This is the year you’re going to do it, right? You’ve saved, you picked the place and you’ve even set a date. But you are worried you won't be able to find healthy, vegetarian or special diet friendly food while away from home, right? Well, here are a few easy tips to help you get to your dream destination, regardless of your dietary restrictions!
- Know before you go - The internet is your friend before a trip. You can look up restaurants in the area that cater to special diets as well as where to dine while traveling. Planning where you will eat during a layover will cut time of running around in hopes to find something that suits your diet plus, if you know ahead of time that there are little to no options, you can pack some goodies in your carry-on.
- Diet-friendly lodging - Do your best to stay at healthy and special diet friendly hotels. An easy web search prior to booking travel will help you find out if there are any bed and breakfasts or hotels that cater to special diets. This way you at least know that your morning meal is covered and you can start the day on the right foot.
- Pack attack- Depending where you are going the world, eating healthy is easier in some spots then others. However, pack some supplies for emergencies and snacks to pack in your purse of bag day to day while away. High quality, healthy bars are lightweight and easy to pack. A case of bars fits nicely in a checked or carry-on bag. Protein and drink powders are also smart to keep you full in a pinch. For remote situations or camping, dehydrated veggie meats, and miso soup packets are perfect for whipping up a quick meal.
- Bring your own bottle - Always, always, always bring your own water bottle. For health and hydration but also to keep plastic bottles out of the landfills. I don’t leave home without my reusable glass bottle!
- Drink your veggies - When traveling, being sure to keep your health and immune system in proper working order is key. Sometimes it's tough to get in a great salad or big plate of veggies so opt to bring a vitamin packed veggie powder that you can mix in water and drink up. My fave is Go Greens by ToGo Brands as each packet, mixed with 8ounces of water, is the equivalent to 6 servings of veggies!
- When in room– Make use of what appliances you have available in your room and prep meals there by keeping left overs on ice and using your coffee pot to heat up food and soups! Packing a flexible cutting board and small knife can really be useful in helping you not only save money but make snacks for long adventurous days ahead in the case that finding food out and about is scarce.
- Local Yokel - Get to know your area such as local markets and stores where you can stock up on produce and simple ingredients to prep food in your room. It is so much better to load up on local produce and fruit for snacks instead of opting for packed junk food like chips and cookies! Get to know local foods and cultures by checking out nearby farmers markets and taste testing their goods!
- Take walking or bike tours – When traveling, it’s fun to do some touristy stuff and take guided tours. Look for walking or biking tours so that you get some exercise in and steer clear of gas guzzling buses. Good for you and good for the planet!
- Don't break from your routine- Ok, so you might not be able to hit the gym every day or eat as healthy as you like but letting yourself go completely while away makes it much more difficult to return to normalcy upon your return home. If you can squeeze in some stretching, a brisk walk and most importantly, being mindful of what you eat, you will thank yourself later!
- Enjoy yourself - Don't be afraid to be adventurous and soak in all a vacation has to offer. So long as you're prepared, have food packed or know where you will be dining from day to day, get out and there and have fun!
Wherever you go on your next trip, enjoy it worry free and healthily! For more information, visit www.HealthyVoyager.com