Between work trips, family vacations, and Rob and I’s trip abroad, I have been traveling a lot this year, which has been so much fun! But one thing that I tend to sacrifice, and I’m sure I’m not alone on this, is my routine that keeps me healthy while I am at home. Whether I am just feeling indulgent or need the convenience of less nutrient-dense foods, health and fitness tend to fall by the wayside. However, over time I have found some useful tips that keep me kind of on track while I am away. *Kind of* are the key words here, as “kind of healthy” is the goal I aspire to whilst vacationing!
Pack Healthy Snacks
It starts with planning! If I know I am going to be in the car or on a plane for a significant amount of time, I make sure I am stocked with healthy snacks for the trip. My road trip go-to used to be peanut butter M&M and other gas station classics. But over the years I have learned that junk food binging and extensive sitting is a combination that always leaves me feeling gross. Now I make sure to pack favorites like clementines, bananas, dried mango and roasted chickpeas.
If Possible, Stay Somewhere with a Kitchen
I clearly love Airbnb for many reasons (exhibit A and B) but one of the main benefits of choosing an apartment or condo over a hotel is having access to a kitchen. Dining out is one of my biggest thrills in life, but if I do it too much I begin to feel worn down and lethargic. Being able to cook my own meals is imperative for balancing out indulgent meals with clean, nutrient-rich options while on vacation.
Use MindBody to Find Local Workouts
If I go too long without a decent workout, my back starts to ache and my body gets so stiff and tight. AND it’s just that much harder to get back into the grove when we return home. I use the MindBody app to find low-intensity workouts like yoga or pilates to keep me active while away, as well as swim and take long walks.
Balance Alcohol with Water
Easier said than done, and I have major room for improvement on this while away and at home, but it really makes such a big difference! No one likes spending a day of their trip in bed with a hangover and it is a big strain on your body. By staying hydrated, you reduce that risk and reenergize your body so you can party longer!
Check your Mindset
Being on vacation and outside of your normal routine naturally creates an indulgent mindset, and that’s okay! At home, I would never eat two chocolate chip cookies for breakfast, and I know that, so I gave myself grace when I slipped up in Florida. Recognize that realistically you won’t (and probably shouldn’t!) be 100% on your health game while you’re vacationing.
Lately, I find myself gravitating towards all prints preppy, and this dress is no different. I’ve had a handful of polka dot pieces in the past, but none as cute as this! The second I put it on, I fell in love. Typically, a low cut silhouette that doesn’t accommodate a bra is a big ol’ NO from me, but the unexpectedly supportive (& adorable) front tie, summery linen, and delicate shoulder pleats just worked, a delightful surprise! The only problem? The dress was a tad long for my liking. This is clearly not the case anymore. I took the dress to my trusty tailor for a hem, who didn’t object when I kept saying “Maybe just a little shorter? Hmm, I don’t know, it still feels long.” WHY DIDN’T SHE STOP ME? What a fool I was. Now a slight lift of the arms or a bend forward completely exposes all things that should be left unexposed. This dress is my summer fling — much too short and slightly inappropriate.
Is it better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all? I am not so sure.
Oh my GOSH, our Airbnb in Paris was unbelievable. On the inside, the design was adorable. It had a mix of tile, hexagonal terra cotta, and hardwood floors, an eclectic blend mid-century and rustic furniture, lovely fire places, and plants galore. Location wise, we stayed in the 11th arrondissement, roughly adjacent to the 3rd and 4th. The apartment was situated across from a church, whose bells chimed charmingly every hour and really set the tone for a romantic stay. On the first night, we woke up to discover it had snowed overnight, and on the last night, we stood on the balcony admiring a rainbow after a short rain. Magic right?
I love finding unique and affordable places to stay on Airbnb. When we went to Hawaii last year, we stayed in a yurt in the middle of the rainforest. We walked along meditation trails and played with a dog named Mango. In New Orleans, we found the cutest kitchy shotgun house walking distance from Frenchman’s Street (Bourbon Street’s older, less blackout brother). And we have plans to lock down an insane house for us and our family to stay at during our wedding next summer. Stay tuned on that one!
Not to pat myself on the back, but I think I am pretty damn good at finding drool-worthy Airbnbs on a budget. There are a few tactics I always use when I am searching through Airbnb. Truly, they are not anything ground-breaking. More like small tweaks to your search that will help you find what you are looking for.
Instead of filtering by the number of guests, filter by the number of bedrooms.
This can be found in the advanced filters. When you are traveling with friends or family, it is helpful to do this to ensure there is enough space for everyone and people are not piled on top of each other! This also eliminates any “common space” beds – no one wants to sleep on a futon whilst vacationing.
Map view, always.
Don’t get burnt by falling in love with the perfect space only to find out it is located a 30-minute bus ride from the center of town. It is more important to be close, especially during an extended stay! This view also lets you see what might be nearby the pricier neighborhoods without spending the big bucks.
Increase your price filter.
Many locations have varied pricing depending on the time of year. Once you find the place you like, try a few dates to see when would be the most budget-efficient time to stay and cross-reference with possible flights!
Have a back-up.
Especially if you’re not able to Instant Book. I have had several bookings fall through, and it helps to have a backup plan, even more so if you have already booked airfare.
What do you think? Are these totally common sense or will they help you next time you peruse Airbnb?