Traveling is self-care in itself. However, with all the traveling and moving from place to place– it can actually be tiring and stressful. Especially if you are traveling to a foreign country– which often requires long flights, multiple train rides, and a time change. You can end up sleep-deprived and unsettled. With that said, keeping up with your self-care is important to remain cool, calm, and collected your entire vacation! Follow along for some self-care tips you can take with you the next time you travel.
When your sleep schedule is off, so are you. Try not to plan too many late night activities, especially when you first arrive as– as you may be extra tired from the plane ride. Most people need a solid 8 hours of sleep to feel energized and joyful throughout the day. By getting plenty of sleep, you’ll feel great for all of the activities you want to plan on your vacation.
If you are switching time zones, try to plan ahead and adjust your sleep schedule before you head out. Depending on if you are moving ahead or behind your time zone, try to wake up earlier or later before your trip to get used to the change. If needed, use an eye cover and earplugs to sleep peacefully.
Take Care of Your Skin
Oftentimes, the climate will be different wherever you decide to vacation. With that said, if you have sensitive skin then you might suffer from the change. Be sure to maintain your pre-existing skin-care routine while you’re on vacation. Wash your face and moisturize to keep the skin happy. Additionally, it may be a good idea to give your skin time to get acclimated to the new weather.
Once you are finally settled in your hotel or airbnb, take some time to de-stress with a bath or some aromatherapy. Essential oils are a great way to unwind and relax in your room before bed. There are many calming scents like lavender and chamomile that you could try out.
Another great way to unwind, is by ordering some room service and getting to stay put. Sometimes, we need a little time to lay down before we begin our list of activities. Give yourself a night to rest before you tackle too much!
Create a No-Phone Zone
Although you may want to document your experience on your social media the whole time, it is important to live in the moment and put down your phone. Create a physical space for your phone or designated time to check all your messages or friend’s posts you want to catch up on for the day. It can be bad for your eyes and mental health to be checking your phone too often– especially on a vacation!
Stretch It Out
It’s critical that you check in with your body as you’re traveling. Whether you’ve endured a long plane ride in a tight space, or you spent the whole day hiking and adventuring– take some time to stretch. You can even take a quick walk or stroll around the block before breakfast.
Journal and Celebrate the Wins
Traveling abroad and experiencing different cultures can be overwhelming. It can also be exhausting trying to plan out all the things you want to see or do while you are at a destination for only a short amount of time. Here’s where a pen and paper can be extremely useful. Take a journal and write down your plan for the day and what you’d like to accomplish. Surprisingly, by organizing your thoughts onto paper, you will already begin to de-stress. Not only that, but write down what you’ve accomplished after a day of traveling and meeting new people ( who maybe speak a different language).
Eat Some Fruits or Veggies
It can be very difficult to eat healthy on a vacation. But, one too many margaritas and Enchiladas can lead to your body feeling off-balance. Take some time to visit the nearby grocery store or farmers market and buy some fresh fruits or veggies to add some much-needed nutrition to your trip. On the other hand, don’t be too hard on yourself if you feel you haven’t remained as healthy as you wished.