Maintaining Good Health: Wellness Tips for International Travel
Some vacations are a great time to relax and unwind. Others offer an opportunity to explore new frontiers and get out of your comfort zone. No matter what kind of trip you’re taking, a vacation doesn’t have to mean neglecting your health routine. Maintaining health and wellness on an international trip is crucial — and it’s easier than you think. “It’s important to maintain good health while traveling because getting sick is worse when you are away from home,” says Cathy Lenox, travel specialist at DSA Vacations, which specializes in tailor-made vacation packages to Africa, Asia, Latin America and beyond.
“If a health issue does arise, embassy or consulate offices will have advice on the best options for treatment and will be helpful in notifying family members and assisting with logistics,” Lenox says. But to prevent any medical problems from occurring, here are five wellness tips for international travel.
The benefits of walking during your vacation are endless. “I always suggest walking after arriving at a destination on a long flight,” offers Lenox. “It gives you immediate immersion at your destination and helps recover from jet lag. Being outside in the sun will help your body adjust to a new time zone.” Another benefit of walking throughout your vacation is that it’s the best way to take in the sights and sounds of your destination and learn about its local people. And, of course, walking will give you plenty of daily exercise. Don’t forget to pack comfortable and supportive shoes!
Never underestimate the importance of staying hydrated, especially if you’re in a hot climate. Dehydration can lead to a host of health problems, so be mindful and drink up. When you’re in a foreign country, Lenox recommends only drinking bottled water, skipping ice, and always keeping several bottles on hand in your hotel room.
Watch What You Eat
“I suggest eating at reputable restaurants and ensure all foods are thoroughly cooked,” Lenox says. She also recommends eating breakfast every day to keep your energy levels up, and in certain countries, eating only fresh fruit that can be peeled. Being careful about what you put in your body can prevent illnesses during the trip.
“It is very important to get plenty of sleep every night and try to stay on a regular sleep schedule,” Lenox says. Remember the suggestion to walk everywhere? Good news: doing lots of walking during the day will help you sleep better and maintain your energy levels, leaving you rested and ready to explore!
Work with a Travel Consultant
If you want to maintain optimal wellness, a travel advisor can help you plan every detail of your trip to keep up your health routines. “Working with a travel consultant at DSA Vacations will ensure optimal health and wellness because they will customize a trip based on specific dietary needs and activities,” Lenox says. “I like having conversations with my clients about their favorite activities and then incorporate those activities into their trip. I have planned many trips for runners, for example, who participate in marathons, and crafted an entire package based on their race as well as many sightseeing experiences.”
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