Habits of a Healthy Traveler

2020 is behind us, and few were sad to see it go. And by most estimates, 2021 is shaping up to be a year of recovery. Vaccines are rolling out in big numbers, and experts project that things could return to some sense of normalcy very soon.

Even so, many things can’t wait. For a lot of us, travel is on that list. So whether you’re planning a sojourn for business, leisure, or somewhere in between, here are some easy-to-follow tips for how to travel safely during COVID.

Protect Yourself

The science is in, and it’s very clear. There are some incredibly simple things you can do to reduce your risk of both contracting and transmitting the virus, and they don’t require a lot of adjustment. Among them: 

  • Avoid large gatherings and crowds.  
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
  • Use hand sanitizer frequently. 
  • Avoiding touching your face.
  • Disinfect after coming into contact with public surfaces. 
  • Maintain six feet of distance from others.
  • Wear a suitable face covering at all times when in public.  

If everyone follows these easy practices, the transmission of the coronavirus will be significantly curtailed. 

Good Nutrition

Your system needs a fighting chance to remain healthy. And much of your immune response is based on how you fuel your body. So while the natural tendency for many travelers is to adopt a “vacation calories don’t count” mindset, it’s still a good idea to stick to your regular eating habits when traveling. Bring healthy snacks for plane and ground transport trips. Avoid diving into junk food. When eating at restaurants, make healthier choices. Practice moderation and your well-being will thank you!   

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

A hectic travel schedule can deplete your body’s water resources pretty quickly. So it’s important to replenish by drinking water, even before you notice you’re thirsty. Take an eco-friendly reusable water bottle along if possible, but don’t be afraid to purchase bottled water if not. Feel free to treat yourself to a beer, wine, mixed drink, or soda on occasion, but water should definitely be your drink of choice when making your way through your travel adventures. 

Exercise Is Your Friend

Again, since the mindset many travelers adopt is that a vacation means a carefree experience, it can be tempting to slack off on your workout routine. Resist the temptation! Thankfully, you don’t necessarily need to hit your regular regimen full-on to maintain wellness. Even just remaining active is usually enough to maintain a healthy fitness level. If a given attraction is nearby, skip the cab or rideshare and walk a few blocks. Do a few laps around the hotel pool. Or even take a short run around the perimeter of the property. No need to go too over-the-top in order to keep yourself on an even keel.

Get Plenty of Sleep

Here’s the real challenging step: Getting adequate sleep while traveling is one of the more difficult suggestions to implement. The excitement of a new place combined with an unfamiliar bed can make rest a real battle. And that’s to say nothing of possible timezone issues or jet lag! Regardless, there are many ways you can give yourself a fighting chance. Request extra pillows from your hotel. Make use of your in-room beverage service to have some chamomile tea, if available. Travel with a small bottle of melatonin. Avoid blue light (TV, phone, laptop, or tablets) before bed. Or even invest in a wireless Bluetooth sleep mask and play nature sounds from your smartphone. 

Be Mindful

Everyone does downtime differently. For some, it’s unwinding with a book. For others, it’s catching up on movies and TV. Still others meditate, practice yoga, or enjoy crafting and creating. Whatever your relaxation routine, try to make time to engage in some mindfulness while you travel. It can be tempting to want to head out to see the sights, but even checking out the attractions can be an exercise in self-reflection. If you’re near a beach, find a spot to relax and watch the waves. Take a stroll around a local park. Or simply head out and stargaze. Travel can be hectic, so making time for peace is important to maintain a sound mind and a sound body.

Find Peace of Mind at Holiday Inn Bayside

We understand that a lot of our guests may still be wary of travel. Rest assured, we understand. You can find comfort in knowing the team at Holiday Inn Bayside San Diego is taking every precaution possible for the sake of our guests’ health and safety. If you have any questions about what we’re doing to help protect you, we encourage you to review our complete Health and Safety Plan. Of course, if you have any additional concerns about our practices and/or policies, you can always feel free to reach out to us. We’re always happy to help.