Disclaimer: ncapsulate® has kindly sponsored this post. Of course, all opinions are my own and I only recommend products I have used!
It’s easy to get caught up in the picture perfect idea of what travel looks like online. But let’s be honest, most of the time, travel doesn’t really look as glamourous as we make it out to be. Sometimes, there are upset tummies, plane and train delays, and stolen phones to deal with. It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind that is travel, and it’s unfortunately also super easy to neglect self care! And that’s the last thing we should neglect. Today, I’m sharing how to THRIVE on the road, so that even our experiences have our ups and downs, we can truly be #livingourbestlife.
Trust Your Gut
How many of you struggle with funny stomachs when you travel? For me, my digestion is ALL over the place. The past month, I’ve done quite a bit of relocating, and LET ME TELL YOU, my stomach was NOT happy. And I feel like when my gut isn’t happy, my skin and general mood aren’t as great, either.
One time, I was travelling for 5 weeks and I only went to the bathroom 3 times. I am not even kidding. My stomach was like a ROCK. This tends to happen every time I’m on the move for an extended period of time. I’ve had other travel friends whose bodies would work like clockwork every day, even if they were travelling. I’ve heard people say probiotics and other digestive supplements were lifesavers, and I never really believed it… well, I started doing my research and I decided I wanted to try some out, so when ncapsulate® reached out to me, I was really excited to give them a go!
I’m taking their gut maintenance program and I truly think this has made a difference. I am now using the bathroom regularly, and as a result, I’ve become a LOT less bloated, which is always appreciated.
The pills vary in sizes – the probiotics are TINY and the fibre pills are the biggest, but they’re coated so they’re easy to swallow and they don’t taste bad at all. The program also includes these digestive enzymes. It takes me 5 seconds to take them and they’ve seriously helped make my gut feel loads better. Plus, I struggle a LOT with bloating, and waking up to a comparatively flat stomach has boosted my confidence tenfold.
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Fuel Your Body Right
It’s really difficult to eat well all the time when you’re on the road, but it’s such an important part of being able to ensure you’re health is top-notch. I’m NOT one to restrict my eating habits, so I really focus on adding nutritional foods to my diet and getting enough exercise in. When you’re constantly on the go, I think it’s really easy to just go with comfort foods that are familiar (looking at you, McDonalds!). I instead try to look for simple meals – a base of roast veg, potatoes or rice, and a protein is one of my favourite meals, and is usually pretty easy to find! Staying hydrated is another thing that I find really REALLY important. I’m generally quite bad at drinking water regularly and I find having a water bottle on me at all times forces me to sip! This is particularly important when you’re travelling in a hot climate. I notice a pretty significant difference in my skin and hair when I’m hydrated.
Sleep is also a really important part of my life when I travel. I know it’s really easy to get caught up with being in a new place and to put sleep aside, but it’ll help massively with cognitive function, energy the next day, and solidifying memory paths in your brain- you wanna remember all the amazing travels you’re doing, right?!
Slow travel has quickly become my absolute FAVOURITE kind of travel. It’s really important for me to be able to experience a culture and to really immerse myself in it, which I feel slow travel forces you to do. It’s also easier to create habits and to set a routine when you’re able to become familiar with a place. At least for me, I’ve found that routines help me stay healthy and accountable. While I’m living in California, I’ve been able to create a routine to stick to, which has helped me with some of my major health goals – waking up early, taking my probiotics and supplements, exercising, and then fueling myself with a balanced breakfast are only possible when I’ve started my routine!
At least for me, starting my day the same way (when possible) has helped me drive a little more organisation into my life. As a result, I’m able to be more mindful (scheduled journaling time!), healthy, and active. When I was living in Nepal, routine became really important to me. It helped me find comfort in the familiarities of my new home, which helped me adjust to all of the unexpected, incredible things that came my way.
Keep an Emergency Pouch!
I like to pack a little emergency bag with me wherever I go. I keep the bag as is, refill what I need when it runs out, and pop that bag into whatever backpack or suitcase I’m taking on my trip. I put EVERYTHING I could possibly need into this bag. I take OTC painkillers, motion sickness medication, immodium, laxitives, bandaids, some feminine products, chapstick, pesto bismol, a safety pin, 2 extra hair ties, Tiger Balm, and hand sanitizer in this bag. When you’re prepared for ANYTHING that comes your way, you are truly on top of it.
Make Time for Reflection
This is my last tip for thriving on the road. Sometimes, what we’re doing isn’t working. And other times, it’s REALLY working! I love to keep a journal and to write about what I’ve been up to, what changes I’ve made in my life, and all the little aspects of travel that I don’t want to forget. Being able to reflect on the things I’m seeing always helps me feel a little more gratitude, which typically reminds me how dang lucky I am, and THAT truly makes me believe that I’m thriving.
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