Holiday travel season is upon us! Hitting the road for family time, relaxation, and great food is exciting, but it can really take a toll on our wellness. Before the holidays kick into high gear, take some time out to make a plan for how you’ll enjoy the season while keeping up your healthy, mindful lifestyle. Here are some of our favorite tips for staying grounded on vacation.
Stick to your routine
Establishing a routine when you’re not at home can be tricky, especially when the reason you’re heading out of town is to celebrate! While you can’t predict what the people you’re traveling with or visiting will want to do on any given day, and you’ll definitely want to be a little more lenient with yourself than you would at home, you should try to keep up your morning and evening routines as best you can. We find that starting the day with lemon water and winding down at night with a cup of tea helps us feel our best, no matter what the day brings.
Get outside and explore
If you’re driving to your destination, build in time to explore the places between point A and point B! Even if it’s a drive you’ve made a million times before – say, from where you live now to your family’s home – we bet there’s some little town or great attraction you don’t know as well as you should. Travel days can be pretty sedentary, and getting out to stretch your legs keeps your blood moving and heart pumping. When you get to where you’re going, make sure you take some time out of as many days as you can to be active in nature. This can be a visit to your favorite park back home, a walk on the beach, a post-holiday feast hike, or anything else your heart desires. Invite your traveling companion, friends, and family to come along – the more, the merrier!
This might seem simple, but it’s so important. Traveling can be awfully stressful, and holidays can double or triple that stress. There’s no need to put a damper on your fun by letting negative feelings take over, especially when yoga gives you the tools to stop them in their tracks. Make sure you’re constantly checking in with yourself and focusing on your breath. You might even want to block off a few minutes each day to meditate or practice yoga. Staying centered in the breath will help you make the most out of your trip.
Hit the local farmer’s market
We’re not saying you can’t enjoy yourself, but you’ll feel better both physically and mentally if you make a point to eat fresh, healthful foods on your trip. We love exploring farmer’s markets and trying out local produce or handcrafted goodies. It’s a great opportunity to get better acquainted with the community you’re visiting, and might incentivize you to mix in fruits and veggies while you’re away!
Always pack a snack
Going hand in hand with that – keep healthy snacks on hand both for traveling and for the duration of your trip. You’re going to get hungry, and although you should splurge a little on vacation, it’s always better to save it for something really special! If you are on a particular diet or have certain foods that you like to eat regularly, remember bring it with you. It may not be available where you’re going, and you don’t want to let that stress derail your good time.
Bring comfort items
Some people are better travelers than others. We get that. If you’re “others”, we recommend bringing along a few things – crystals, a candle, your favorite essential oils – that will remind you of home and help ground you. It’s also a good idea to bring a favorite pillow and blanket if you’ll be staying in a hotel or AirBnB. The last thing you want to be on your trip is uncomfortable.
Do a little bit of research before you go and find out if there’s a good yoga or spin studio in town, if your the gym your friends or family belongs to has guest privileges, or if there’s a great trail in town. Making time to get active, especially at the start of your day, will keep your body in fighting shape for when you return home.
Book a massage
Treat yourself! There may not be a spa or bodywork center where you’re going, but if there is, take advantage of it. A relaxed, calmer you will have a much better time on vacation (and so will the people you’re hanging out with!).
If your travels are bringing you to Richmond, come take a class at Om On! Our West End boutique and studio is an oasis of good vibes, and we’d love to share them with you. 🙂