Although you may not be thinking about your health when the pre-vacation euphoria shakes your mind, staying healthy on your vacation is what makes the difference between an ideal holiday and the one ruined by fever and flu. As a pretty experienced and passionate traveller, I have discovered several tricks which helped me maintain great health during my stays on various worlds’ destinations, and I want to share them with all journey addicts and all others who enjoy being on the road:
- Do your research (in case of vaccinations)
I know how it’s exciting when you book a hotel in exotic Thailand, which is an immensely interesting country, but it’s also a place where you can catch anything from malaria to pretty serious Japanese encephalitis. That’s why you should give your excitement a break for a while and do some research in order to discover vaccinations you may need before you jump on the plane.
For the most destinations you’ll need routine vaccines, such as varicella vaccine and flu shot, but some countries (especially tropical ones) require special vaccinations due to the risk of some diseases. If you’re going to India you should get vaccinated against Hepatitis A, since India is the place where you can get this easily through contaminated water or food.
- Enjoy the food but don’t exaggerate
It’s reasonable to enjoy the local cuisine on your vacation, but ordering every single delicacy from the menu can bring you nausea and fat deposits on your hips, which is not so perfect vacation scenario. So, try to balance your diet on vacation by trying healthier versions of new foods.
- Dedicate some time to exercising
Even though your vacation is your time to relax or simply do nothing, physical activity is one of those things which will ensure your strong immunity and diminish a chance of being sick.
When I was in Dubai, I found time to attend personal training in Dubai, which not only maintained my body shape, but also improved the ability of my body to resist various diseases. You can use your hotel’s gym, or if you’re not fond of intensive working out, take a long walk along the beach or across the city and finish it with a set of simple exercises.
- Hydrate yourself
Lying on the beach or wandering through some giant city is extremely exciting, but also an adventure which requires constant hydration. Thanks to my personal trainers from the gym in Dubai, I’ve learned a lot about the food which can keep me hydrated and what I should eat in general.
Things, such as cucumbers, watermelon, Greek yogurt and Rooibos tea are, according to them, a great way to hydrate yourself apart from water, while ideal diet should include fiber from broccoli, beans, pears, proteins from tuna and chicken and plenty of whole foods.
- Try fun activities
This is the area where you can merge pleasure and physical activity, what is especially important for both your mental and physical health. So, if you’re, for instance, travelling to Tahiti, that’s great opportunity to spend time snorkelling, diving or kayaking through lagoons and activate your body.
Explore the area to see what else you can try – perhaps a local dance or thrilling horseback riding along the coast may be your activities of choice.
No matter where you’re going on vacation and how you plan to enjoy there, staying healthy during that time is what guarantees memorable, entertaining and enjoyable moments.