1) PACK A WATER BOTTLE
I bring an empty water bottle with me. Why pay $2.00+ per bottle of water when you can bring your own bottle with you? When traveling I find that I tend to stay much less hydrated, and I finally figured out why. It’s because I’d just buy one bottle of water for the travel day and that’s what I would drink.. I would try to make it last the whole day so I wouldn’t have to go through the hassle of buying another one. Ever since I started bringing my own water bottle I’ve noticed just how much better it makes me feel when traveling. Plus, now there are some fountains to make filling up your bottle super easy.
2) BRING A SNACK
I pack some travel snacks. I don’t bring a ton because it’s not fun to carry around extra food, but it’s also not fun to eat junk that doesn’t make me feel good, or pay $12 for a “salad” of iceberg lettuce, cheddar cheese, a cucumber slice and ranch. I bring Shakeology with me. It makes me feel good. It provides more nutrients for my body than any food I can find in the airport and I have found time after time that it is more cost effective to bring this with me rather than get a sugar-filled coffee drink or smoothly.
3) TAKE A PICTURE TO REMEMBER THINGS
Think about it, you’re in a new place, there’s a lot going on, and sometimes it’s just hard to keep all those numbers and direction straight. But, what is one thing that most people always have with them? Their phone. So rather than writing down information on a piece of paper that could eventually get lost, just snap a quick picture on your phone.
4) TALK TO YOUR NEIGHBOR, OR AT LEAST SAY HELLO
Everyone has a story. You have a story and your neighbor has a story. I’m not saying be a pesk and ask your neighbor a ton of questions, or force a conversation when you just don’t feel like it. Instead say a friendly hello and you can gage is someone wants to chat some more or don’t. I recently chatted with some fascinating women on my departing flight to New Mexico. You can read about it here.
5) WALK WHEN YOU CAN
Chances are when traveling you’re not moving as much, are a little less hydrated than normal and your eating may feel a little “off.” So, walk as often as you can or feel like. After a day of sitting on our butts, followed by a tasty dinner we seized the opportunity of taking a walk with nice weather enjoying a beautiful sunset. Also, it’s a great way to chat and connect with those you are with. Who doesn’t love a walk ‘n’ talk?!
6) GET TO KNOW SOME OF THE CULTURE
Soak it all in. Open your eyes and look around. What do you notice? How is it like your home? What do you notice that’s different? Ask locals recommendations for best places to sight see, do and… my favorite… eat.
7) EXERCISE DAILY & TAKE CARE OF YOU
Just like walking as often as you can, make some time to move a little whether it be a workout in the gym, take the stairs in the hotel a couple times a day, or work in a few squats or lunges during that walk. Who doesn’t hate “getting back on track” after a trip? You feel a little softer, things jiggle where they don’t normally… but not if you incorporate just a little bit of movement each day or stick as closely to your healthy home routine.
**A bonus tip… have a Bloody Mary, because what fun is people watching at the airport without one?!
....screen time, that is.
Recently a little seed of an idea was planted in my head and ever since I heard about it, it just kept growing more and more. This January I joined a book club called "Better Than Before" based off the Gretchen Rubin book with that exact same title. In the group each of us pick one habit that we are going to work on for the month. While one of the book club member habits intrigued me, I just wasn't quite there yet. I read her blog post about it, admired her... but still I just wasn't ready.
I'm talking about being on my phone.
Honestly, it's always something that has bothered me. If I'm out with friends and notice that we are all on our phone, I will immediately put mine down just because I realize how absolutely silly we look. I feel very fortunate that I'm of the generation who grew up cell-phone-free but also am grateful for this awesome tool we literally have right at our fingertips. I feel as though I can appreciate the lost art of an engaged face to face conversation or know how fun it is to pick up the phone and TALK to someone rather than communication via text for hours on end.
Lately, my own personal phone usage has been bothering more than ever. Last night was the last straw. I always find myself looking at my phone out of sheer habit, whether it be that I'm bored (or I think I'm bored) or I'm procrastinating from completing a task.
Last night though, I could NOT fall asleep. So, I picked up my phone as a way to distract my brain. I thought, "sure, maybe I'll look at this until I'm tired and then I'll fall asleep." But it didn't work. The light bothered my eyes, and it just made my wheels spin more.
So, today starts a new challenge for myself. Tonight, I'm going to turn my alarm on for the morning, plug in my phone and be DONE looking at it by 9:30 p.m. That's it. That's the challenge I'm setting for myself. Seems simple enough, right? We'll see. It's worth a shot and I can't wait to see how it makes me feel.
Other things I am willing to try this week:
-Not be the first one to get out my phone when meeting up with friends
-Call someone this week when I think of them instead of text them
Who's with me? Who's up for the challenge?