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Your Fail-Safe Guide to Healthy Hotel Travel

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Traveling is one of life’s great adventures – a chance to explore foreign cities, meet new people, and try out alternative lifestyles. Whether you travel for work or pleasure, you probably know that exploring new territory can be as thrilling as it is occasionally draining. Why is that? For one, it gets us out of our routine…for better or for worse. We might escape the cares and worries of our daily life, but can also slack on fitness routines and healthy eating plans. But that’s the trade-off, right?

Well, not necessarily. More and more people are deciding that travel shouldn’t necessarily make us throw out healthy practices. Key to this is the ability of hotels and other accommodations to provide services and amenities that support healthy eating, fitness, mindfulness practices, and the like. But finding such places can be tricky.

Here are 5 sources to help you pick a hotel with the best healthy amenities to keep you fit and happy, even on the road:

Hotels with outdoor fitness amenities (Reuters)

 “StayWell” Hotel Rooms: Keeping You Healthy in Vegas (Forbes)

Hotels that offer yoga classes, fitness experts, and more (Well&Good NYC)

How to have a “green” hotel experience (Greatist)

Turn Your Hotel Room Into A Healthy and Budget Friendly Kitchen (Living Harvest)

 

So next time you find yourself away from home and in search of accommodation, keep in mind the kind of healthy amenities you’d like to find in a hotel. There are so many great offerings these days, and it won’t be hard to stay healthy and happy while you explore!

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18154748891333272199Are you ready for a healthy Vegas vacation?

The first of their kind in the world, Stay Well Rooms at the MGM Grand in Vegas are furnished with a number of amenities designed to maximize health, wellness, and relaxation. From dawn simulator alarm clocks, to state-of-the-art air and water purification systems, to aromatherapy, Stay Well rooms provide an unprecedented opportunity to have a healthy travel experience — even in Las Vegas. Designed by real-estate pioneer Delos Living, in conjunction with the Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Deepak Chopra, Stay Well will change the way you think about travel and hotel rooms. Learn more or book your reservation here.

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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How to Maintain A Healthy Diet on Vacation

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Vacation time is often an excuse to let healthy lifestyle habits relax a bit, if not go completely out the window. We let ourselves indulge, try new things, and get off a steady routine. And our healthy habits tend to suffer as a result. Many experts will tell you that the occasional indulgence can be quite good for your health – a sweet treat every now and then, a day sans exercise, etc. But getting too far off track from your routine can also create imbalance and lead to health and self-esteem issues.

What can we do, then, to maintain healthy habits – particularly healthy eating habits – while we are on vacation? Two quick essential tips: plan ahead and keep moving. If you have a backpack full of fruit, trail mix, and cut veggies, you won’t be so dependent on those taco trucks or crepe stands on every corner. And if you have a hankering for a croissant but arrange your day so that you’re walking two hours through the streets of Paris to get to that little patisserie, the indulgence will seem all the more rare and special.

Here’s a roundup that will be your go-to guide for healthy eating on the road:

Road Trip! Eat Healthy — anywhere (CNN)

10 Healthy Eating Travel Tips (Natural News)

5 Tips for Fun and Healthy Summer Travel with the Kids (Ace Fitness)

10 Healthy Habits For Travel (Tara Stiles – Huffington Post)

Eating Well and Staying Active While Traveling (Independent Traveler)

 

So remember: be prepared, keep moving, get creative, and don’t beat yourself up if and when you stray from the healthy routine. More important than maintaining a rigid diet plan is to act with intention and be confident in the decisions you make.

Are you traveling this summer? What tips do you have for maintaining healthy habits on the road?

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18154748891333272199-3Are you ready for a healthy Vegas vacation?

The first of their kind in the world, Stay Well Rooms at the MGM Grand in Vegas are furnished with a number of amenities designed to maximize health, wellness, and relaxation. From dawn simulator alarm clocks, to state-of-the-art air and water purification systems, to aromatherapy, Stay Well rooms provide an unprecedented opportunity to have a healthy travel experience — even in Las Vegas. Designed by real-estate pioneer Delos Living, in conjunction with the Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Deepak Chopra, Stay Well will change the way you think about travel and hotel rooms. Learn more or book your reservation here.

Healthy Travel: 5 Things to Look For When Choosing a Hotel

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Travel brings power and love back into your life. ― Rumi

Traveling brings a mix of adventure, invigoration, relaxation, and appreciation to our lives – I love it. However, more often than I care to admit, I return home feeling bloated, tired, and in need of a long overdue sweat session.

Can you relate to missed workouts, consuming way less fruits and veggies than normal, eating unhealthy foods in general (it’s not like you can cook your own meals), maybe having a few extra cocktails (or desserts, or both), and only getting so-so sleep? These are the not-so-fun parts of traveling that most of us don’t think about before the trip (afterwards our bodies won’t let us stop thinking about it).

The great news is that the hotel industry finally realized that many travelers want to maintain their healthy habits while on the road, and some hotels are now giving the whole guest experience a healthy makeover (thank you, thank you, thank you!). We thank you hotel gods.

Below are 5 things to look for in a healthy hotel:     

1.       Healthy Food Availability: Make sure the hotel offers healthy food options such as fresh fruit and vegetable juices, a variety of fruit options, fresh smoothies, or gluten-free and vegan meal options. Also, check to see if the hotel rooms have mini-fridges – it’s the perfect place to store healthy snacks you can bring with you our buy locally.

2.       Fitness Options: Many hotels are ramping up their guests’ fitness experiences by creating larger and better-equipped gyms, offering group classes, providing in-room yoga mats, or showing free on-demand fitness TV programs. They’re giving you everything you need to get your sweat on while away from home.

3.       Eco-Friendly Cleaning: Toxic cleaning products (still commonly used) can create a host of problems for our health. Health and wellness focused hotels understand this and choose to use eco-friendly cleaning products – to keep your room both clean and toxic-free.

4.       Hypoallergenic Bedding: We all need a good night’s rest (it’s not just for toddlers and kids), and being away from home often makes it more difficult. With hypoallergenic bedding, you don’t have to worry about itchy skin or any allergic reactions to the detergent or softener and can just focus on getting your beauty sleep.

5.       Healthy Extras: Some hotels provide some cool, healthy extras such as Vitamin C showers, aromatherapy, air filtration systems, and lighting designed to maintain your natural circadian rhythm even when you stay up late (you are on vacation, after all).

Next time you’re planning a vacation, check the hotel website or read customer reviews to find out which hotels keep your health and wellness in mind – and are worth your money. Then sit back and make the most of your well-deserved vacation.

Where are you planning or would like to travel next? Share in the comments below.  

 

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18154748891333272199Are you ready for a healthy Vegas vacation?

The first of their kind in the world, Stay Well Rooms at the MGM Grand in Vegas are furnished with a number of amenities designed to maximize health, wellness, and relaxation. From dawn simulator alarm clocks, to state-of-the-art air and water purification systems, to aromatherapy, Stay Well rooms provide an unprecedented opportunity to have a healthy travel experience — even in Las Vegas. Designed by real-estate pioneer Delos Living, in conjunction with the Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Deepak Chopra, Stay Well will change the way you think about travel and hotel rooms. Learn more or book your reservation here.

 

10 Ways You Know You’ve Become the Ultimate Annoying (and Lovable) Transatlantic Yogi

Meditation RoomMost of us may find ourselves wondering sometimes if it’s an upside down world.

But maybe especially so when the journey you’re making means you have to first go bi-coastal across the USA and then carry on to make a transatlantic crossing all in one transit plan. 6000 miles in under 24hrs, multiple stops – with 300 passengers on each of your flights, tens of thousand of people going through airports with you, airline staff, baggage staff, hotel staff and transit drivers: in 24 hrs of less, you get to see the whole world.

It’s intense.

No one can say that yoga can’t help us when we’re involved in as much intensity as this. It’s relaxing, right? It’s stress relieving. It’s stretching. Everyone can use a little yoga on airport days.

But beware. There are signs that you’ve crossed the line from being someone who sometimes does yoga to being a yogi when you start doing things that are as natural to you as they are probably irritating to people around you – but you really can’t help it!

Because whilst everyone else is just trying to make the whole flight/layover/connection as ‘enjoyable’ an experience as it can be given the circumstances, you may instead be contemplating the extent to which we humans will go just to avoid the sensation of suffering: serving alcohol on airplanes to offer stress and boredom relief; offering continuous in-flight entertainment to provide distraction from long hours; enabling shopping from the air or in airports to give the feeling of pleasure when actually airplanes and airports are all about pressure.

And you might consciously decide not to seek pleasure as a response to pressure. You might choose to respond to the 6000 mile half-way-round-the-world 24 hour ride with the commitment to maintain as much stillness as you can for every single moment of the journey, so that when you get to your final destination you have all the energy, poise, and clarity you need to do whatever in the world you would go such a distance to do.

If you’re doing these 10 things, be warned: you’re a transatlantic traveling yogi, taking the journey at a pace all of your own, quite possibly irritating others with your daft and baffling ways, breathing in and breathing out as the world keeps turning, and things just keep moving – and maybe, you wouldn’t have it any other way…

  1. As soon as your transatlantic flight is in the air, you don’t even think about viewing the film choices because instead you have a short list of favorite mantras that you love silently chanting, and now you’re thinking about which ones you’ll repeat for each one of the hours that you’re in the air – and wondering what sequence it would be best to do them in…no, really.
  2. On a transatlantic flight you get up after a few hours in the air and start doing gentle ‘stretches’ in the aisle that happen to involve casually balancing on your left leg, whilst your right arm (that you’d casually stretched in to the air a few seconds ago) stoops down to pick up your right foot a few inches below the right toes from the inside, and you begin kicking the right leg out as far as you can without anyone really properly noticing, before bringing it back to the ground: acting again as if nothing really just happened and you were just having a regular little stretch…. like… ‘What?’
  3. You genuinely wonder at 3am in the morning on a transatlantic flight, when the cabin is in complete darkness, and everyone is either asleep, or wearing those eye masks or watching films that look like they’re glowing in the dark, if anyone would really notice or mind if you went for a full downward facing dog in the aisle, just to really stretch things out – and you find you’re asked by the flight attendants to not do that as they still need clear access to the aisles at all times.
  4. You ask the flight attendants for hot water every time they come by with the drinks cart and cheerfully hand them over your own reusable flask that you brought with you for the trip – and they say ‘Don’t you want me throw that tea bag out?’ And you reply ‘No, it’s rose and tulsi. It can take another round of hot water yet…’ Because it’s your favorite soothing thing in the world. And they oblige, but you can see they’re a little bit dismayed.
  5. The flight attendants feel so bad for you when they offer you ‘beef, chicken or pasta’ because you – with a sincerely sad face tell them you thought you ordered a vegan menu choice or a raw fruit platter when you made your reservation – that they come back 20 minutes later with small pots of fresh pineapple and melon and say ‘Your order just isn’t here, but we found some of these… could this work for you? Would this help?’ And then they smile because they see that you too are deeply smiling again.
  6. You call your family/friends/lover/life partner/colleagues from the airport when you land to let them know that you’ve arrived and and you say ‘My hips are so tight from just sitting in that air conditioned cylinder for so long. They really need to breathe…’ You notice there is silence at the other end of the phone.
  7. Your smiling, patient, unargumentative demeanour baffles all the airline staff who have to speak to you when your airline sent you to the wrong terminal for your connecting flight resulting in you missing the flight altogether, spending the night (at your expense) in a hotel and your airline trying to charge you $200 to book you on a next day flight – because you understand that your guru is giving you a chance to live your yoga under pressure: at once giving you the opportunity to burn karma and practice equanimity in all circumstances even though there’s a part of you that is so tired you could actually burst out crying.
  8. You see an orange robed Buddhist monk at the airport lounge whilst waiting for your connection and get kind of excited to think how maybe he’ll sit next to you and together you’ll talk about ‘Dharma’ – and you witness yourself feeling a little deflated when he walks right by you with great purpose and heads straight to the Costa Coffee instead. And whilst you notice (without any judgement) how assertive your ego is being, at the same time you seriously wonder if you should follow him to Costa and sit next to him in case he wants to talk…erm, ‘sangha’ – but, thankfully, your wisdom kicks in and instead you decide to go and get some more hot water and watch a video instead.
  9. You are delighted to get internet connection at the airport whilst waiting for your connection because you can finally catch up on some video entertainment – and you choose to watch videos of Himalayan babas teaching ancient yogic techniques to activate the pineal gland.
  10. You do your best to approach the hours and hours of your life that are being played out in airports in between flights with easiness – because after all, the more time there is in between ‘doing’, the more time there is for ‘being’ – and you find you can tune out the sound of warehouse trollies, baggage trollies, crowds coming out of elevators, and babies crying as you go deeper in your sadhana (be it asana, meditation, or chanting) under florescent strip lights.

But you always do open your eyes every 5 minutes or so in case said trollies, or crowds or children need to get past you – because somewhere inside you you have preserved enough sanity to remember that Yoga is not about escaping the world, but about showing up in it fully present, and of becoming aware of what, in this present moment, the next right action could be.

I made it to the other side today.

LAX-LHR done.
LGW-EDI: pending.
Nearly done. Two hours to go.
The florescent strips are shining bright. And I am breathing.
Om Shanti.

 

Originally published on my blog, The Modern Girl’s Guide to Spirituality.

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