Travel Time Tips

Today I have the honor of introducing you all to a new friend. One of the really cool things about writing a blog is that I get to meet new people all the time who have similar interest. Recently, I was contacted by a woman who wanted to reach out to all of you and share with you some of her favorite ways to live a healthy life with children when on vacation. Since vacation season is approaching us, it seemed like the perfect opportunity for all of us to learn a few ways to make our vacations this year fun, relaxing and memorable all with out being full of regrets concerning our health.

Without further adieu, take it away Kendra!

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Eating healthy and staying fit is important for me as a wife and a mother. I have always tried to make an effort to keep myself and my family fit at our home. At the same time, I try to keep us healthy when we are not at home, such as when we are on vacation. This can be difficult, but it can be accomplished well. Here are some tips that I have learned over time that keeps us healthy while on the road.

I try to make it a priority to eat at restaurants that feature local products. People may seem surprised by this action, but I have found that it is quite beneficial for my family as well as the economy. There is no doubt in my mind that local food, such as fruits and vegetables, taste better than imported produce. I would venture to say that local products look and smell better. Restaurants that use local products make an effort to feature each one in dishes and salads. Furthermore, when these meals are created, they are done in a way in which the flavors are enhanced. I like that, and it certainly beats having a meal in which caloric sauces and dressings need to be poured on in order to give a sense of flavor to a customer.

Hotels have really stepped up in terms of responding to the needs of customers who require healthy foods and healthy living activities. There are a number of establishments that have fitness equipment that people can use. Some may have a pool, walking paths, bike rentals, weight equipment and tennis courts. However, I do not assume that each and every hotel has what we need while on vacation. Therefore, I call ahead to various hotels before I book to ensure that we will get what we need and did so for our upcoming trip to Orlando. With so many places to stay, finding resources that are sort everything out are a huge help. Additionally, many hotels do not carry healthy food options in mini-bars. I do two things in response to this. First, I refuse the mini-bar key. Second, I make sure to bring in healthy snacks on our trip. If we need more, we can stop by a local health food store for more treats.

Everybody knows, or should know, that drinking water is important. This is especially true when traveling. Although a vehicle can be extremely comfortable, and a plane ride can be thrilling, the fact remains that it is easy to get dehydrated in both of these types of transportation. In addition to this, I have found that doing activities and visiting attractions can really slow us down, and this includes our children. Drinking water keeps us hydrated and active. I make sure that we have a cooler stocked full of water bottles. We can drink it whenever we need to.

There are times where it is fun to be silly. We try to have silly tournaments and games while on vacation. It helps keep everyone loose. Sometimes, we have competitions to see who can hold their breath the longest in a hotel pool. Other times, we run around at a secluded parking lot playing tag. The options are nearly endless, and it is a great way to get some exercise.

The biggest help I have found on vacation is to stick to a routine. We have a routine at home, and it can work while we are traveling. We stay active and eat healthy while we are a journey. We have never regretted that. It is great to be healthy and fit.

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I can’t thank Kendra enough for taking the time out of her busy day to share with all of us these great ideas of how to stay healthy while vacationing. If you are anything like me, you want to read more of Kendra’s healthy living ideas and I know she would love to hear from you. She can be reached via email at kendratravel3{at}gmail.com.

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