Any type of travel creates a disruption in your daily routine. There are several steps you can take in order to get everything done and minimize the stress of travel. Plan ahead in order to put your physical and mental health first, and consider the following tips:
1. Research Your Destination
Before leaving on any trip, take the time to research your destination. If you’re traveling for pleasure, you might have more of an opportunity to do this than if your company is sending to meet with clients or attend a convention. Either way, learn about the location where you will be traveling. Find out about healthy options for getting your exercise or eating right while you’re away. This preparation will help you have a more successful journey regardless of where your travels take you.
2. Drink Plenty of Water
Don’t fall prey to the notion that you will be able to travel more efficiently by limiting your fluid intake, and be careful not to consume too many caffeinated beverages in order to fight jet lag. Your mental acuity and overall health will be better if you drink plenty of water. International travelers might need to make arrangements to get good, clean water in certain locations. Bringing along a refillable water bottle will help in many domestic travels.
3. Sharpen Your Mind
Logic puzzles and test preparation can be helpful to travelers. Intellectual stimulation helps to fight jet lag and keep the mind alert. Want a fun task to help you bond with your high school student? Use travel time to work through one of Barron’s ACT preparation courses. You might learn something along the way.
4. Get Your Exercise
On trips away from home, you probably won’t be able to stick to your usual workout routine, but getting exercise in some manner will help you keep a clear head. You’ll feel physically healthier too. Take the time to workout at your hotel’s fitness center in the morning before meetings. Take the stairs instead of the elevator any time it’s possible. Remember that every step is a step in the right direction when it comes to exercise and physical fitness.
5. Stay Rested
Getting enough rest while traveling isn’t easy. It helps to start your journey well rested. If possible, make sure you book accommodations where you can get good sleep. This means checking to make sure that noisy renovations won’t be disrupting you at your hotel, and you can find out what hotels have reputations for providing restful stays by looking at online reviews. Before going to sleep while you are traveling, take the time to meditate or do some simple yoga in order to center yourself and prepare for a rejuvenating night’s sleep.
By its very nature, travel disrupts routines. Planning ahead and taking the time to prepare for good health and excellent mental stimulation will help you navigate the stresses of travel like a pro. Whether you’re taking a vacation with your family or going on a business trip, be sure that your personal health always comes first. When you take care of yourself, everything else will fall into place.