Nothing ruins a vacation faster than contracting a disease or getting a stomach mug. Big plates of exotic food sure look mighty tempting, but many of us have heard scary stories of people getting diarrhea and food poisoning afterwards.
It is hard to restrain yourself from devouring the finger-licking local delicacies when you are traveling. But there are measures one can take to minimize your risk and stay healthy. While on the move, opt for healthy options, including your main meals.
Below we look at eight expert tips and start preparing your healthy travel check-list.
Viral Infection and the Dreaded Corona
As this article is published, travel abroad is severely restricted due to the effects of COVID-19. When restrictions are finally lifted, the behavioral after-effects will remain with us. It seems that social distancing, cleansing of hands and masks might be a part of life of going forward. Will it have a lasting effect on the tourism industry? We don’t know.
Choose Water Over Alcohol
When travelling abroad. stay well hydrated by drinking water. While on the move, purchase bottled water, which stands to be one of the healthiest options too. When vacationing, you should stay well hydrated, mainly when you plan to consume alcohol. Any alcoholic drink generally dehydrates the body very fast. So, consuming plain water is the most uncomplicated and straightforward means of keeping yourself healthy. So, while stepping out of the house, do remember carrying a bottle of water and remain hydrated.
Maximize Your Outdoor Activities
Being outdoors is a great way to promote social distancing. So, plan accordingly before moving out of your house with for example your backpack. Certain outdoor activities stand as a positive mode of increasing your energy expenses. Plan out for small cycling tours of interesting places in and around the new location. Or else for the self-driven people, you can rent a car and plan for a weekend trek or camping-out. Stack your baggage well on your car’s universal roof rack and get into the groove of enjoying a life full of adventure! All these incidental activities are a grand way of celebrating life, which turns your travel into a healthy and happy one.
Research Eating-Joints Ahead of Time
Before you step out of the house, you should research the eating-joints of the travel destination. You will surely gather a better eating experience and will probably ensure you get meals of a higher standard. Read the reviews in some of the good travel sites to get the know-how on the same. Most sites also cater to the display of the concerned restaurant’s menu-card. This will ensure you have all the options to make a mental note of what you can eat while on the move.
Avoid Sushi and raw food meals if you are in doubt and stick to cooked or boiled meals to ensure food safety.
Compromise Over Your Main Meals
You might crave for tasting all the delectable local cuisines and quench your thirst at the local breweries! But when out in any other country or traveling, you should be over-cautious about your health. Do not fall into the constant overeating trap. Choose any one main meal-time and go on a holiday spree! For instance, if you have pizza topped with extra loaded cheese with cola or any alcoholic drink, try to compromise during dinner. Your vacation diet is all about balance and moderation, so think healthy and stay healthy!
Keep Fruits and Nuts Handy
No vacation is complete without planning for the city tour and a bit of hiking and sight-seeing. Never over-feed before moving out for the entire day. It will make you feel uneasy for quite some time and never advisable by most professional dieticians and medics. Keep some fruits and nuts handy inside your backpack or handbag. A couple of granola bars, along with a small pouch of dried nuts and raisins help in restoring energy. These options are readily available everywhere and fit rightly within your holiday budget.
Walk All Over the City-Tour
Opt for walking a few blocks rather than planning to hire a cab where you are going to sit in an enclosed space with the driver. Traveling has its charm when you witness the local surroundings, historic architecture, and the mesmerizing beauty all around. Walking through the alleys of any new place has its essence, and you can feel the same when you witness the people and things around. Opting for a walk-tour of the city and tourist spots stand both pocket-friendly and also keep you healthy. Even if you indulge in having a bit more of the local delicacies, brisk walking due to the city tour will keep you fit and fine and make your trip a memorable one.
Cook One Meal Daily
Book a room in one of the hostels or the rentals, which comes with a small kitchenette. Purchase some ready-to-cook food packets, vegetables, fruits, milk packets, and some cereal packets and dive in to cook for yourself – at least one meal. You will automatically start curbing the consumption of extra spices, oil, and salt and stick to your daily diet. For instance, if you plan to have a gala dinner at one of the nearby food joints, prepare some light brunch or lunch inside your hotel room. You will get the know-how of precisely what you are cooking and eating!