Along with food, we all know that one of the greatest pleasures in life is traveling. Getting out and seeing the world is truly an unforgettable experience. With traveling comes the opportunity to explore; see new things, cultures, and landmarks; and, of course, try some new foods. Vacation time is usually when most people blow their diets and eat everything in sight; however, with these following travel tips, it is still possible to enjoy food all over the world without returning a few extra pant sizes bigger.
1. Be prepared
Whatever your mode of transportation, you must always be prepared. When you leave home for your journey, regardless of if it’s a road trip or a long flight, it is important to pack some healthy food.
Just like you would bring snacks to work or school, it is smart to think the same way while traveling. A bag of nuts, fresh fruit and vegetables, sandwiches, string cheese, protein bars, and, of course, plenty of water all make for wonderful, healthy, and portable snacks—perfect for when you are on the go.
2. Do your research
Before you embark on your travels, make sure to look up the places you are going. Find out what food is available, what food is popular, and if your favorite snacks are available.
Going online, asking people who have been to the city, or reading books and articles are perfect ways to find out any information that you may need and will allow you to plan out what healthy food you want to eat when you’re traveling.
If you find out that your destination is known for a healthy lifestyle and eating habits, you can rest assured that you can follow your healthy eating plan while on vacation.
However, if all you hear about is the amazing doughnut shops, ice cream parlors, and bakeries, then you may need to take a hint from tip number one and plan ahead!
3. Eat healthy while dining out
Just like in any city, there will be trips to restaurants. However, since you are out of town, it is likely that most, if not all, of your meals will be eaten out.
This being said, it is vital that you know all the warning signs and food culprits, so you don’t forget about your healthy food completely!
Anything deep-fried, heavy cream sauces, fatty salad dressings, and bread baskets are never a smart idea. Even though you are in a restaurant and many dishes tend to have hundreds of extra calories, you should always know how to order properly and smartly.
The same rules apply when eating out in any city, country, restaurant, or fast food joint: opt for vegetables or a salad with dressing on the side, ask that your meal be cooked in less or no oil/butter, and stick to lean protein and whole grain pastas and pizzas when available. Also, it is best to drink water, as drinks can add numerous calories without you even realizing.
4. Stock your hotel room
Whether you are staying at a hotel or a friend or family’s home, always remember to buy some healthy snacks to keep there.
Once you are settled, head out to the grocery store and pick up some healthy food, just like mentioned in tip number one.
If your hotel room is fully stocked with good-for-you options that you bought yourself, it makes it easier to stick to your health goals. Also, you can throw these snacks in your purse or bag while out on the town for when that midday hunger strikes.
Starting your day off in the hotel with some healthy food will prevent you from feeling starved once you leave, avoiding unnecessary stops at fast food shops.
5. Indulge, just a little
After all, you’re on vacation. Just like while you are at home, it is okay to indulge every so often. There is nothing worse than being in a new city, surrounded by amazing cultural food, and not trying any of it.
Traveling is all about the experience, including the food. Enjoy small bites, share with others, and if you really want that croissant, go for it! If you try too hard to avoid certain foods, it will just make you miserable and can ruin the entire trip.
It is always important to splurge, and a vacation is the perfect excuse—just make sure you’re not indulging every day, or else the rest of these travel tips will go to waste!
Keep these travel tips in mind when planning your next trip. Stick to some healthy options, while also enjoying some not-so-good-for-you foods.
Eating is all about balance and moderation, and with the knowledge and preparation of healthy foods, you will stick to your healthy eating plan while exploring a new city and enjoying every moment.
Just remember to stay smart, stay educated, and most importantly, have fun!
This article was written by Shelby Morrison, a Toronto-based food blogger and freelance writer. She has a passion for living the most delicious life while enjoying every step of the way! She eats her way throughout Toronto, yet loves to travel to different cities for some unique and tasty finds. Visit her web site at www.sweetsnmeats.tumblr.com.