The best tech for keeping healthy while traveling

Whether you go on a week-long trip or embark on a backpacking journey for months, there’s always the possibility of suffering from travel burnout. As discussed in a previous post on 6 Ways to Cope with Travel Burnout, it’s important to take it easy and find support as burning out isn’t necessarily a sign of being a bad traveler.

Remember that travel burnout will also wear you out mentally and physically, so keeping yourself in tip-top shape can further help with alleviating stress and exhaustion. If you’d like to enjoy your travels for longer, here are some tips on keeping yourself healthy while traveling with the help of technology.

Marpac Rohm Portable White Noise Machine

When you finally reach your destination, you’ll want to be in the perfect condition to maximize every second of your trip. But doing this can be hard if you’re sleep-deprived. Fortunately, Marpac Rohm has a travel-sized white noise machine to help transform your environment into one conducive to rest. It’s only 3.5 inches in diameter, so it won’t take up a lot of space in your luggage or accommodation. With settings for white noise, deep white noise, or gentle surf, you can find peace even in the midst of a bustling environment. The machine’s sound quality and volume range can also help you relax and fall asleep faster when you’re trying to adjust your body to a different time zone.

WeightWatchers App

Maintaining a healthy and well-balanced diet is as essential when traveling as it is when you’re back at home. Otherwise, you’ll feel sluggish and bloated from overeating or indulging in unhealthy snacks. WeightWatchers offers personalized weight loss programs that are easily accessible on its official app, allowing you to make healthy choices even when you’re on the go. Aside from listing the specific nutritional info of food items, it can guide you towards choosing the right portion sizes so you don’t have to completely opt out of trying all the local dishes at your travel destination. You can further stay on track with your diet by researching restaurants in advance and making sure that your itinerary includes healthy and well-spaced meals.

Apple Watch Series 8

Going on a trip doesn’t mean you have to completely ditch your healthy habits and day-to-day routine. The Apple Watch Series 8 is perfect for travel with its smart features that track your heart rate, sleep, mobility, and activity. It has metrics for your choice of exercise from core training to yoga, so you don’t have to worry about getting active despite being thousands of miles away from your local gym. If you ever encounter any health or medication issues, the watch automatically syncs the information to your phone—making it easy to contact a doctor or a family member with just one tap. This latest smartwatch also has a temperature sensor, which female travelers in particular would find helpful for detecting cycle changes or irregularities while they’re on the road.

LocknLock Travel Sanitizer

Keeping your teeth healthy while traveling might sound simple, but there’s more to oral hygiene than just carrying a travel-sized toothbrush. The LocknLock Travel Sanitizer helps with oral care by reflecting UV light on every surface of your toothbrush, making it safe and germ-free. This method appears to be much more convenient than rinsing with hot water before and after every use, as you can’t guarantee that you’ll have access to hot water wherever you go. Finally, the device is rechargeable via a USB port, removing any worry of the battery running out right when you need it.

From exercise and nutrition to sleep and hygiene, these tech tools are designed to make self-care and a healthy lifestyle a top priority even when you’re traveling. For more travel guides and tips, feel free to check out the rest of the blog.

Things female travelers should know about a solo trip to Greece

Greece has long been known as a world-class destination for international holidaymakers. Whether you’re looking to explore the country’s compelling history, or simply soak up the sun on a sandy stretch, Greece and its surrounding islands have something to offer every type of traveller – and that includes anyone who is venturing out alone.

If you’re wondering where your next solo adventure will take you, perhaps you’ll find all the answers in beautiful Greece. In this post, we provide some top tips and useful advice for any woman considering a solo trip to this unique European jewel.

Get to grips with Greek

As ever when exploring a new country, it can be useful to come equipped with a few basic words and phrases in the local language to help you get by.

Unfortunately, the Greek language is a complex one to learn, particularly for English speakers, and it can take a lot of determination and linguistic prowess to master it. Fortunately, English is widely spoken across much of the country, especially in the more touristy areas, so you shouldn’t be punished too severely for skipping the odd lesson.

Nonetheless, the locals will appreciate you making the effort to at least briefly converse in the native language, even if it is just the odd ‘Ευχαριστώ’.

Don’t be afraid to explore

Greece is very well connected by public transport, and you’ll have no problem venturing out of the main cities if you want to see more of what this beautiful country has to offer.

If you’d feel more comfortable travelling in a larger group, you will also find lots of different tours available, which can be a great way to explore the tourist attractions with like-minded visitors.

And don’t feel like you’re restricted to the mainland – frequent ferry services make exploring the surrounding islands a piece of cake. Island hopping around the many archipelagos is a great way to see more of this beautiful corner of the world, and explore the regions that have become a mainstay in popular culture.

From the beaches of Skopelos, to the sunsets of Santorini, many of the most beautiful sights in the Greek islands have been immortalised on the silver screen, and you can discover these picture-perfect destinations for yourself. Just be sure to bring a camera to truly savour the moment!

Safety first

Safety is quite rightly a primary concern for many travellers who decide to explore the world at their own pace. On the whole, Greece is considered a very safe country for visitors, but authorities still advise you to take the normal precautions when visiting somewhere new on your own. 

For example, be sure to keep any valuables secure and hidden, and make other people aware of your travel plans and itinerary. And of course, be sure to research the areas you want to visit before you fly and book accommodation in advance, to give yourself peace of mind once you arrive.

6 Ways to cope with travel burnout

While “burnout” is a term frequently used concerning a job or school, it may also affect travelers. I can imagine what you’re thinking. 

“Travel? The thing we indulge in to unwind and get away from work.” 

Travel burnout may affect you far more quickly than most people realize. Therefore, it’s a reasonable question.

Take a moment to envision yourself embarking on your long-awaited dream adventure. Everything was meticulously prepared, including the well-balanced itinerary, the cozy and conveniently situated lodging, the highly-rated cafes, and the Instagram photos that would make your friends envious.

You take the vacation, and it’s fantastic. 

Suddenly, your drive to wander wanes.

You feel worn out, agitated, and irritated.

You become irritated and upset by local quirks that you formerly thought endearing.

You suddenly feel the need to spend the entire day in your room.

Those are symptoms of travel burnout.

woman having a travel burnout

Why Aren’t Travel Burnout Topics on Blogging Sites?

Why did travel tiredness catch me off guard if it’s so prevalent?

1) Very few people are capable of taking extended trips throughout the globe. As a result, there aren’t many people who can warn you.

2) Whining about excessive travel is akin to complaining about exorbitant privilege. Therefore, even if an individual has experienced it, they could feel bad about it just as I did.

3. Discussing the drawbacks of your pursuits, which may involve travel, is considered a bad form. People seldom ever post about the bad aspects of their lives.

4) Influencers and social media have exaggerated how dreamy and wonderful traveling is by ignoring the mistakes and disasters that can occur on every trip.

I was perplexed, and a bit embarrassed when travel burnout struck me. I had put a lot of effort into being able to embark on my ideal adventure, so feeling exhausted or wanting to quit seemed like failure.

sad woman on the beach

How to Prevent or Address Travel Burnout

  1. Take it easy. Instead of running around many locations again, take your time and enjoy each one. In our culture of rapid gratification, we occasionally neglect to take our time and cherish a few things rather than rushing through everything. Allow at least a week in destination if you’re on an extended trip.
  2. Plant temporary roots. Suppose a slower pace is unsuitable. Then, stop, at least for a while. Spend some time getting accustomed to being stationary in one area for a few weeks. Return to a beloved city or town and establish roots there. Establish a routine and take some time to recuperate.
  3. Alter your course. If you’ve been traveling with others, consider exploring on your own. If you’ve been alone for too long, consider forming a group. Get a private room if you’ve been staying in backpacking hostels for too long. And if you have spent too much time in the same area, it could be time to explore an entirely new culture and environment.
  4. Look for the ideal destination. Some places are better than others at promoting the general welfare. As you travel, having to continuously check your back, meals, taking medications, etc., might impact your sense of well-being and security. Think about going somewhere that could help you feel less stressed.
  5. Find support. Zooming with your family and friends back home is an excellent way to lift your spirit. As a nomadic traveler, it could assist you in developing your support network. You can also form or join groups with other long-term travelers or expats to exchange travel experiences and challenges.
  6. Head back home. If none of those options are successful, perhaps it’s time to return home. Always keep in mind that home is only a flight away. You may always travel again. Your mental health comes first.

Travel burnout may affect people in different ways and at different periods. Anyone may get worn out by frequently socializing with other people and exploring their cuisines, cultures, and attractions, especially if you’ve followed a consistent pattern for most of your life. If you experience the trip blues, remember to be thankful, acknowledge that your emotions are real, and make a change.

How to stay healthy when travelling

Whether traveling for work or pleasure, staying healthy while on the go can be a struggle. Keeping fit on the road can be challenging. It’s easy to fall into old habits and eat unhealthily when constantly on the move. You might not have access to your usual gym, or in some instances, your hotel facilities might not have the equipment you need to keep up with your routine. It’s essential to find ways to keep active without compromising your health. Here are some tips for keeping fit when traveling.

Book accommodation with gym or pool facilities

If your travel plans include staying in a hotel, it’s worth checking out the facilities. Many hotels will have gym facilities for guests to use for free or a small fee. This varies depending on the hotel you are staying but if this isn’t an option, check out local amenities and see if you are in the vicinity of any gyms or pools you can pay to use for the duration of your trip.

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Take a local exercise or sports class.

If you’re traveling to a new location, it’s worth checking to see if there are any exercise or sports classes you can take part in. You’ll want to find out if they are suitable for beginners, but participating in a local class is a great way to exercise while exploring the culture, such as china kung fu classes when visiting China. Some cities have sports leagues that welcome visitors. Again, you may begin at the bottom of the pecking order, but you’ll get plenty of exercise without leaving the hotel.

Walk as much as possible.

Regular walking is one of the simplest and easiest ways to stay fit while traveling. You don’t need any equipment, it’s free, and you can do it anywhere. You can walk in the city, parks, or the beach. You can even walk on board airplanes if you have space in the overhead compartment. If you’re staying in a city, walking from your accommodation to the local attractions is a great way to exercise while exploring the local culture. 

Use apps for quick, equipment-free workouts

You can still work out if you’re staying in a hotel room without access to a gym or pool. Plenty of apps provide a complete workout from the comfort of your hotel room. Some will even provide you with a virtual personal trainer. You can use these apps to keep your fitness routine even when traveling. It’s essential to be aware that your body may require more rest when traveling, so you may need to scale back your workout routine. 

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Stay hydrated

Being hydrated is an essential part of staying healthy when traveling. This is especially important if you are traveling to a warmer climate and are exercising. For many people, it is preferable to stick to bottled water to avoid illnesses, depending on the county you are visiting. Still, for the most part, water is readily available in many areas. Take a refillable bottle with you to reuse when at work or working out.

Conclusion

Keeping fit is an essential part of staying healthy. It’s critical to stay hydrated, eat healthily, and take regular breaks from whatever you’re doing. While traveling, it can be challenging to fit in a workout, so you may need to be creative. With a bit of effort and creativity, you can keep fit while traveling.

How to get ready for your first post-COVID vacation

In certain areas of the world, people are beginning to plan their summer vacations. Many of us wonder what it would be like to go on vacation in a world where the Covid-19 coronavirus is still prevalent. Some governments, particularly in continental Europe, tolerate or even promote internal travel and guest arrivals from a select group of nations, mainly neighbors.

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