Travel is rejuvenating for the mind and body, but it’s also taxing at a similar rate. This is because when you travel, you tend to be very open and attentive to your environment; taking in the wonderful views, relaxing with a sense of purpose and calm, and giving yourself the space you need to indulge in great food, sightseeing, and maybe even adventurous activities.
As such, it can often feel as though you’re burning the candle at both ends. This is doable when you’re younger, but as you get older, it’s harder to brush those effects off. The last thing you need is to feel tired, lethargic, and even irritable when enjoying the vacation you’ve paid for. Sure, most people feel like going home after they’ve had time to explore and enjoy their vacation, but you shouldn’t have those feelings within the first few days, week or even ten days there.
To resolve this, taking steps towards maintaining and caring for your health while abroad is wise. Let’s consider how that might look:
Take Along Some Supplements
It’s good to have the small health pick-me-ups you might need, and supplements can be a good place to start. For instance, melatonin can be healthy if you need it, especially for getting back into your sleep schedule as you need to. You might also bring some CBD for anxiety, or perhaps omega-3 tablets to help your skin in a warmer environment than you’re used to. These little additions can help you relax more easily while abroad, getting back into your optimized sense of well-being.
Plan For Jet Lag
Jet lag can be tough, and is most pernicious for those who travel across continents and multiple time zones. The feeling of lethargy and not being properly “localized” when you arrive can be helped with napping, avoiding heavy meals, getting sunlight during the day, staying awake until the usual bedtime (if healthy to do so), and being patient with your adjustment. If you can, giving yourself the day to arrive and adjust can make a huge difference. Don’t force it, rush it, or go too hard with partying the day you arrive. It will allow you to feel so much more comforted.
Ensure Specific Conditions Are Prepared For
If you have any specific health conditions that need managing, it’s important to plan everything out in advance to make sure you can care for it. That might mean making sure your hotel has accessibility rooms, or it could mean ensuring the correct level of travel insurance just in case you need to solicit emergency medications. It also means knowing what the customs requirements of the place you hope to visit are, so you can properly declare your medication ahead of time within the boundaries. You can also see what the added cost might be for bringing wheelchairs and other disability equipment, or if you’ll have to rent one while abroad, and other provisions that may be required.
With this advice, you’ll be sure to maintain your health and wellbeing while you travel, allowing you to focus on the wonderful adventure ahead of you.