How to stay energized when traveling
- Hydrate. This is probably the most important for me. When I'm at home, I'm constantly drinking water. I bring water bottles with me when I leave the house, and I refill my glass at home every 30 minutes or so. It's easy to forget to drink water when you travel, as you're constantly out and about and on your feet. Bring an empty water bottle with you, or buy one when you arrive at your destination and be vigilant about refilling it every time you leave your hotel room or stop for a meal.
- Eat the way you would at home. While traveling for work over the past week or so, I definitely did not adhere to this one. Late night meals and early morning wake up calls meant a lot of pizza, or whatever I could get my hands on during breaks. My lack of sleep also made me crave carbs and comfort foods, leaving me feeling bloated and sluggish when I finally got back to Florida. In situations like this one, it's hard to control your diet. But if at all possible, it's very important to stick to your normal dietary habits.
- Exercise. I'm not going to pretend that I always follow through with this one, because it's just not always possible. I barely had time to sleep on my most recent trip, but that's not always the case. I always travel with my sneakers and one or two workout outfits. If I'm in a city with a SoulCycle, I typically try to hit it up for a class. Otherwise, going for a jog is a great way to scope out the area in a new place.
- Sleep. It's tempting to stay up late and get up early to maximize every minute of a trip. But like with diet, it's so important to try to stick with the routine you would at home for getting some shut-eye when possible.
Most importantly, try to enjoy yourself! Even when you travel for work, try to at least get an hour to yourself to get outside and check out some of the sights before you head home.