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Traveling can be exciting and fun. But it can also be stressful and leave you feeling under the weather. Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do to keep yourself healthy and stress free the next time you hit the road.

Whether you are heading off on vacation, business or visiting relatives for a holiday, traveling can be one of life’s greatest adventures. It can also be a headache. Regardless of whether you are traveling by plane or car, you may have a few obstacles come your way. But there are plenty of ways you can increase your chances of having a nice travel experience.  

Maintaining Good Health On Your Travels

Nothing ruins a trip faster than becoming sick. But unfortunately it is not uncommon to catch a cold or develop traveler’s diarrhea during a vacation. In some cases, your immune system may not be at its strongest.  For example, traveling can be stressful, and stress can make you more susceptible to illness.  

Traveling might also mean being around large crowds on tours and airplanes, which exposes you to a million germs. Additionally, some people tend to be on the go every minute and get a bit rundown while traveling. But there are many things you can do while traveling to stay healthy.

Bring hand sanitizer or disinfect wipes.  

If you are flying, consider wiping germy areas, such as your tray table and armrest.

Use hand sanitizer after getting change, touching handrails and using ATMs.  

Wash your hands. Nothing replaces the basics, and that means washing your hands frequently, especially before you eat.  

Direct the overhead vent on the airplane downward instead of at your face. You’re not getting fresh air on a plane. The air from the vent can potentially have droplets from all the coughing and sneezing you hear on your flight.  

Watch what you eat. Depending on where you are traveling, consider drinking only bottled water. Additionally, skip foods sold by street vendors and only eat foods, which are well-cooked.

Fitness and Nutrition On The Road

Staying healthy also means getting enough exercise.

While you may want a little break from your regular fitness routine, it is important to still stay active.

Just because you are on vacation does not mean you have to suddenly become a couch potato.

Many hotels have fitness centers where you can get a workout in at your convenience. Working out can help you sleep better, strengthen your immune system and de-stress after all the hassles of getting to your destination.

If you want a break from the gym, consider engaging in some outdoor activity. A vacation is a time to try new things and make fitness fun. So whether you play tennis, golf, hike or bike, get out and get moving.

Another great way to stay active while traveling is to take a walking tour.

You will get the chance to explore while getting some exercise. If you are more of the adventurous type, sign up for rock climbing lessons or paddle boarding.

Maintaining a relatively healthy diet is also a good idea while traveling. Although you may want to indulge a little, eating a lot of unhealthy, fatty, sugary or fried foods may leave you feeling uncomfortable. Stick to mostly healthy meals with a few treats.

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