As I look back on the last few years, travel has made up such a huge part of my life, and has led me to many of my greatest loves, achievements and life-changing moments. I have not only learnt a helluva lot about the world via my travels, but I have also learnt a lot about myself and what my priorities are. Two of which are health and lifestyle. So I thought that it might be a good idea to not only share my wanderlust story, but also some killer tips for prioritizing health and lifestyle when you are a wanderlusting, nomad soaking up all the magic that this world has to offer. And what better way to do that than to not only share my own advice and personal experiences, but that of some fellow wanderlusting, adventure-seeking bloggers too! This is a post of epic proportions, with so much goodness that begs to be shared! So let’s dig in!
My Wanderlust Story
Like many young Aussies, my first wanderlust experience was a tour around Europe with my best friend, hitting up all the key landmarks in the space of two and a half months, when I was 21 years old. We drank our way around Europe, spent every cent we had, and had the most amazing time. Whilst my whole perspective on life, travel and myself has totally changed since that very first overseas adventure, I look back on that trip as such a pivotal time in my life. The freedom, the adventure, the joy that zoomed through my veins; it was only the beginning of so much more to come. A year and a half later I was back on that plane, with no idea where life would take me. An adventure around the US and Mexico was wrapped up with a brand new home in Canada and a life in the snow that I had no idea if I would enjoy. But life always gives us what we need and boy did this trip give me everything I needed and more. Life long lessons, the most real and authentic connection I have ever felt, and the first time I had ever been able to honestly say I was 100% content with who I was. And only two years after my Canadian adventure, I would see myself packing up once again, no end in sight, to explore the world with a new found respect for myself, this precious life, and the wonder that the world radiates with every sunrise and sunset. The spaciousness of Alaska, the magic of Scotland, the charisma of the Caribbean, the beauty of Central America and the life-changing experiences of South America – it all sent my heart to new heights and ignited a passion for limitless living that will forever burn wild and free. To live a life of discovery, exploration and never-ending possibility….that is what wanderlust means to me!
So how does one spread her wings, soar through life-changing adventures, and discover the world’s delights – whilst still nourishing the health and lifestyle that keeps her best-self shining through?
Here are my top tips, as well as some killer advice from my fellow blogger babes, to support you on your next life-changing adventure:
On the plane:
* Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. This one is a no-brainer.
* Begin your trip on the right foot, and ensure you have a bag of goodies with you from home. My carry-on bag is usually 50% full of food and my packing list looks a little something like this:
- Green tea bags
- Vital greens (to add to smoothies or water, a saviour even when you do have fresh veg available)
- Chia seeds (for breakfast chia puddings, adding to salads and smoothies)
- Nuts & seeds
- Loving Earth chocolate – because every girl needs a treat to turn to when those sweet smelling, sugar filled snacks begin to haunt you
- Amazonia Raw Food bars
- Coconut oil in leak proof container (for both cooking and your skin)
- A zip lock bag of granola/trail mix or a nutritious cereal like Norridge
- Some cinnamon to spice up your breakfast oats/porridge/yoghurt/fruit
- Zip lock bags so you can keep things fresh and store any goodies you find at the local health food store
- And a healthy meal that you have prepared/bought earlier to take with you and eat on the plane. Don’t even think about touching that aeroplane food!
On the road:
* Buy a travel blender. When I was travelling through the US and Canada, I bought a cheap $15 pocket blender from Walmart and used it to make green smoothies every single day. It weighed next to nothing and allowed me to blend up any fresh fruit and veg I needed to get rid of before heading to my next destination.
*Fresh fruit and vegetable stores are your best friend on the road – stock up on Avocados, apples, carrots and food that won’t squash easily in your luggage.
*Travel with a pocket knife, fork, spoon and a trusty vegetable peeler (a great recommendation from Sian at The Healthy Backpacker – you can revisit her interview here)
*Download the Happy Cow App – the easiest way to find vegetarian/vegan restaurants nearby as well as local health food stores.
*Make the most of your travel time by listening to your favourite guided meditations or audio books (if you are like me and have trouble reading in transit).
*Plan your adventures around movement. Be it walking from attraction to attraction, exploring hiking trails or seeing a city on a bike, make sure you move every single day.
*Consider the kitchen or cooking facilities when choosing your accommodation. Having a decent kitchen with a fridge and pots and pans is a godsend when you are travelling, and a saviour when you need a break from the local food.
Advice from my fellow blogger babes..
On Flying //
“My general rule is to drink as much water as possible in flight - just keep asking for glasses of water from the flight attendant (I sometimes ask them for a whole bottle, and after a few pours they'll give it to me). This includes bringing my mini Evian spritzer for my face, and a saline spray for inside my nose (I know that sounds weird, but it actually helps keep you from getting sick, as it keeps your nasal passages more resilient to germs). I pack Emergen-C powder (supercharged vitamin C concentrate) that I put into a water bottle if I'm starting to feel down. I also never leave home without organic Oil of Oregano, a natural anti-bacterial treatment.” // Kristi from Encircled - Kristi also has a great women’s travel apparel brand worth checking out!
“Noise cancelling headphones are a God send. Investing in a quality pair was one of the best travel related decisions I have made. It has made sleeping on board and arriving relaxed so much easier.” // Alyce from Live Life on Your Terms
“Get some quality shut-eye. Not getting enough sleep messes with the hormones that regulate your hunger and appetite, causing you to crave the quick energy hit of sugary junk food. Make sure you’ve got a travel pillow, ear plugs, a comfy eye mask, socks, and a scarf or sarong you can use as a blanket on hand when you’re globetrotting. You’ll be able to catch those all important Zs just about anywhere from planes, to buses, to noisy hostel rooms. Perfect for when you arrive to find you’re staying next door to a construction site/major highway/lateral-thinking rooster who crows at any time of the day or night he pleases (I speak from experience on that one!). Bonus tip: pure lavender essential oil can help you relax –dab it on your temples and wrists before sleep.” // Amelia from Amelia Harvey Health
“This may be a little personal … but I always use ultra thin panty liners when I travel so I can change them constantly and feel fresh. I'm talking on long haul flights here when you can go a day without showering. I also keep makeup remover wipes in my carry on. While I usually use coconut oil and cotton balls to remove makeup these little wipes do wonders to make you feel just a little bit fresher.” // Jo from The Luminous Kitchen
On Eating Out //
“When I’m travelling, I order a pot of herbal tea or hot water with lemon as soon as I sit down at a restaurant. Sipping on tea is beautifully calming and will take the edge off your hunger, making you much more likely to make healthy choices when you order. Herbal tea or a lovely pot of chai also makes for a great dessert substitute when you’ve got a hankering for something sweet after your meal.
Order veggies at every meal and eat them first. If your dish isn’t served with vegetables, order some as a side. The more you fill up on the good stuff, the less likely you are overdo it on the not-so-healthy options but this way you won’t be depriving yourself.” // Amelia from Amelia Harvey Health
“Eat like the locals do, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.” // Indigo from Spikes and Stardust
On maintaining a healthy lifestyle //
“Enjoy the moment - Savour the food you eat, delight in the views, interact wholeheartedly with the people you meet. If you're travelling with someone else and are worried about not having time to yourself to meditate - simplify it. Meditation is about being completely in the present moment. To me, this is what travelling is all about, so just think of it as an open-eye meditation.
Take a break if you need it. If you need an afternoon nap - take it. If you need one morning to sleep in - do it. If you want to spend an evening curled up with a book - no biggie. Trust me, you'll feel better for it and you'll be back out exploring in no time.” // Erin Williams from In Our Stillness
“Be flexible and adaptable. Things don’t always go the way we want them to when travelling. There might be a delay, cancellation or even a mix up at the hotel of some kind. Despite the best planning some things are beyond our control. Relax and go with it.” // Alyce from Live Life on Your Terms.
“Do a quick session of yoga each morning in your hotel or hostel room - or a nearby park if the weather permits. You don't need any equipment, and it will help your body stay centered, strong and flexible.” // Elyse from Notes on Bliss
“Swap your regular liquid shampoo for a shampoo bar. You do not have to worry about shampoo leaking or exploding in your luggage with a shampoo bar PLUS it weighs next to nothing so you have extra weight allowance for that special souvenir. If you are going on a long trip and think you need two bars keep one nestled among your clothes wrapped in an old sock to keep them smelling fresh. Lush stock a range of shampoo and conditioner bars.” // Erin from The Rogue Ginger
And finally, a few simple and easy travel recipes for your next on-the-road adventure, from Loveday Why from Wild & Good //
Hommus on the go:
“You’ll be able to find pulses and lentils everywhere. A tin of chickpeas is the simplest – just mash with a fork, add chopped garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Dunk some carrots and you’ve got a cheap, wholesome lunch.”
A quick, warm breakfast - Flourless Banana Pancakes:
“Per person, the batter mix is 1 mashed banana + 2 eggs + ½ cup of desiccated coconut. Sprinkle with some roasted, salted cashew nuts.”
Using foil wrap to cook meals on the camp-fire:
“I wrap whole sweet potatoes as they are, parcels of diced beetroot with a splash of balsamic vinegar and a sprinkling of capers, cauliflower florets with cumin and even whole oranges cored and stuffed with chocolate cake batter. Oh, that makes the best dessert ever!”
I really hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I loved putting it together! If you have any great travel tips to share with your fellow health and lifestyle lovers, I would absolutely love for you to do so in the comments below. I can’t wait to read them! And if you loved this post or know anyone who is about to jet off and could use these handy pieces of advice, share this post and spread the love!