Health is Wealth is the most famous quote almost everyone would have heard or read about somewhere. Indeed, a healthy body is meant to keep us fit, happy and contented with a long and prosperous life. Travelling as an activity has recently picked up with the masses with the advent of cheap budget backpacking travellers and with the support of the internet which helped it gain wider recognition. Clubbing the two – travelling and health is important as without a sound body and mind, that travel trip might just turn into a nightmare. Here are a few tips we suggest staying healthy while travelling.

  1. Eat local fresh produce

This should be a no-brainer. What you eat determines what you will feel like so if you cram your morning breakfast with oily food and fried items, be prepared to pay for the consequences. While on your trip, try eating local produce as much as possible and procure it fresh. One cannot deny the pleasure of biting into crunchy fresh veggies or fruits or locally made fresh food. Not only is it satisfying but also it helps to keep a balanced nutritious diet.

  1. Walk when you can

If you are on a budget trip, then try walking to various places as much as possible. It helps you to explore the area in more depth, you can potentially meet more people and you get free exercise! Nothing beats freebies, right? So why not with health. Walking is healthy and economical!

  1. Avoid junk food

Junk food may seem cheap and convenient to eat while travelling, however, it can cause havoc on your body later. If you are on a long-extended travel trip, then falling sick on a journey can throw a spanner in your well laid plans. Better to avoid those yummy fried vada pavs and samosas and stick to an apple or fruit and vegetable smoothie.

  1. Drink lots of water

Keeping your body hydrated is a cardinal rule while on a trip. It keeps your body fresh and helps in flushing toxins from the system. Besides it keeps you fresh and feeling amazing. Just be sure to be careful of the source of your drinking water because you do not want to fall sick with a water borne disease.

  1. Get plenty of rest

Backpacking involves using local transport, walking and a lot of physical activity which can take a toll on your health. This will lead to exhaustion if you do not take ample rest. Pace your activities and do not try to take in the entire city in one day.

  1. Keep away from the booze

While chilled beer may sound amazing on a hot summer day or that vodka or rum may seem heavenly on a cold night, alcohol does lead to a gain in calories. Also, it dehydrates you faster than anything, so keep a watch on that glass of beer or keep hydrating yourself sufficiently with the elixir of life – water!

  1. Have a big healthy breakfast

Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper; a wise quote goes and it cannot be closer to the truth. Breakfast is the first meal of the day and skipping it is nothing but inviting trouble. Try your best to have a healthy and a heavy breakfast and you should be alright for the rest of the day with well-spaced intervals between your other meals.

  1. Get that sleep

It may be tempting while travelling to exotic locations to not miss out on anything. Sleep, food and drink may all seem secondary. Taking in the sights and sounds of the new place and experiencing the beauty is the priority in such locales. However, missing out on that sleep may lead to fatigue which will result in you not being able to enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds and cause irritation and tiredness. Make sure you get plenty of sleep on your travels as it’s the best form for your body to rejuvenate and be ready for the next day.

–Text by Macson D’Almeida

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