Simple Ways to Healthify your Vacation!

5 Healthy Travel Tips!

Who is going on a summer vacation? Or who has already been on one? Whether you are going somewhere this summer or not, you are bound to go on a trip at some point. And today’s Fit Dish link up is all about healthifying your vacation. Thanks to Jill and Jessica for hosting!

Now, let me be honest here…. I am not a strict exerciser on vacation. Why? Well, because 1) exercise is NOT what my vacations are about and 2) I would rather be taking in the sights and sounds around me with the people I love. Not everyone I love and travel with exercise. Ya know?

But, I do have some simple ways to stay relatively active and not overly indulge. That is more important to me than working out in the hotel gym or sticking with salads during my whole trip. Bah hum-bug!

So what are these two simple tips you speak of, Bri? Glad you asked dear friend.

  1. I get at least 10,000 steps and don’t sweat the rest. One of my favorite things to do in a new city or town is walk around. Walking is staying active and you can be amazed at how many steps you’ll get staying curious, exploring the beautiful place you are in. Actually, I think the most steps I have gotten in a day was when my husband and I went to Nashville, Tennessee. We walked around the downtown area for quite some time so even if he didn’t realize how active he was being, he got over 20,000 steps. Haha.. how is that for being active AND hanging out with ones you love AND seeing the sights? Just call me the step wizard!
  2. I try foods that really look delicious and don’t sweat the rest. On vacations, food is a secondary focus and not really a primary. Well, I guess it can be reversed for some (like chefs and foodies), but I 100% love seeing new places over focusing on food. And this helps to healthify a trip a bit. When you don’t focus too much on food, you eat 2 or 3 meals a day and only snack when hunger strikes. You still taste delicious food, but you aren’t participating in a gluttonous affair. Eat what you really want. Drink what you really want. And when your done, be done. No need to clean your plate unless you really are that hungry.

Did you pick up on the fact that I used “don’t sweat the rest” twice up there? Yeah, that’s because a vacation is supposed to be stress-relieving! If anything you are doing is adding stress, stay away. And that includes trying to be a stickler with your marathon training plan or 6 week cleanse while on vacation. No sir. Stress keeps that waistline thick too, ya know.

So what would be your top tip to healthify a vacation if even just a little bit?

I actually wrote a blog post for Nature’s Bakery not too long ago about vacations and ways to stay healthy. You can read that here if it interests you. It’s geared towards keeping you from getting sick on your trip so you have more time to smile and frolick to and fro!

Happy Tuesday, friends!

I went to London once…

And now I have the itch to travel overseas again.

My first passport-worthy trip was to London in 2009 and I went with my mom and her tennis friends. I went for a week in June, which actually captured my birthday and my mom’s birthday. We are six days apart. Well, you know what I mean… by day, not year. That would be weird. And impossible! But anyway, back to the story…

My mom is really into tennis so the inspiration for the trip was Wimbledon. However, I am not the biggest tennis buff so went to Wimbledon with the ladies once and then ventured off on my own for a day. Long distance travel taught me that there is so much to see in this world. On this planet. Outside of the United States of America.

Part of health and wellness is also taking time to pause. Taking time to travel. Taking time to catch some sights and take it all in. I loved walking around anywhere and everywhere. I loved savoring the little things about the trip. In fact, I even got giddy in a Whole Foods Market there… I mean, it’s London! I could totally picture myself shopping there if I lived there. And yes, I know we have Whole Foods everywhere in the States, but it was the atmosphere that I took in. Everything is so much more exciting on vacation and in a new place!

Just for fun, I will share some pics from that trip. Oh, nostalgia!

Cheers from London!

Cheers from London!

 

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I was so close I could touch her… Venus Williams

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My mom and I love the Beatles. All you need is love! (and apparently an unintentional poof).

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Health Nut Bri at Whole Foods

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Yes, MJ died while we were there. Sad day in London! 🙁

The next overseas trip I would like to take is to New Zealand or Thailand. What about you?