Fitness Tips on the Go!

Guest blog post by Kardena Pauza, personal trainer

Whether you’re traveling across the country or traveling across the world, staying healthy & energized is key to enjoying your vacation. If you are soaring thousands of miles to explore, let’s make the most of it! Here are some tips to keep you healthy, energized, and fit while traveling.

HydrationWater Bottle

Staying hydrated is really important since our entire bodies processes rely on water to function properly. Everything from energy, brain function and increasing the metabolism to boosting the immune system! Before boarding, buy the largest bottle of water you can find. If you are in the airport, remember you can’t bring it from outside the airport, you must go through security then buy it before boarding. Shoot for drinking a minimum of 64 oz. a day so determine how much you need to drink while traveling and keep drinking. Ask the flight attendants for a refill when you need it. If I relied on the rations of water the flight attendants gave me, I’d feel like I was dehydrated in the Sahara!

Once you reach your destination, carry a bottle of water with you. Again, get a nice large bottle and put it in your backpack for easy traveling. In some areas near the equator, fresh squeezed juice is readily available! This would be a bonus for staying hydrated, fruits like watermelon, mango, orange, lime, and fresh coconut water are full of electrolytes, vital minerals and antioxidants.

Avoid the Excesses

Avoid consuming excess soda, alcohol & caffeine. I’m not trying to take the fun out of traveling, believe me! What you can do is not go over board and be laid out, hung over and missing out on crucial exploring time!

Make a rule for yourself to only drink 1 or 2 specialty drinks during the day and keep your alcohol drinking to a minimum in the evening. That means only drinking a couple drinks in the evening. And be sure to drink several big glasses of water before heading to bed to stave off a hang over & tiredness the next day.

Keep Moving:

If you are on a long flight, it’s a good idea to get up and stretch to get your circulation going & stretch your upper body while in your seat. Try and do this every hour. Once you get to your destination, it’s on. Exercising while you’re on vacation can be a ton of fun, and keep you healthy & energized! Exercise is an excellent way to detoxify, clear your mind, get your blood really pumping for the day, & boost your immune system.

Bike in Austria

Bike through the gorgeous Austrian Tyrol region on the European Horizon tour.

One way to do this is to take 20-45 minutes first thing in the morning, breath the morning fresh air and do a cardio activity like jogging on the beach, biking the mountain side or through the city or running the stairs in front of an ancient temple. What a great way to see the local sights and immerse yourself in the intricacies of the area you are visiting. Or schedule a guided active tour that day like a biking tour of the city or a kayak trip through ocean caves. What a life!

Have Healthy Snacks

Snacking through out the day will keep your body fully energized, keep your metabolism up, and is a great way to guarantee that you will be eating healthy. The last thing you want to happen is to be starving & grumpy and be forced to eat whatever is around you at the time.

Ideas: Bring snacks on the plane with you. Yes, you are allowed to bring food through security as long as it’s not in liquid form like yogurt, salad dressing, or soup. So pack a healthy care package for yourself like fruit, veggies, nuts, salad, protein bars, and lean protein.

Once you get to your destination, make a quick stop at the local grocery mart and stock up on quick bites to take with you on your excursions – check out the fun local foods that you probably can’t find at home!  You’ll have balanced energy throughout the day with less stress. BTW- by carrying your own food, you’ll be saving money that you can spend on more important traveling souvenirs and memories!

Find Ways to Rest and Relax

Budapest Thermal Bath

On the Eastern Road Contiki you can stop in Budapest and check out some beautiful thermal baths, many of which are hundreds of years old!

Find ways to relax and unwind. Our daily lives can be stressful and so can traveling. Visiting exotic places in the world can sometimes come with ancient relaxation & healing traditions that you can experience. Some places have natural hot springs, pocket book friendly massage therapy, meditation classes or acupuncture. This is a great way to relax, unwind, and experience the benefits of their distinct culture while nourishing your body.

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Kardena Pauza is a spunky travel and fitness loving Orange County, CA personal trainer, nutrition specialist, and author of Easy Veggie Meal Plans.

 

 

 

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Experiment with the Power of One

Guest post by Ralph Velasco, travel photographer

Some of my favorite shots, whether my own or those of other photographers that I admire, have a single point of interest.

This man-made or natural subject gives the viewer a very definite part of the scene to focus in on, and will often provide a much needed “sense of scale.”  Providing a sense of scale is accomplished when a known object, such as a person, tree or bus, is included in the image so that our brains can immediately form an impression of the overall scene and accurately calculate its size.

Note the yellow bus and how it gives scope to this scene near Portillo, Chile.

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Getting the Right Gear

Now that summer is heating up, it’s time to grab the best gear for your next Contiki!  Our guest blogger, Kelley Last, shares her list of favorite travel gear to give you some inspiration on what you should pack.

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While you don’t need to run out and spend hundreds of dollars on top of the line travel gear, it is important that you pick up a few essential items before your big trip. Getting the accessories that are right for you will help you stay organized and enjoy a hassle-free vacation. Here’s my list of some of my favorite travel gear.

1.) The Right Suitcase
On my first Contiki tour, I showed up with a ginormous red suitcase that was almost as tall as me. I learned the hard way that huge bags are NOT a good idea. Traveling light is always the way to go. I had a tough time dragging my huge bag over cobblestone streets and up flights of stairs in hotels. Also, with airplane weight restrictions now, there is no benefit to a big bag since you can’t really fill up too much anyways.  I also recommend one with wheels and a soft casing (easier to stack them on the bus). Trust me, heavy suitcases and long walks do NOT go well together. Don’t forget tiny locks too.

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