, it doesn’t have to be overly strenuous! You’ll often be rewarded with spectacular views
7. It can be as simple as incorporating some stretching in the morning or evening. Combine it with a wall-sit and a couple of star jumps for a quick all-round workout
Do you have an everyday health routine? How do you maintain your health while travelling?
Maddy is our resident traveller who loves trekking around Australia and the world. When she's not giving us tips and tricks over in the lifestyle section Maddy pens A Life Passport all about her experiences. You can catch her on twitter and Instagram.