Healthy Travel Tips

My life is offering me the opportunity to travel a lot these summer months….again.

While I used to love the idea of flying all over the world and seeing lots of places, right now, home seems like the only place I want to be.  I love VA.  I love spending time with Steve.  I love going to the farmers market.  I love runs around inspiring monuments. And I love making it to church each week.

However, if I do travel.  I know I need to maintain an even higher level of self care than when home.  It has to be at the top of my life.  It is red self-care alert time for me and I honor that.

I’ve spent time in an ER doing travel escapades before because of dehydration and, well, basically running myself ragged.  I’ve travelled week after week for my job in the past only stopping in to change clothes in my bag.  While I never want to do that again, I’ll always be an adventurer, so I will always travel.

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As I prepare for 3 weeks on the road, I thought I’d let you into how I pack, prepare and enjoy my adventures while keeping myself healthy:

1. I block off time in my calendar to pack.  I need to focus and not forget a thing.  I make a list, grab my suitcase, turn on some great music and prepare (usually two days in advance).

2. I find the local whole foods.  I put the address in my calendar and I block off time to go and get the food I need as soon as I get where I’m going.  I need healthy food, lots of water and WF is familiar, which feels good to me when I’m in new places.

3. I pack my food for my flight/train/ect.  I pack snacks and meals that I need until I get there.  I hate the feeling of being stuck with airport food.  No go for me.

4. I buy water, BIG water bottles, as soon as I get to the airport/train station.

5. I bring my journal, several books and new music.  Love to write. Love to read.  Love to listen to inspiring music.  I download new music before I go and, new for me, download onto my kindle app.  Sad for my paper books to go good-bye, but I can take so much more reading with me.

6. I block on my workouts on my calendar.  Keeping my running and workouts steady (sometimes even more) makes me feel better, shake out the travel gook and refresh me.  (I often ask hotels for running maps.  Many times they have them and if not, they love to share)

7. NEW:  Recently, I ‘ve been buying candles and taking them with me to refresh the hotel room.

8.  I map out my time.  This is for long trips (note: I did it for the coming weeks).  I create a spread sheet of time zones, where I’ll be, when and when I can sleep, workout, shop for food, ect.

9.  I ask others how they do it.  My friends tell me and I get tips from leaders I follow.  Like these:

Kris Karr Quick & Easy Travel Tips

Danielle Laporte Travel Tips

10.  I enjoy, I get present, I take in the local scene, take lots of pictures and enjoy.

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You can be healthy, at your best self-care and travel.  I promise.  It just takes some prep and promise to yourself.

I hope your summer adventures are fun, fabulous and leave you feeling better than ever.  Its possible, I promise.

In love and healing,

Sera Fiana

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