In every issue we ask wellness travel experts, contributors and partners how they stay healthy and calm when they travel.
I believe that a balanced lifestyle is the key to optimal health. And that means exercising! But how do I achieve this while traveling? My personal secret is to pack my running shoes: I discipline myself to go for a jog wherever I am. The benefits aren’t only that I stay in shape and improve my cardio, I can do it anywhere and everywhere. And the best part is that I get to discover my new surroundings during the workout!
Deputy Managing Director, The BodyHoliday Saint Lucia
I use travel time as the best opportunity to take a ‘device detox’. I relish long flights, and choose destinations with limited connectivity. The effect is intoxicating: conversations happen naturally, and your mind has time to wander and refresh. Even if I do connect for brief periods, I am forced to be extremely efficient in my communications. Once done, I am free to be 100% focused and enjoy life’s playground uninterrupted.
Owner & Experiential Travel Authority, éminence Canada
Wellness is a part of every stage of my trip. I bring healthy food on the plane, along with noise cancelling headphones. At my destination I strategically indulge in local eats, making minor menu tweaks to reduce calories. Plus I do something active – kayak, walking or the gym – everyday. Because the mental side of wellness is the hardest for me, I always go to the spa and participate in a Zen activity like walking on the beach or hiking alone to relax and reflect.
Chief Vacation Officer, The Travel Diet
To travel is a gift, so I set the intention that it will be enjoyable. I include long walks to enjoy the area, and I carry a hardcover book to indulge in…no e-readers, because I get too much screen time! I use travel as a reason to give my skin some TLC, so I pack extra products, like a masque to give myself a mini facial. My return trip always includes a decadent dark chocolate bar.
General Manager, Red Mountain Resort
I prioritize sleep at all costs, pack healthy, mobile food and schedule time to MOVE every day. I keep it fun whether it’s exploring a new city on foot, taking a swim on a rooftop pool, or even plunging into the sea at sunrise. And when the stress of travel is on the rise, I have the Headspace app on my phone – packed with 10 minute meditations – which serve as great “time outs” as does staying connected with family on a daily basis.
Founder, Kyricos & Associates
I am a Type A personality, and when I travel, especially business-related, I am even more driven than usual on tasks and goals. I recharge each night with a good soak in a Himalayan salt bath. The benefits for me are three-fold — One, I tune into the bath as a ritual to re-center my mind and body; two, the essential minerals in the Himalayan salts really replenish my skin and make it feel baby soft; and three, the salts equally detox and replenish my entire body, keeping me healthy and ready to go.
Spa Director, Spa Shiki
hI travel internationally every couple of months, usually on long overnight flights. I find that the best way to adjust to the new time zone is to leave some time between meetings so I can stretch my legs. Going for a couple of 20-minute walks during the day helps me adjust to the local rhythm. I get an ice cream or some other local treat and enjoy it as I stroll. Oh, and I always take a hot bath before going to sleep.
Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, ANTARCTICA XXI