Travelling for leisure is a healthy option that energizes mind and body. Well then, should n’t you be in the best of health while on travel to make the most of your holiday? It is possible if you keep a few basics in mind.

Pre-tour preparation is a pleasure, as it involves a good anticipation while planning and making tour arrangements. Working till the last minute, too much anxiety and ill-preparedness can create a stress that is carried onto the trip. That will create a strained mind that is in no mood to enjoy the new place. Elders always advised us that a few minutes of sitting calm before stepping out of home was essential for any outside work to go smooth. If we apply the same theory to a trip, a half hour to an hour relaxation before a trip, after finishing all the packing will help in keeping a delightful, anticipatory mood for a good holiday. This free time can be used to recollect and cross-check if you have packed all necessary travel documents and essentials. Medical facility can cost dearly in terms of money and time during travel. There’s a good choice of travel insurance available these days. These don’t just cover hospital expenses but also emergency medical evacuation and help during natural calamities. 

Being on time or ahead of scheduled time, helps in avoiding the last minute anxiety of reaching the bus or train station or the airport or even in having a relaxed drive if you are taking your own vehicle. Long queues at check-in, immigration and security check require that mandated check-in time. Extra time if you are lucky to pass those quickly, can always be utilized for relaxation before a long flight journey.

It is important to take regular breaks during travel. If on a plane or train, get up and walk a few steps at regular intervals of every hour or two.  Drinking enough water in-between the meals during travel is all the more essential. Many tend to skip this to avoid using toilets. But this can cause dehydration and discomfort. If necessary, plan your water intake keeping an hour’s lead time. Water takes an hour to digest and throw the waste out after that. You can time it according to the anticipated availability of washrooms. Airports have good facilities. Ask for water onboard a plane. Cabin crew has the responsibility of serving many and may not be in a position to pay individual attention. Visit to the toilet onboard can also be a stretch to your crammed legs and arms. Take a walk up and down the aisle. Deep vein thrombosis is a serious health issue caused by continuous sitting in the same position under controlled cabin pressure. Exercise your neck and feet even while you are seated.

Have enough water while on tour of the destination. It is good to have clean, germ free water. But the fad of bottled water many a times causes more trouble than help. Less than 5 percent of the water you might have access to may not be pure enough for drinking. That should not make you think that all water other than bottled water is bad. Many a times, it might not be convenient to carry a water bottle or a bottle might not be available at the place where you are. Reason out and pick water from a visible source. If many people have survived drinking the same water, you can too, unless you have weak immunity levels. A study in Australia revealed that people tend to drink lesser water when they stick to only bottled water. And that’s not healthy at all. We observed a British lady reason out with a receptionist at a hotel check-in in Udaipur that if the tap water in the room was safe to brush her teeth, it should be safe to drink too.  Similarly, regular water at most restaurants is good enough to drink.

A good breakfast can provide required energy for the day’s tour and sustain your hunger pangs for longer. It’s a blessing that most hotels provide a breakfast buffet with a choice of items. Start your day with fresh fruits and juices. That will lay a healthy foundation. A high protein dish like an egg or some beans or pulses, milk and curd (yoghurt) adds a lot to your breakfast.

After a good breakfast, you can spend time in exploring the place and can afford to have light meals like a salad or sandwich and a juice with some packed dry fruits. Good news is that you need more energy during the day outs and can enjoy bakery stuff, ice-creams and chocolates without guilt. Don’t rely only on fried foods for snacks though. Combine it with fresh salads to add some vital vitamins. You can carry some biscuits, chocolates and dry fruits as emergency energisers.

A shower and an early dinner will help in better digestion before hitting the bed after a tiring day. Street food at popular places is healthier than eating at a dingy restaurant that has few clienteles. You take a call and make a judgment on the hygiene of the place. Try to spare a few minutes in the morning for some deep breathing exercises. A morning walk in the new place can reveal lively activities of people going to work, walking their dogs in the garden, birds chirping on the trees, food supplies making their way to markets and hotel kitchens and many others that are not seen during the day. Importantly, live and enjoy the place wherever you are and carry back good memories to share with loved ones back home.


By Anand & Madhura Katti



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