I just returned from a whirlwind work trip to Connecticut. I had never been there, so even though it was quick, it was fun to at least see part of the state.
We had a lovely dinner at Cava, a cute Italian restaurant in Southington. When we were seated at our table, the decor of the room literally took my breath away. Throughout the restaurant, they used 40,000 Christmas lights total. Everything was just gorgeous.
I used to approach traveling quite differently than I do today. When I was younger, and traveled less, I’d take the opportunity to eat fast food (which my family didn’t eat a lot of) if we were in airports and fast food or gas station “treats” if it was a road trip. While I do still enjoy some Sour Patch Kids every once in awhile, I obviously feel so much better when I don’t go so overboard. So here are just a few things that I try and make sure to do while traveling:
Tips to healthy traveling
Skip the tram – I do my best to allow time at the airport to walk where I need to go, if possible, instead of taking a tram between terminals or concourses.
Order smart – not any different than when I’m not traveling, just something I have to remind myself. Watching portion sizes and asking for sauces and dressing on the side can help.
Hydrate – traveling always dehydrates me so I try to stay on top of my water intake. I’ve started bringing a water bottle with me on trips (empty, of course, to get through security) and if you’re flying, a lot of airports have water bottle filling stations now.
Snack smart – depedning on your travel schedule, it can often be difficult to get in a meal while traveling. And then, once you can finally eat, (if you’re like me) you’re starving and might not make the best decisions. I find that if I can make smart snacking decisions, I’ll make better meal decisions as well. Some of my favorites include: trail mix, Kind bars, dried fruit, almonds, and so on. And if I’m really on top of my game, I’ll pack this stuff and bring it with so I don’t have to pay so much for it at the airport.
Do a little research – before I go on any trip, I try and figure out how I’m going to get my workout on. The first (and easiest) option is if the hotel has a gym. Sometimes this is a deciding factor for me if I’m going to stay at that particular hotel or not. Other times, I don’t have a choice in a hotel so I will then look at option two: running outside! Even if the hotel has a gym, running outside is a great way to see a new place from a cool perspective. And a lot of hotels are now offering running/walking maps or of course, there’s the running concierge program that Westin Hotels have started. But safety first! If these aren’t options, working out in your room (if the hotel has DVD players, you could bring a home workout DVD along) or seeing if there’s a local gym or studio to take a class. And sometimes hotels have deals with local gyms and have free passes for their guests.
With all of that said, my favorite thing to do when I am in a new city is to check out their food scene. And since I’m traveling so healthy, I make sure to take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves. Example from my Connecticut trip (sadly, I was too full to partake in dessert, but normally I’d be all over that!):
What’s your #1 tip for healthy traveling?