Hello hello my friends! Today is an incredibly special day, because I’m sharing my vacation/travel guide collaboration with Hanna of Hanna The Healthiest Me just in time for summer holidays. Hanna’s best vacation tips are below, and I gotta brag on her a bit, because they’re fantastic, and so is she. Ya gotta check her out. Read this post and then head over to Hanna’s blog to read my top tips for traveling healthy! Check that out here.
Hi everyone in Kennedy’s world! I’m Hanna and I am a nutrition student, food blogger, and recipe developer at Hanna The Healthiest Me. As passionate as I am about food and nutrition today, it took me quite a while to truly find what made me happy. Through much of my teenage years, I struggled with having a healthy relationship with both my body and food. After years of under-eating and over-working my body, I decided enough was enough… so I ate everything in sight and gained an unhealthy 25 pounds and lots of anxiety.
My story continues to where I am today, just living each and everyday as The Healthiest Me. I saw both sides of the spectrum, gained and lost weight, and realized there is so much more to life than looking good. I could not be more grateful for everything that happened because it led me to where and who I am today. I wouldn’t have started blogging and creating again, which means I wouldn’t have met Kennedy and have had this amazing opportunity to talk to all of you! With that being said, I’m so excited to share with all of you my tips on how to stay healthy, find the balance, and enjoy life while traveling!
Vacation Tip #1: Plan It Out
For some, traveling and going on vacation means complete and udder freedom from any sense of reality. But for many of us who live a certain lifestyle 90% of the time, it’s not that simple. By no means is there anything wrong with enjoying vacation time and living like calories aren’t real, but I can say from experience, that high only lasts for so long before some self-conscious guilt comes into play. So what’s a gal to do when she wants a little bit of both? Easy, just plan!
Now I don’t mean you need to research menus and find the lowest calorie options at a once in a lifetime, five-star beach restaurant. What I do mean is, instead of eating or drinking a ton of not-so-great foods throughout the day, save that for your big glorious night out. Consuming less and better for you calories throughout the day, will give you a little wiggle room for a treat-filled night, plus you won’t need to feel guilty! Finding balance while on vacation doesn’t mean you have to order a healthy meal every time you go out. All it means is planning your meals accordingly so you don’t stray too far away from a lifestyle you really do love.
Vacation Tip #2: Live A Little
If you’re the complete opposite of what we just talked about, this one’s for you! Live a little girl! Let go of that strict diet and workout regimen – sleep in and enjoy some pancakes with your fam! If you’re thinking, “Easier said than done,” then I hope this helps.
Vacation should be a time of pure bliss, happiness, and wonder. It’s the perfect time to experience new things, try new foods, and most importantly appreciate you. We all work so hard for the perfect body or to follow the perfect diet leading up to vacation, but we often forget to live a little once we get there. These are the times that you’re going to look back on and either think, “I wish I would have” or “I’m really glad I did.” And I’ve been in both boats, but believe me, I never regret the things I eat or the pounds that I gain when enjoying new places. Having a healthy relationship with food goes beyond what you consume on the regular. It has to be a healthy practice each and everyday, no matter what the circumstances. Life is rarely a routine and as much as you might love your own routine, you have to learn how to happily deal with the curve balls.
Vacation is a time to ignore the calories here and there. It’s a time to enjoy, appreciate, and reward yourself and all of your hard working leading up to that point. Whether you plan too much or don’t plan enough, vacation is a time to live it up, listen to your body, and treat yo’ self!
Vacation Tip #3: Stay Moving
Exercising and staying active on vacation might be the last thing you want to do, but believe me; it will keep you feeling your absolute best! A simple walk on the beach or even a fun circuit will help to burn some calories, release some feel good hormones, and just make you feel that much better.
One of my favorite things to do on vacation is finding an exploring new towns or even just walking through farmers markets. Walking is one of my favorite, and in my opinion, most effective ways to burn calories without even realizing it. Whether it’s sight seeing, going to a hike, or even just walking around a nearby town – it’s so refreshing, relaxing, and easy to keep yourself active.
Vacation Tip #4: Drink Your Water
Water is one of the most important beverages while on vacation! If you’re thinking “what about my pina colada?!” or even “Um hello, coffee??” – those are both super valid points and I agree they are up there, but definitely not thee most important! Our bodies are made up of at least 70% water and it plays a role in just about every function of life. Water is essential for proper digestion, absorption, and secretion of nutrients and minerals. Without enough of it, we dehydrate our bodies and tend to feel bloated, tired, and can even suffer from headaches. I’m sure that’s the exact opposite of how you want to feel while on vacay!
You don’t need to keep up with the whole gallon rule, but it is important that you’re drinking at least 2 liters per day. I love buying a large bottle of Smart Water (or any 1+ liter bottle) and just refilling it throughout the day. Whether you’re soaking up the sun or hiking along the west coast, it’s crucial that we’re giving our bodies the proper minerals it needs in order to function at its best.
Traveling, going on vacation, and spending time away with your loved ones is the perfect time to just sit back, relax and cherish each and every moment. Being conscious of your health and striving for the healthiest you possible is beyond incredible, and something you should always take pride in. However, these two worlds often times don’t mesh well and for some of us, it’s harder to find that perfect balance. We want to stick to our routine and maintain our happy healthy bodies, but we also want to enjoy ice cream and pie from locals without feeling guilty. Luckily it is easier than it looks and by following these four tips – it is definitely possible!
Planning of a big meal is a great way to reduce overall calories for the day and even for the week. If you know you are heading out for drinks, dinner, and dessert – maybe have a light breakfast ad lunch so you aren’t feeling stuffed all day. This will also ensure you aren’t consuming an overabundance of calories and leave you feeling bloated. On the other side of the spectrum, sometimes we just need to live! You wont regret the things you ate and the flavors you experienced, but you might regret not having them at all. Vacation is the perfect time to forget the strict diet and just go for it!
When it comes to working out and drinking water, these two things will always make you feel better. So if you’re on day three of your vacay and just cant fight the bloat anymore, drink a lot of water and go for a long walk on the beach. I guarantee you will feel better within an hour!
Like I said before, there is a line of balance within every situation, and when on vacation, it’s a bit harder to find. However, it’s not impossible and with these tips, it is very doable! Forget about feeling guilty or trying to join a gym for five days – just plan things out, eat accordingly, take a walk, and drink some water.
Thank you all of tuning in and reading my favorite vacation tips! I had so much fun working with Kennedy and I’m so grateful for this opportunity. Be sure to let us know of your favorite vacation tips or even if you’ve used this tips in your past experience!
Kennedy here again–thanks so much to Hanna for working with me and sharing her wisdom and charisma with my readers. Now hop on over to my post on Hanna’s blog to read my top travel tips!