I maintain pretty healthy habits at home.
Therefore, to stay healthy while traveling, I simply eat, sleep, and exercise the same way I do as if I were at home.
I like to practice intermittent fasting daily. I skip breakfast in the morning and have black coffee. (If I’m on vacation I might treat myself to a low-calorie latte instead without any noticeable negative consequences).
I get sufficient micronutrients by eating 4–5 servings of fruits and vegetables at home. So when I’m traveling, I try to do the same. I order salads as an appetizer and veggie sides at restaurants as much as possible to get my micros.
I don’t overeat. I’ve had trouble with this in the past because it’s so tempting to stuff your face into oblivion when surrounded by amazing food while traveling. But I’ve managed to get this under control lately.
I simply remember that the travel experience will be much better without the heartburn, digestive issues, bloating, and lack of energy that inevitably comes with stuffing my face.
At home, I go to bed early enough to ensure I can get 8 hours of sleep before I have to wake up. Same principle when I’m traveling.
Since I usually don’t have to wake up at 6am when I’m on vacation, this gives me the flexibility to stay up a little later if I want, but not until 3am like a coked out college student.
If I’m tired, I just go to bed at a reasonable hour. I don’t care what’s going on. New Years Eve? Meh. Fireworks? Seen them before and they are all the same.
Sleep is extremely important to counter the added stress that arises as a result of travel. The good news is that I’ve found I actually sleep much better in nice hotels.
I go to the gym at home, so I go to the gym when I travel. My workout might be shorter, but that’s okay. Hotel gyms may not have all the equipment I want, but they have enough for me to do something – and keeping that habit consistent is what matters the most.
I also try to walk 8,500 steps per day at home, so I do the same when I travel. Usually if I’m on vacation, I end up walking a lot more than usual, so this isn’t that hard to do.
I didn’t always practice healthy habits when I traveled, but I’ve worked hard to solidify these habits at home.
I’ve found once these habits are ingrained deeply enough, they are easier to take with you no matter where you are.
First published on Quora.