When Wellness Meets Wanderlust…

My latest¬†hashtag obsession is #WellnessWednesday¬†because it’s yet another excuse to bombard Instagram with Nutri Bullet concoctions, farmer’s market finds, quirky kitchen experiments, post-Pure Barre selfies, or other health and fitness snippets.

But here’s another social media trend I’ve recently discovered‚ÄĒ #WanderlustWednesday,¬†which fuels my desire to travel while aiming my fangirl energy at those Instafamous globetrotters. Million-dollar question, though: Do I admire their free spirits or hate their guts for jetting off to¬†Dubai on¬†a random workweek? #CantDecide.

Anyway (existential conumdrums aside), since it’s Wednesday, I’ve decided to combine both hashtags into one blog post. After all, with spring break and summer vacations just around the corner, “travel bug” symptoms will reach epidemic proportions. This. Is. Not. A. Drill.

Whether you’ve booked¬†a weekend beach getaway, cross-country road trip or overseas¬†adventure in¬†these upcoming months, don’t let fitness and nutrition goals take a vacay too. So, before the “bon voyage,” add my Three¬†Step Healthy Travel Checklist to your itinerary.

travel checklist

‚ąö ¬† Make smart¬†snacks accessible.¬†If you’re driving, pack a cooler with no-mess options like carrots, grapes, almonds or sunflower seeds. If you’re flying, pinpoint a natural foods market near your destination and grab some guilt-free munchies for the¬†hotel room.

‚ąö ¬† Keep physical activity on the agenda.¬†Instead of a sightseeing bus tour, enjoy¬†the local landmarks on-foot or rented bikes. Visit a National Park for¬†nature¬†excursions like hiking, kayaking or horseback riding. Even take advantage of your hotel’s fitness amenities.

‚ąö ¬† Plan for just-in-case medical care.¬†Unforeseen illnesses or injuries, not only interrupt a trip, but¬†are difficult¬†to seek treatment for when you don’t know the area. In such¬†emergencies, Amino’s Find a Doctorservice¬†connects you to¬†physicians based on your current location, insurance network and personal needs.

And for even more resources on staying healthy wherever the road takes you, check out these additional suggestions below:

Healthy Travel Tips

It’s foolproof‚ÄĒWellness + Wanderlust = WINNING!


Special thanks to Amino for supplying both the Infographic and “Find a Doctor” referral information featured in this post.

New Year. New Moi.

2015

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On the off-chance that anyone will bother reading this (or, find it remotely interesting, for that matter)…behold, my Resolutions for 2015:

  1. I will integrate a 30-minute yoga practice into my regular routine, starting with once per week, then gradually increasing to every day.
  2. I will divorce my tendency to restrict calories and, instead, eat balanced portions of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains.
  3. I will put a small sum of money aside each month in order to afford an adventure abroad by the end of 2015 or the beginning of 2016.
  4. I will learn how to play a musical instrument or explore a potential new hobby that I’ve wanted to try but have never made time for.
  5. I will curb my sarcastic tongue, compulsive need for control, superiority complex and judgmental attitude in my dealings with others.
  6. I will root excessive anxiety, stress or fear of the future out of my life, and focus on counting my blessings instead of uncertainties.
  7. I will make a conscious effort to form new friendships in my area, as well as reconnect with old friends, with whom I’ve lost touch.
  8. I will pursue professional writing opportunities, learn how to become marketable in this industry and, of course, network my ass off.
  9. I will participate in the Whole-30 nutrition program at least once, which will be an extraordinary feat, considering my love for wine.
  10. I will get back into the habit of regularly posting on this [sniff…sniff…all-too-often neglected] blog, at a minimum of twice per week.
  11. I will become more sensitive and respectful toward my significant other’s needs, and flex my “romantic muscles” more frequently.
  12. I will practice open communication with loved ones, demonstrate vulnerability and accept help, instead of  relying solely on myself.
  13. I will read 5-10 classic novels from Time Magazine’s¬†100 All-Time Best Literary Works¬†list, even if this makes me sound pretentious.
  14. I will continue my current exercise regimen of 5 days per week–1 hour per day, focusing on a balance of cardio and strength training.
  15. I will regularly attend a local Bible study and set aside between 10-15 minutes on a daily basis for spiritual “quiet time” and meditation.

Got any Resolutions of your own? Discuss…