Hi everyone Happy Thursday! I cannot WAIT for the weekend.
So… I just realized today that starting next Friday, I’ll be overseas for one month. Of course I already knew about this trip and had it scheduled months ago, but it just suddenly crept up on me. I feel like I just returned from my last trip and was finally getting settled back into my routine – and just like THAT, I have to go back again!
This time though, no complaining. I will not, I REFUSE, to complain and feel down about it. I definitely feel lucky to have the chance to experience another culture and live in Europe for a month. The downsides are that I: a) have to go alone and will have no one to travel with, b) will really miss everyone back home, and c) have to find ways to maintain a positive attitude and healthy lifestye while eating hotel and restaurant food everyday.
A and B really can’t be helped, but C… mark my words, I will make it happen. If you travel a lot for work and are looking for some ideas that will help you stay healthy (and keep your sanity) while on the road, look no further. I’ve thought about this long and hard over the past couple weeks and have insight to share about what I could have done better the first time around.
Here are my best tips that I fully plan to follow!
Bring personal items that remind you of home
Before we got Gizzy, I would love to light a candle and read. It has been one of my favorite ways to relax, and I am very drawn to warm, familiar scents. One time, after we got Gizzy, I lit a candle and put hiiiigh up on a shelf thinking he wouldn’t take notice, left the room for a hot minute, came back, and saw him perched on the shelf right by the candle. I shooed him off and noticed that his eye brows were singed!!! Ever since then, I haven’t so much as thought about candles. Even thinking about candles was a TABOO in our house. But since Gizzy won’t be travelling with me (I wish he could!) I will bust out my favorite persimmon scented candle by Voluspa and read some favorite books, which takes me to my next tip!
Bring books and movies that remind you of happier times
LOL I sound as if I’m going to prison! But seriously, it can be very lonely living in a hotel by yourself in a remote foreign city where you don’t speak the language. My favorite books and movies always, without exception, raise my spirits and I look forward to diving into them at the end of a long work day. Now, I’m one of those people that like to re-read and re-watch the same things over and over again. I never get tired of them because each time I find new meaning or clarity that I didn’t take notice of before. My go-to favorite books are: The Wind Up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami; Harry Potter and the Dealthy Hallows by J.K. Rowling; The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams; and The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (like you need wikipedia links to know what these books are, LOL).
What does this seemingly random selection of favorite books say about me? I have zero idea. Someone should really create a book personality test. Or does one already exist??
Eat a healthy breakfast
In my healthy eating tips, I mentioned breakfast as my personal #1 driver for eating healthy and staying energized throughout the day. How I start my day is how I will likely end it. On my last trip, I packed what I thought was a decent amount of oats, chia seeds, and protein powders to make my favorite overnight oats, but apparently not because I ran out half way through my trip! This time, that won’t be happening. I already placed my order on Amazon for a 4 lb shipment of Bob’s Red Mill chia seeds ($30), a 2 lb shipment Raw Food World’s maca powder ($14), and 1.5 lb container of Better Than Milk Vegan Soy Milk Powder ($30). Obviously I will not be taking the entire shipments LOL but I plan to bring 1 lb of chia seeds, 2 cups of maca powder, and 1 lb dry soy milk powder. Excessive? Likely. But I can always bring the remainders back!
Why the soy milk powder? Well, I called ahead to the hotel we’re staying at and they do not have non-dairy milk. Since I’m pretty sure cold water mixed with chia seeds and oats would fall under the category of soooo very not good, I did some research on non-dairy powders and that particular brand received glowing reviews. I will be sure to share my product review once I try it!
Snacking is essential for me. I usually have a snack between lunch and breakfast (something savory), another snack a couple hours after lunch (something sweet), and depending on my appetite, sometimes one after dinner (wildcard). I plan to pack my usual snacks: roasted almonds, apples and some bars. Typically I eat GoMacro bars in my favorite flavor, Sunflower Butter + Chocolate, but I do like variety so I’m going to try some different bars over the next couple of days. Do you know I’ve never tried a Larabar before? I know they have a cult following, so I am going to Whole Foods to buy a couple different flavors. I’ve heard especially good things about the new uber bars. Do you guys have any recommendations on good flavors, or other bars you like?
Call Ahead and Ask
We are going to be Feusisberg, which is only a 30 minute drive from Zurich but I since won’t have a car, this eliminates grocery shopping. My only option is therefore hotel dining & room service. I called ahead to discuss dining options and they were very amenable to my requests for a vegetable plate with grains. Simple enough right? This is not something on the menu but you never know what you can be done unless you call ahead and ask!
Sweat it out
Luckily, this hotel we are staying at has a nice, new gym and huge outdoors pool overlooking Lake Zurich, so I can try all different kinds of fitness. I haven’t swam since… actually I can’t even remember! So I’m going to bring my bathing suit, running shoes, workout clothes, and do an around-the-world-tour. If I can I sweat once a day, I’m a happy gal. As a famous Harvard law student once said, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t!”. (So, don’t worry Tats).
Take a hot bath
Our sad excuse for a bathtub in NYC just won’t do it so I rarely have a chance to submerge in a hot, steaming bath. It is such a luxury! Hot baths relax tight and cramped muscles (hello, aching neck and shoulders) and are the ultimate treat after a long day. I plan to take one every single night I’m there and indulge. Before I know it, my month will up and I’ll be back in the states, wishing I could take a hot soak every night.
Well everyone, these are my best tips, for now. I’m sure I’ll come up with a couple more right before I take off. I’ll be sure to update this as post as the ideas come in. Please feel free to share any tips you might have as well, it’s always interesting to hear what other people do!
I hope you have a productive and happy Thursday! The weekend awaits!