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5 Ways to Look and Feel Awesome While Travelling

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5 Ways to Look and Feel Awesome While Travelling

You are probably thinking it is not possible to have fun and be healthy at the same time. But it is. These are a list of things you can still do as you would at home. The only difference is you are in a different country and in a slightly different routine but everything is still achievable.

Eat Healthily

 Eat well

Don't just settle for fast food or what you recognise from home all the time. Try something new while you're experiencing a different culture and find out what hidden benefits a new meal might be hiding.

Rice is obviously a healthy food and you can survive on this when the pennies are low. If it's white rice though it can have the opposite effect in making you gain weight so opt for the brown alternative where possible and of course, everything in moderation.

Fruit is also something you will never fall short of while travelling. Buy some extra pieces if you find a nice market so you can take with you as you move on - but always make sure you wash it before eating.

Make Sure You Pack Your Trainers

Take trainers

Hopefully you won't just have flip-flops or sandals with you! Trying to walk distances and frequently in unstable footwear when travelling will not help your muscles or back. Your body will thank you for it.

You are up for a morning walk but your travel buddies are fast asleep - still go for it! Even if it's only a short one, or a jog up the street it is all something to get your heart beating. It will also make you more eager and motivated to take advantage of the activities around you.

The easiest way to stay fit while travelling is just to stay active. It can be very easy to sleep longer after partying late and lie around all day but the more active you are, the more you will see and be able to immerse yourself in local culture.

Don't Overdo It On the Alcohol

Don't drink too much

While the majority of us go travelling to enjoy life, relax, make new friends and generally have a good time, this doesn't mean having to go overboard on the booze all day, every day.

Either try doing a fun activity with friends that doesn't involve alcohol - like diving, a cookery lesson or going on a day trip - you will feel all the better for it the next day. You probably won't be the only one who wants to give alcohol a miss for a day either.

If you feel more comfortable having a few drinks, trying alternating every now and then with a glass of water. It may sound hard and too sensible of a thing do to while downing some shots. But if you get into the habit it will make you feel better the following morning (or afternoon) as you will be more hydrated than normal and your skin will start to look better as well.

Take Advantage of Some Adrenaline Pumping Action

Adrenaline

Obviously, don't force yourself to do something you don't want to do or if it's not good for your health! A bungee jump, sky-dive or rock climbing are always on offer while travelling but they might not be for everyone. However, even getting to the place where you might sign up for one of these can get your blood pumping with nervous excitement.

This feeling will make you happy and even the emotion of perhaps achieving something you never thought you could do, or nearly did, will give you a boost to try more things and in turn be more active.

Use the sun sensibly

Sensible sun

We all like to have some sunshine when we travel and it can be good for us as we get vitamin D which helps our bones.

However, this needs to be done in a way that it doesn't harm your health - especially if you are from a country that isn't used to much sunshine. Make sure you cover up or get in the shade between the hours of 11-4 when the sun is at its strongest and wear sun factor cream when outside.

It's always great to come back from travelling with a healthy sun-kissed glow, but coming back with a healthy body inside and out will show even more to your friends and family.

Thinking of doing your own health trip? Book with Hostels.com now.

How do you keep fit and healthy while on the road? Let us know in the comments...

Siobhan Maguire is a budding journalist studying at the University of Salford in Manchester. A well-seasoned traveller, she blogs at A Girl Gets on a Bus, and you can follow her on Twitter here.

Thanks to John Walker, Tez Goodyer, Travis Wise, Carla MacNeil and Steve Corey for the excellent photos from Flickr. Please note all were under Creative Commons Licence at time of publishing.

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