How to Avoid Travel Burnout and Travel Healthier

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Replace every liquid you drink with water

We all know staying hydrated when you travel should be of the upmost importance, but for the amount of walking we do daily we’re likely to not be drinking nearly as much water as we should. To give your body what it needs and avoid filling your body with chemical-ridden soft drinks, aim to replace every drink you have with water. You’ll stay hydrated and feel x10 better without any effort required.

Get a good night of rest every night

 There’s something to be said for a good night’s rest. If you ask me, it will cure just about anything. When you travel it can become tempting to want to make every minute count, stay out late and get up early. But by doing this you run the risk of burning out and becoming ill or not enjoying each activity nearly as much as you would if you weren’t so tired. Don’t forget to ensure you have a good night of rest every night (if not then most) as it will make your overall experience much more enjoyable and rewarding.

Search online in advance

 If you have a food allergy or just prefer to eat healthily, be sure to do your research and planning before your trip or before you leave your hotel for the day. That way you can ensure you don’t end up just ‘grabbing what you can’ and end up feeling guilty for it when you realise you’ve eaten nothing but take away food all day! 

Cut down on Carbs and Up the Protein

Another way to ensure you don’t feel guilty about your diet (or lack thereof) is not to fall for the trap of overeating carbs because they’re cheap or easily accessible. Be sure to maintain your protein levels to ensure you have sustained energy and are eating lots of the good stuff!

Moisturize your Skin

It’s easy to forget the little things when you travel and they certainly have a way of creeping up on you. Try to remember to moisturise your skin as often as you remember, as it will leave you feeling fresh and your skin hydrated. This is particularly important if you’re out in the sun all day soaking up sun rays – there’s nothing more regrettable down the track in life if you don’t take good care of your skin!

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Force Yourself to Go Outside and Explore

So you want to keep fit but don’t want to spend your time indoors at a gym or ‘working out’? Easy. Get outdoors! Nearly every activity you will engage in outdoors will require a higher level of exercise than the norm – so it’s a great way to exercise without having to actually exercise.

Eat more veggies and fruit

If your diet is lacking in substance, switch to veggie for a while and eat raw when you can. Fruit and veg are full of all the good stuff your body needs – so you know you can’t go wrong! Fruit also has a high water content which is very important when you travel to rehydrate your body.

Always always always wash your face morning and night

Having trouble with your skin while abroad? Chances are you’re not following a skin routine because a) you forgot or b) you’re so tired at night that you choose not to bother. But if you want to keep your skin fresh and clean, be sure to wash your face morning and night and perhaps even exfoliate if you can!

Avoid Air Conditioning

Skin breakouts, dull skin and sickness is more often than not the cause of air conditioning. This is a breeding ground for diseases so do your best to avoid air conditioning at all times! When it is unavoidable (such as on planes), be sure to drink plenty of water in an effort to avoid falling ill. Sometimes it is of course inevitable so take some cough tablets or medicine to shake it before it hits!

Have Down Days

Finally, it’s important not to try and jam pack every day with activities and sightseeing. Why? Because you need a day here or there to actually enjoy the destination you’re visiting and soak it up! Be sure to schedule in a few down days to relax and unwind.

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    Alejandra Mera
    October 25, 2014 at 8:56 am

    I agree with most points, but carbohydrates are actually the main supply of energy for our bodies (our brains run primarily on glucose). Fruits and veggies are rich in complex carbs and they’re the best source of energy for us. I do think that maybe you meant refined carbs (white bread, white rice) which are not healthy to eat in excess, because you mention to eat fruits and veggies later 🙂

    Will - The Luxe Travel
    October 14, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Hi Brooke,

    Some really great tips here, for me the most important part is water and moisturiser! Also couldn’t agree more than keeping out of the air conditioning, always make you sick!


    Izy Berry - The Wrong Way Home
    October 13, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Great tips! I’m terrible at drinking water.

    Jodi Duncan
    October 13, 2014 at 10:09 am

    These are some really great tips! My blog is all about balancing healthy living while traveling, and I can say you covered all the bases in this post. Thank you!
    xo, jodi

    October 11, 2014 at 3:23 am

    I’m currently doing a huge trip around Europe and back to Argentina before going back to new Zealand, we are trying to get as many countries and as many things as possible and I can tell from current experience its easy to feel the burn out. Currently I’m taking a dew days off but I wish I’ve read this tips earlier.


    October 9, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    I could not agree with this more. On my fifth week in Asia (I have been travelling since January), I am feeling a little off centre and can totally relate to these feelings and preventative cures.

    Very well said 🙂

    Best holiday destinations
    October 9, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Nice information to care yourself. thanks for posting nice views.

    Amir @ExperieceClass
    October 9, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Good advice!

    They say that by the time you ‘feel’ thirsty you’re already dehydrated – it’s normally good to travel with a bottle of water – and research in advance if the place your visiting has potable water (many countries/towns do not).

    Also, fruit and veggies are key, but often you need to go outside of the familiar and try the local, seasonal produce. Better, healthier, and an adventure to boot!

    October 9, 2014 at 10:00 am

    moisturizing your skin is so important — always used to forget but keep an extra in my travel pack now. solid tips!


    Is It French?
    October 7, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    so basically, don’t go off the track like you wouldn’t if you were home, which is good thing to point out since many people think that traveling is pressing pause on their life, health and everything else.

    October 7, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Very useful post. I have just found your blog and it is so inspiring!


    October 7, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    I take multivitamin supplements when i am traveling. It keeps my energy levels high, too 🙂

    October 7, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Thanks for sharing, in my experience you are so right with these tips, it’s so easy to forget about our diet when on the move. And don’t even get me started on the skin care routine, new environment, different water…cocktail for breakoutgeddon!


    October 7, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Great tips! I especially agree with the Moisturize, Drink Plenty of Water, and (especially!) Get Enough Sleep! I think sleeping cures all ails, and even when I went to Ibiza just a few weeks ago (hello, party city!) I made sure to always get 8 hours of sleep! Awake, alive, and quick-minded is the best way to enjoy a trip in my opinion! Taking care of the skin and hydration are also necessary.

    One of my favorite things to do when I visit countries is to look at their pharmacies/beauty stores to see what unique skin care products I can find that the U.S. doesn’t offer!

    October 7, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Totally agree. The last one is something that took me a while to realize that it’s ok to have down days, that it is ok to do nothing and relax. Not every day needs to be busy and packed with activities. Sometimes less is more. I tended to squeeze in everything and did not appreciate it that much anymore. To plan a few down days is very important.

    Sky Envy
    October 7, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Thanks for these very important tips! Water and hydration are ALWAYS important. They’re at the top of my list. Thanks for sharing!

    October 7, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Great tips – personally I also like to travel with a resistance band and skipping rope, which can be great for small mini workouts when you travel without taking up much room.

    Rashgmaal Bloodman
    October 7, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Great tips.. Love your posts.

    October 7, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Thanks for this list! I’ve recently been traveling a lot for work and have found it SO easy to pick-up a Diet Coke instead of refilling my water bottle. I’ve definitely noticed being wiped out and worn down these past weeks, so your list is so timely for me!

    Lee @ Modern Granola
    October 7, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Good advice. My biggest problem is having down days. It’s hard to not go out when I’m in such a beautiful and interesting new place! But it will still be interesting and beautiful tomorrow, and it’s worth it to rest up and not overdo it. Thanks for the post. I really like your blog 🙂

    October 7, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Great advice!


    Marie @ Marie Away
    October 7, 2014 at 7:59 am

    I always try to make sure I am eating my “five-a-day” in terms of fruits and veggies. I find if I can manage that, the rest of my diet falls into place. I also make the effort to rent bicycles in many cities, it’s a great way to sightsee while also getting a bit of cardio in.

    I’m certainly guilty of not getting enough sleep while traveling. There’s sometimes a pressure to explore all day and party all night. I’ve found that I’d much rather have a drink or two and go to bed early so I can spend my energy on exploring. Reminding myself of that helps keep me in line!

    October 7, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Ah yep, the down days are super rewarding 😉

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