As more and more countries re-open their borders for holiday-makers, there are some things we need to consider in order to stay healthy while traveling.
No one likes to catch a cold while traveling, and this is truer than ever with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Whether you are traveling to your next tropical holiday destination abroad or traveling somewhere more local, we have some tips to help you stay healthy while on holiday.
1) If you are flying, avoid the aisle seats
Of course the isle seat gives you some much-needed leg room, but some studies have shown that those sitting in the isle might be more exposed to germs, especially from people moving back and forth to the lavatories.
Although airplane air is circulated through filters that remove most bacteria and viruses from the air, you can still be directly exposed from the people around you.
2) Get your rest
There is plenty to see and do when you are on holiday, but you should make sure to prioritise your sleep. When you cross time zones, your circadian rhythm becomes disrupted, which in turn can impact your immune system.
Try to sleep on the airplane and align this sleep with the new time zone. Drink plenty of water, and when you land, spend time outside. This will help boost your immune system. Even if you aren’t tired, match your sleeping schedule with the new time zone.
3) Stay Hydrated
It can be easy to forget to drink water when you are exploring a new destination, trying local drinks, or indulging in fancy coffees.
It is important that you stay hydrated. One easy way to remind yourself to drink water is to carry a water bottle with you on your adventures. You should also start your morning with some water, before you hit the buffet breakfast.
4) Be aware of what you are consuming
Are you traveling to a less developed country, or a country with a lot of street vendors? You should make sure to always eat food that was properly prepared.
If the tap water in the country is not safe to drink, it is best to avoid ice cubes or food that was kept cold on ice as well.
Also, keep moderation in mind. Stick to your healthy eating habits from back home (with the occasional indulgence) to prevent yourself from feeling sluggish. Make sure to eat balanced meals when possible, and try to steer clear from overconsumption of alcohol and caffeine.
5) Get moving
Holidays are for relaxing, and the thought of being active might not sound like the ideal holiday for you.
By incorporating some type of physical activity into each day – even if it is just a 20 minute walk on the beach – you will feel amazing and revitalised.
Pay a visit to the hotel gym, ride a bike to your next tourist adventure, or do some stretches in your bed. Not only will your immune system functioning improve, but your body will release endorphins which will make you feel amazing.
6) Apply sunscreen
Even on overcast days the sun can do some damage, so try to apply sunscreen on days you know you will be outside. We recommend applying SPF 30 or higher. If possible, carry a hat with you on your adventures, and if you plan to lounge in the sun, keep an umbrella close at hand.
We all need a break sometimes. Whether you are traveling far or indulging in a staycation, your health should be top priority during your holiday.
The 6 tips above will help you have a fun holiday and reduce your risk of getting a nasty bug while enjoying your time off.