How to Keep Your Mind and Body in Shape While Traveling

Yoga in MalaysiaBy Kendra Thornton

Heading out of town for a business trip or vacation can be a stressful time, but you should really try to minimize this stress and focus on the experience of being in a new place. Here are a few tips that can help you stay mentally and physically prepared for whatever journey is ahead of you:

1. Keep it Nutritious

Nutrition is a very important factor to be conscious of when traveling, especially during the warmer summer months. When I travel alone, one of my top priorities is staying happy, healthy and focused, which is why I make sure that I bring along some nutritious snacks, like cut up fruit, trail mix and similar treats. These kinds of foods are easy to carry around and have the added bonus of helping regulate body temperature, which is ideal when you’re in a hot airport or on a warm hike!

2. Select the Right Hotel

You can find some hotels in W. Scottsdale, Arizona that offer complimentary yoga classes, even to those that aren’t staying at the hotel! They’ve created a partnership with Lululemon Athletica to make 60-minute Vino & Vinyasa classes available two times per month. Before I pick a place to stay, I like to skim through Gogobot’s travel review site to find places like this that offer similar perks. For example, when I went to California I found a ton of really great San Diego hotels by looking through their reviews! I found out that the Porto Vista hotel had sunset yoga on their rooftop terrace – how cool is that!

3. Don’t Slack on Your Yoga Time

Even if you’re about to head out for a vacation, business trip or family adventure, you don’t have to leave your yoga routine at home. Take a yoga mat, a few candles and some of your favorite tea with you to get your yoga on wherever you find yourself. A happy mind promotes a healthy trip, so feel free to set up your mat right in your hotel room!

4. Stress Doesn’t do Anyone Any Good

It’s no secret that flights rarely go off without a hitch, be it due to excessive turbulence or a rowdy passenger. So, in these situations, I like to help relieve stress by focusing on my breathing. A bit of meditation right in your seat can do wonders for travel anxiety. Just focus on your breathing or put on some relaxing music, let your thoughts pass and you’ll be feeling more at peace in no time.

5. Regulate Your Sleep

Find yourself jetlagged in a new time zone? Get used to your new surroundings by exploring as soon as possible. If the sun is out on a nice day, head over to the beach and soak up some rays! MacGregor of Yoga Journal attests that your internal rhythm is rested when spending time in the sunlight, so get to it!

Keep in mind that a vacation or trip should be enjoyable and stress-free, so utilize these tips and keep your mind and body in the best shape possible to maximize your fun!

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HeadShot 8.38.02 AMFormer Orbitz Director of Communications, Kendra is now a full time mommy of three. Before becoming a mom, she traveled all around the world – 28 countries on 6 continents. She has been quoted in the news about seasonal travel trends and destinations all over the United States, and she is excited to share some of her favorite tips on how to travel in a peaceful and balanced mindset.

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