“Vacation is the time to change locations, mindsets, and have a break from your ‘regular’ life. Unless you’re hiking the Appalachian Trail, it’s often a time of indulgence and excess. But it can still be a healthy time too… so take advantage of your next break from the norm and feel physically and mentally better than ever when you come back thanks to these ten tips…”
1. Bring a Journal.
I never travel without one. On vacation I often have more time and the distance from my normal life patterns helps me see things with fresh perspective. I pack a few extra of my favorite pens…. If you’re an artist, throw in a sketchbook.
2. Yoga on the Fly.
Can’t fit a yoga mat into that Carry On Suitcase? No worries. These socks and gloves have sticky grips on the bottom and turn any hotel room into your own personal studio. Even 10 minutes per day are good for grounding or working out the kinks and aches from skiing, surfing, or hiking. Check Sports stores or order a Gaiam set at Amazon.
3. Eat Healthy. (At least some of the time.)
Vacation is a time of indulgence but there is no need to come home a different bathing suit size. If you know you’re going out to dinner every night, load your other meals with veggies, nuts, fruit and nutritionally based protein drinks. (BONUS: For tips or coaching, get in touch with me!)
4. Sunglasses & Suntan Lotion
Say what you want about Global Warming, the sun is only getting stronger. It’s tempting to bring our winter white bodies into the sun without protective lotion, but it’s no fun to spend the rest of vacation in sun burnt pain. And protect your eyes and the surrounding delicate skin with sunglasses.
5. Drink Loads of Water.
You’ve heard it before… now we’ll say it again. Drink lots and lots of water. It’s easy to be busy, exercise a lot, be outside for hours on end, eat and drink too much. Water helps all of that. Keep a water bottle with you and make sure to have (at least one) glass of water between each alcoholic beverage. Why waste one precious day of vacation on a hangover?
6. Get a Neti Pot
An ancient Hindu Ayurvedic cleansing practice for nasal health. No joke. These things work. If you are prone to allergies, sinus infections, invest in one. You can buy ceramic or plastic versions at Annye’s Whole Foods. I use the plastic one all the time. Simply add some salt to warm water, tilt your head sideways, insert the nozzle in one nostril and let it flow out the other nostril.
7. Enjoy some outdoor Exercise.
One of life’s greatest joys is moving your body. Take advantage of the different things to do on vacation. If you’re in a city, walk it. If you’re by the water, try different things like sailing, SUP, surfing, swimming, etc. NOTE: it’s always best to Get in shape before you go so you don’t waste time being sore.
8. Savor Some Sleep.
A recent Gallup poll says 40% of Americans don’t get enough sleep. In our over stimulated, busy world, people are often flirting with exhaustion. Sleep in, take naps, lounge with a book, a drink, or a friend (or all three). Oh, and don’t forget to bring the earplugs and eye mask, because you never know what the sleeping conditions will be!
9. Go and get Unplugged.
Phones. Facebook. Twitter. Email. Social Media. Computers. No wonder we’re overwhelmed. We are constantly wired these days and expected to be always available to our bosses, colleagues, friends and family. One of the best things about vacation is putting the phone down and taking a break from the normal expectations and communication!
10. House Presents.
If I’m visiting a friend, I try to bring a present that has been made locally. On this trip, I’m visiting Europeans who like a strong cup of coffee so I got a bag of Wes Van Cott’s Sumatra Dark Roast, from the Nantucket Coffee Roasters. BONUS: Excellent coffee on my trip to go with my portable protein shakes!
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