10 Travel Tips to Make the Most of Your Next Adventure
If you’re a soon-to-be explorer, you’ll want to make sure you get the most out of your adventure. We’ve compiled 10 tips to help you do just that.
Travel is our favourite thing in the world. Nothing is more exhilarating than exploring new places and experiencing new sights and sounds. We’re veterans at the travel game, so we know that endless adventure can be tiring. Whether you’re climbing Everest, exploring a rainforest, or floating down the Riviera Maya, you’ll want to make sure that you get the most out of your trip. We've put together this list of 10 travel tips to keep you healthy when you're on the road.
1. Plan your trip well.
Prior planning prevents poor performance. Before you leave on your big adventure, plan out a rough schedule of where and when you want to go. You’ll thank yourself for having things planned out in advance, because you’ll already know your next move. You can leave yourself as much flexibility as you like, but you might want to book all your flights and accomodations in advance. It’s a good idea to do some research about the top places you want to see while you’re there, and then plan everything else around that.
2. Stay hydrated.
Drinking enough water is a simple and effective way to stay healthy while you’re on the move. Be sure to drink a couple of litres of water a day, or more in hotter climates. It’s a good idea to carry a reusable water bottle with you - it saves money, and the planet! All the incredible new things you’ll be seeing can distract you from the simple things, like taking proper care of yourself. In between taking photos for Instagram, you can use your phone to set a “drink water” alarm once an hour. We would also recommend buying some water purifying tablets, if you’re drinking local water that you’re unsure about. There are tons of water-purifying filters for travelling at your local adventure shop. Make sure to drink water at meal times to aid digestion.
3. Make your own meals.
One of the best parts of exploring is finding great new restaurants to try. It can be tempting to go out and try a new restaurant every day, but there’s a healthier option for both you and your wallet. Head to a local supermarket and buy fresh local produce, and try your hand at recreating your favourite local dish. It’s cheaper, and you’ll likely have some leftovers for the next day!
4. Get 8 hours of sleep.
Sleep is essential if you want to stay healthy when you’re travelling. It’s important to remember that we’re not machines, and we need to get enough sleep. Without it, your immune system is more likely to become run down, and there’s nothing worse than missing out on a great travel experience because you weren’t feeling well. Sleep is also proven to increase happiness, reduce stress and improve judgement. Who doesn’t love a good night’s sleep?
5. Get Vaccinated.
Vaccinations are an important thing to consider before travelling. You’ll want to give yourself an immunity boost, to make sure you have no health issues while you’re in a foreign country. Depending on where you’re going, you might need to get specific vaccines in order to enter the country.
Do some research on your destination to find out what you’ll need. Some vaccines need to be given well in advance to allow your body to develop immunity, so make sure to book an appointment with a GP or a private travel clinic at least 8 weeks before you’re due to travel. While you’re at it, it’s a good idea to purchase travel insurance to make sure you’re covered for any incidents that might happen while you’re abroad.
6. Use hand sanitizer.
When you’re travelling, you’ll come into contact with lots of different people, and you might be exposed to new germs. Some places in the world have different standards of hygiene, and might not have the same access to clean water that you do at home. It’s a good idea to get a cheap, travel-sized hand sanitizer, and keep it within reach. That way, you can keep your hands clean and keep your body healthy.
7. Wear Sunglasses and Use SPF.
If you’re heading to a sunny destination, a travel-sized tube of sunscreen should be right next to your bottle of hand sanitizer. Make sure to get the right SPF for your skin, and make sure to wear it every day you’re in the sun. You’ll get a nice, sun-kissed tan from repeated sun exposure, so make sure to wear your sunscreen so you don’t burn.
It can be easy to forget about applying sunscreen when you’re distracted by all the new things going on around you, but you don’t want to burn. There’s no worse way to spend a day of your vacation than in bed because it hurts to move (speaking from personal experience). Pair this with a good set of UV protected sunglasses, and you’re good to go.
8. Pack Light.
Lugging a big suitcase around with you can be a real drag - pun intended. Depending on your plans, it’s probably a good idea to invest in a travel backpack, and some packing cubes to organize your clothes on the move. Be selective when choosing what shoes and clothes to bring - the more versatile, the better. If you can turn it inside out, or wear it to a fancy dinner and on a hike, it’ll quickly become your favourite article of clothing. It’s also wise to get a travel-size toiletry kit - the smaller, the better. It might seem obvious, but this one can make a big difference in your travel experience. Unless you’re staying in one place the whole time, you’ll want to make sure you don’t have to carry a lot of stuff. When you come back home, you’ll be surprised at just how much stuff you dragged around that you didn’t even use.
Forget the gym membership - you’ve got the great outdoors. You can stay healthy with a good hike, an early morning beach run, or yoga in your favourite zen spot. Give your body some exercise and see just how great you can feel. You’ll boost your immune system and feel healthy, and you’ll have lots more energy for whatever adventures you’ve got planned next.
It’s important to pace yourself when travelling. Being on the go all the time can start to wear you down, so give yourself a day off, and take some time to rest. It’s good to alternate between high and low activity days. Before (and after) a big hike, relax on a beach, or use the down time to do some planning.
Another good way to keep yourself healthy on the move is by taking part in a ‘digital detox’. In the modern world, we spend a lot of time looking at screens. Try putting your phone away, and connect with nature. You’ll give your mind a rest, and see some things you might have missed. If you’re travelling through less developed countries, you’ll start to notice that people with no access to technology are some of the happiest people in the world.
Some other helpful travel tips:
In some countries, an added tip for taxi drivers and restaurant servers is common. Research what tipping rates are in the country you’re visiting so you don’t come across as rude.
Don’t lose those magical moments forever! Pack spare camera batteries and a hard drive.
If you’re travelling with someone else, divide your items between luggage. This way, if a bag goes missing during transit, you’ll still have some essential items of your own.
Bring a sleep mask and some ear plugs so you can sleep anywhere.*