How to Stay on Top of Self-Care Whilst Travelling
You’ve missed travelling, haven’t you? You’ve missed the adventure and even the uncertainty of knowing where you’ll end up next. Over the past few years, you’ve likely become accustomed to a certain level of self-care – where you can look after yourself without any hesitation. When you’re travelling, whether backpacking or opting for luxury, you still need to stay on top of your self-care routine – to ensure you get the most out of your experience. With so much to do, this can be difficult, but it isn’t impossible.
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6 Practical Ways to Stay on Top of Self-Care Whilst Travelling
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Use Your Legs
You may not be able to hit the gym every day or even run your usual 5K, especially when the weather is suffocatingly hot and the streets are too crowded to build up momentum. Still, this doesn’t mean you can or should ignore the benefits of exercise.
If you’re travelling on a budget, you should always look to spend less on staying healthy, so rather than catch taxis or even the train, take a walk around the city you’re visiting. From daily wanders where you let the streets take you wherever, to longer hikes and stunning vistas – your legs are the key to getting around.
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Get Enough Sleep
Although you don’t want to miss a moment of fun whilst travelling, you also need to find enough time to sleep to ensure you can enjoy everything you do. This is easy enough if you have a private hotel room, but for those travellers who prefer the community of hostels means it’s much more challenging.
Getting enough sleep is crucial for self-care, even if you think you can keep pushing yourself after just a few hours each night. Without plenty of sleep, you’ll be exhausted and stressed, and you won’t be half as fun as you want to be, so sleep benefits others as much as it does you.
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Give Yourself a You Day
As tempting as it is to do something every day, especially if you’re only there for a short time, you can also find ways to give yourself a day to rejuvenate yourself through some much-needed self-care.
Take a morning or afternoon to pamper yourself. Go for a massage, or manicure. A pedicure is always great if you’ve been walking a lot. Maybe you’ll even be chilled out enough to explore new hair styles! Try a new cut or give highlights a try for blonde hair or go in the other direction, and opt for lowlights!
Whichever type of pamper you decide on, beauty treatments can give you a much-needed break in between the hectic adventure. It also allows you some time to catch up on any self-care needs you’ve missed since arriving.
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Noone wants to spend their entire time stuck in a hotel room or sitting around the hostel because you don’t have the impetus to get out and do things. Wherever you go, you’ll be surrounded by people who are doing stuff, whatever that might be. Whether you’re travelling alone or with friends, you can enhance your experience by saying yes more often.
You’ve probably done your research and know about a few must-do activities, but there is always more to do. Ask around and dig deeper into recommended activities and try something you’ve never done before.
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Put Your Phone Away
Smartphones have given everyone the chance to document every stage of their journey and post it to their favourite social media site. However, it’s easy to get too swept up in this part of travel. You haven’t visited these designations to show off, you’ve done it to enjoy yourself and dive headfirst into a new culture.
It’s always better to be there in the moment rather than through your screen, so even if you want to snap a photo for the ‘gram, put your phone away afterwards and take it in with your eyes. You shouldn’t stop there, either. Listen, smell, and touch things to enhance your experience and feel more at one with your surroundings. Awakening the senses and being in touch with them is one of the highest forms of ‘self-care whilst travelling’.
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Talk to People
No matter where you go, you’ll be surrounded by new people, who like you come with their own unique experiences.
Travelling is all about meeting new people from different walks of life, so sparking up a conversation with them can help you learn new things and maybe make friends, even if it’s just for the journey – which will prevent you from feeling isolated.
Speaking to people could transform your adventure as they introduce you to other people they know and give you an idea of where to go next. If your itinerary is still flexible, you may end up somewhere you’d never imagined but love all the same.
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While you might not be able to match the self-care routine you have when at home, you can find plenty of opportunities to give yourself the treat you need. It might feel like you don’t have enough time to see everything and take care of yourself, but you’d be surprised with what you can achieve when you give yourself a quick break, and you’ll feel full of energy and ready for any adventure.
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