Staying healthy while traveling can be a challenge, but following a few simple tips can keep the scale the same before and after your trip.
One of the easiest things you can do to stay healthy while traveling is to make sure you drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated during your flight is especially important since the air in the cabin can often be very dry and dehydrating. Drinking plenty of water can also cut down on unnecessary snacking. Chances are that if you're feeling hungry during your flight, you may actually just be very thirsty, so staying hydrated can help curb these feelings. However, it's probably not a bad idea to bring along some unsalted nuts and protein bars to keep your metabolism in check as well.
Secondly, it's probably a good idea to call your hotel ahead of time and make sure your room has a mini fridge. That way, you can pass on expensive food and drink options and stock up with your own fruits, vegetables, and especially bottled water. You will save tons of money and have a few healthy snacks to hold you over between meals.
With that said, you don't want to limit yourself during your trip. Traveling is an experience, and one of the best ways to experience the local culture is to indulge in the local cuisine. It's OK, really! If you're really worried about calories though, it might be a good idea to limit those indulgences to breakfast or lunch as portion sizes tend to be much smaller, and one out of your three meals each day won’t impact the scale or leave you feeling bloated. For the other two meals each day, plan ahead. Buy something from a market or grocery store in advance, or check out the restaurant menu beforehand and pick out something healthy. If you pick in advance you will not be tempted by the special of the day covered in a cream sauce.
Lastly, it’s ok to hit the bar when you’re on vacation, but drinking is basically dessert calorie-wise, so don’t over indulge. Furthermore, drinking causes a hankering for salty bar food like chips, wings, and nachos, which are never a good idea when you’re trying to stay relatively healthy on vacation.
Again, there's no need to make yourself feel limited. After all, it's your vacation and you should absolutely have some fun with it. But if you keep these tips in mind during your fun, you won’t be complaining about the 10 pounds you gained in Bora Bora.