I’m back with a new collab this week to celebrate our top 3 favorite things: SUMMER, HOLIDAYS AND…BEING GORGEOUS! Yeah you know…it’s all in the glow!
Daniyal, who was so sweet to adapt to my girly world and propose a hot summer topic, wrote this post: how to look gorgeous on travel! I’m more than happy to have her onboard today, and to offer you her post on a crucial subject for all the girls who want to stay stylish, and fresh while traveling.
I wish you a pleasant Smart & Gorgeous Holidays with Daniyal!
Girls on travel…
Traveling is a hobby, vacation, luxury, and work for some people. When you are traveling, it is almost impossible to follow any routine, especially when it comes to keeping a healthy diet and maintaining fitness. Although spoiling yourself a bit on diet and resting is completely normal and tolerable, it is still important not to ignore the health aspects when you are out of town. Traveling and maintaining health at the same time needs a balance between outlooks and showing suppleness.
Though you need to make the most of any time, from working out at 5 AM just before catching a flight, to doing neck or back exercises on a plane. This is the flexibility traveling demands from every traveler and in order to look smart and gorgeous during your time on the road in a foreign country, being flexible is the best way. So, to guide our readers how to stay healthy, look smart and amazing, we have discussed 10 tips that can work out with any traveler at any destination.
But before we present our tips, it is important to clear some big delusions people to own about staying fit while traveling. Majority of the people think that their philosophy or working out and cheat days are applicable to their traveling schedule too, but that is not true. Since your normal diet and workout humdrum is not available, it is important to create another diet and workout plan that compliments your traveling and health at the same time.
Traveling itself is a like a medicine for your mind and soul. If you are a traveler at heart and also work behind a desk, you know the core value of traveling. It opens your mind and let all the positivity take control of you. You also tend to rediscover your purpose of life and become more tolerant. Although many impressive explorations cost a lot of bumps, stress, bruises, and germs, it is always tantalizing to leave the comfort of home behind and wander in the wild. Although traveling heals your mind and soul, we can tell you how to keep your body smart and gorgeous during traveling. Read all 10 ways to look smart and maintain health during traveling.
But first, before we start, let us tell you the most important travel tip to keep a check on your bank account’s health when traveling. Always book your flights with the help of any travel agency which offers a flight comparison on their platform, so you can book cheapest flights anywhere in the world.
Take some time to do traveling yoga
Traveling takes a toll on your body, mind and eating habits. To always keep it fine-tuned, it is imperative to learn traveling yoga and practice it almost on daily basis. It can help you with blood circulation and mend the quality of sleep. It also directly affects your mood, which can further enhance your traveling experience. When you do travel yoga, it can also attract other travelers around you to try it, and with this much exposure, you can easily make some new friends.
Yoga can also maintain a sense of body balance, which can not only help you stay fit and keep your body in a perfect shape but also lifts your spirit and energy high. The best thing about traveling yoga is that it is not that difficult to keep up. There are literally hundreds of online traveling yoga classes on YouTube and other video portals.
Yoga will relax your body and calm it down. It is not only a workout of your body but also of your spirit and mind, which will make you a good person in general. Yoga is all about patience too, which is a highly important virtue to possess when traveling. So make a habit of doing yoga daily on your travels and maintain some sanity, health, and smartness.
Hiking is the greatest travel exercise
From yoga to another form of travel workout, hiking is the best form of travel exercise. It is a beast in its very own way. Not only you can save money by opting to hike instead of more conventional traveling, you can also freshen your mind, enhance stamina, keep your stomach working properly, burn calories and much more. Walking and hiking is a way to communicate with nature. Although it tires you a bit, you should just try it, as there are multiple sceneries that are cut off from the main roads. Enjoy those out of route breath-taking views by hiking between 2 certain places.
Suppose you live in the UK, where your daily habit is to take an underground train or a double-decker to work. And you are planning to visit a place like Stockholm, where hiking can be done around the city due to its compactness. We recommend you to take one, or multiple flights to Sweden from London (if you choose to travel in a connecting flight), and only a taxi to your hotel and no other means of traveling in a car, train or bus after that. Just walk, hike or even run in Stockholm and see all the landmarks it has to offer. Same applies to the majority of cities around the world if you are up for it.
Although walking and hiking are two different words with separate meanings, they are a form of exercise. You work out your heart, muscles, and joints when you hike. Sometimes a traveling trip may force you to eat more at any place, the best way to burn those unwanted calories is to hike.
Getting enough sleep
When you are traveling, sleep is the most crucial phase and unfortunately, everyone struggles with it. It is the root cause of all the stress, illness and disfiguration which is a norm when traveling. If you don’t get enough sleep, particularly when traveling through different time zones, it can unbalance your whole routine, which is the last thing anyone wants on a trip.
It is awkward to undervalue how imperative it is to get ample sleep while traveling. You can only get a good quality of sleep, on a soft bed when you are on a city break, as most backpacking travel is a marathon. But with a swift conditioning of your mind, aided by hiking and yoga, and continuous physical stress can get your body too tired. So you will welcome a recharge of an 8-hour sleep. Not only your sleep can enhance your time zone variations, it can also enhance your body processes like blood circulation, energy restoration, and digestion.
By only eating a balanced and healthy diet, there are so many health-related issues that you can easily avoid, reduce and fix. Although eating healthy food while you are traveling may require some discipline, but for the sake of a great traveling experience, staying healthy and focused, everyone should be up for this sacrifice.
Although you can keep some high carbohydrate snacks when hiking in remote places, we still suggest you not to ignore keeping nutritious foods, as they are essential to maintaining a proper dietary balance. You can eat local fruits and vegetables when traveling in a particular country, as it is the best source of getting nutrition. It will also help you to acclimatize to the local environment.
Other than fruits and vegetables, you can eat hard-boiled eggs, pre-cooked sweet potatoes, raw milk, cheese, yogurt, chocolates, dates, dry fruits, seafood, salads and etc.
Setting up a perfect routine and following it to the core
Traveling has a wonderful appeal of impulsiveness to it. One of the best things about it is that once you start traveling, you are not bounded by the daily routine you normally follow. But trust us when we say this isn’t a right practice to keep during your traveling, as to keep your spirits up about looking smart and healthy, you should always follow a routine. Before heading out on any trip, always formulate a routine which suits your itinerary well and is nearly perfect. Then follow it everywhere, you can also keep a tab to check out every point until it becomes easy to remember every little detail about your traveling routine.
Always plan a little in advance by anticipating everything. From your changing nature, traveling mode, accommodation, worst case scenarios, and the food you will end up eating. Maintaining a routine of some sort will help you control your body and mind. It will also keep you comparatively free from any stress, for the adventures you are having the adventures you are going to have in the future. So keep a good routine, and follow it to the core when traveling. The biggest friend anyone can have on a journey is yourself and making a routine is just like keeping yourself creative, constructive and busy.
Always stay hydrated
Staying hydrated is important not only to look smart and gorgeous during your travels but also to stay healthy. You need to keep your body’s water level well above limit all the time. It sounds simple, but it is a scary fact that how quickly your health can deteriorate when your body’s water level is reduced beyond the normal.
When you are in a foreign country and backpacking between different cities, it could be the worst case scenario if you run out of water on a road. For this reason, you should always carry some water purification tablets, a portable filter, or any other relative gadget. Even if the quality of water is not satisfying to you, there are several measures you can practice, but never compromise on staying hydrated. Just make sure you carry an adequate amount of H2O all the time.
When we talk about scientific reality, a human body consists of a large portion of water. For instance, a 75 kg person has over 15 liters of water in their body. Every process in a living organism, from respiration and digestion to blinking of an eye takes some amount of water to perform. And if humidity decreases, a body uses even more water to carry out all the important functions.
Dehydration is a serious health issue, and for a traveler, nothing is more critical than that. It not just gives you wrinkles but also makes you feel thirsty, itchy, irritation and dryness. So always keep yourself hydrated during your travels.
Traveling is all about rediscovering and falling in love with yourself. You travel to treat yourself, and although selfishness is an inappropriate word to describe, you should pamper and value yourself. This doesn’t apply only when you are traveling, but since traveling is all about being happy, it is important to embrace this chance to make yourself better.
It is important to find a frugal way to pamper yourself. Although there are multiple ways to do so, we advise our readers to prefer only those means where you can be yourself to the core. Generally, people search for spare time in their travels to take care of themselves, it is imperative to take part in activities where you automatically treat yourself. Such as enjoying a city’s nightlife, or local cuisines.
You can acquire your favorite bath products, and spend a free day in bathtub treating yourself. You can also unplug all your connected devices, as some people get irritated with frequent calls from work, loved ones and friends, even if it isn’t in bad intent. Packing a swimsuit to dip in swimming pools and beaches is also a great idea to be yourself on any trip. This can not only erase unwanted stress but also cure depression.
Treat yourself with fresh air
The best way to make your skin glow naturally, and cleanse your soul is with the help of clean fresh air. When visiting any foreign country, you can end up in a completely different environment. Always prefer to take long walks and even your traveling yoga in an open environment with ample fresh air. It will not only rinse your heart, but also your skin, lungs, sentiments, and mood.
It doesn’t matter if you are in a very busy and populated city, there is always some secret green heaven in the form of a park which is less crowded at a particular time of the day. Do this huge favor and take yourself to this place and enjoy the serenity. Experience the gorgeousness of nature and take yourself in the state of bliss. A good health is a home to a beautiful body. Treating yourself with fresh and clean air will only make you more beautiful.
Always pack lighter
It is important to keep only those things in your backpack which you certainly need, and are not available to the place where you are traveling to. A single kg can put extra pressure on your knees and joints, which can further result in stress and burden. We don’t recommend you to lift or pull extra weight, as a tired body is far from being beautiful and smart.
Traveling is a bundle of joyful experiences on one side, on the other, it is a burden on a human body. To minimize that burden on your body and soul, you need to pack a light rucksack or bag. Lose some kg here and there and try to avoid muscle cramps, back and shoulder pain, and extra bit of responsibility.
Exploit natural medications
There are numerous natural medications to fight illness, sleep deprivation, stomach bugs and other common health issues. When you are traveling, the last thing you want is to fell ill in a foreign country. But if you cannot avoid it, we recommend using natural remedies to counter any illness. You can also carry nutrition supplements with you all the time, as they offer high energy and helps to avoid common diseases that are caused due to vitamin and mineral deficiency. In this way, you can not only combat sickness but also boost a fresh, glowing skin.
Natural remedies also help to enhance the natural immune system to fight diseases. Keep some probiotics or any other chewable meds to counter any reaction in the body. You can also keep essential oils in your backpack, as they act as a natural medicine without any side effects. They are extracted from antioxidants and consists of anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial features, which helps cure nausea, pain, sleep issues and energy level.
No matter where you travel, the sun will always follow you. So it is important to keep a sunscreen or any other form of sun protection all the time in your backpack. You should also use sunglasses and cover all the parts of your body with proper clothing in order to avoid sunburns and ultraviolet rays. Always try to use those products that are natural and organic, so they don’t leave any carbon footprint on the environment.
With this tip, you can not only save yourself with sunburns and UVRs, you can also maintain your skin’s moisture in the heat. It will enhance the beauty of your skin and make you look more desirable.
Daniyal Buksh, a professional content strategist and digital marketer, had the courtesy to write this article for Grazia e Gioia. You can have a look at her website: www.dwtltd.com.
Thanks for reading, Girls, we wish you a GORGEOUS SUMMER!
Hope you enjoyed these helpful advice!
Tell me more about yourself! Where are you going this summer? What’s your own travel routine?