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Traveling upcountry? Here are some tips for you

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  1. Sleep, sleep, and sleep. The most important thing you can do while traveling is sleep. Your body needs rest when you’re physically traveling, carrying luggage to and from destinations, walking all day, and so forth. Traveling is harsh on your body so make sure you get plenty of rest. How much is enough? Listen to your body. After a long walk, sleep for a few hours and allow your body to rest before the next one.

  1. Pace yourself. Don’t try to see the entire village in one day. If you plan to do a lot in the village, consider staying longer to slow down your pace and spread your itinerary. Be active and roam around, but don’t overdo it. Take plenty of breaks in between.

  1. Stretch it out! Have a full day ahead? Dedicate at least 5-10 minutes every morning to stretch before you start your day of adventure. Stretch your arms, legs, neck, shoulders, and back, you’ll feel so refreshed. It’s easy to sneak in simple neck and shoulder stretches throughout the day while you’re waiting for your food, the bathroom, transportation, etc. You could also stretch right before bedtime because it relaxes the muscles and gives you a better night sleep.

  1. You can do breathing exercises anywhere and anytime. Take a deep breath, hold it, and exhale. Repeat. It helps you relax and counter the stress of traveling.

  1. Walk everywhere. Get your daily exercise and truly learn about a place at the same time. Vising a longtime friend? How about walking there instead of driving there or hopping on a boda?

  1. Have an exercise routine. You can always work out in your room (pushups, sit ups, yoga poses, jumping jacks – get creative!) or do a run in the neighborhood. Have a schedule in mind and stick to it, whether it is exercising every other day at 8 am or every two days at 3 pm.

  1. Eat breakfast. Don’t skip out and go straight to lunch. Just don’t. If you don’t want to eat out for breakfast because you’ll be eating out for lunch and dinner, MAKE YOUR OWN BREAKFAST! You can also have fruit and cereal, there’s probably plenty there. Whatever you do, don’t skip breakfast! It’s the most important meal of the day for a reason – it gives you the energy to start your day right. Make your mom proud.

  1. Carry a water bottle with you at all times. Drink enough water. It’s the foundation of your livelihood. Your body will THANK YOU

  1. Cut down on alcohol and sweet drinks. Alcohol and non-alcoholic sweet drinks are packed with calories. Keep your calorie count and sugar intake lower by drinking water instead. Not to mention, alcohol also disrupts your sleep. Of course, you’re away from work and want to enjoy a drink or two on your vacation; yes, that’s fine – the key here is to consume in moderation.

  1. Order veggies, cut the meat. Eat veggies when you can! Pick healthier options when dining out. Choose a vegetarian dish or add a salad to balance your meal. You can also buy your own veggies or ready-made salad.

  1. Eat plenty of fruit. Buy fruit at the market and eat them for breakfast or as healthy snacks throughout the day. Bananas, mangoes, and oranges can be found virtually in every market.

  1. Keep your hands clean. You’ve been walking all day and coming into contact with people, things, doors, etc. and the last thing you want to do is eat with dirty hands. Prevent the spread of germs and bacteria by cleaning your hands, especially before and/or after a meal.

Keep healthy and enjoy your Easter break.

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