6 Ways to Stay Healthy on Vacation

You guys know that I’ve been trying to eat really clean and up my workouts lately (#sweatingforthewedding) and one thing that’s always been hard for me is continuing to do that while traveling. When I was younger, I would PIG OUT on vacation, thinking of it as a time to treat myself (and go overboard!), and I would come home feeling bloated and sluggish. While I definitely think you should indulge some on vacation, I actually enjoy working out and eating healthy on a trip – when I feel my best, I’m able to get the most out of the trip (and I feel more confident in a swimsuit!).
Here are a few tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years that help me feel healthier and fitter while I’m traveling….
1. Bring your own snacks
No matter where I’m traveling, I always bring my own healthy snacks with me. You never know what kind of snacks will be offered in the hotel room (if any), and I like to be prepared. Trust me, if you don’t have healthy snacks with you then it will be incredibly tempting to eat the M&Ms and Snickers in your hotel snack bar!! My favorite snacks to travel with are nuts (I like almonds and cashews) and mini Larabars (they are yummy bars made with only a few simple ingredients). I have also been bringing this North Shores peanut butter with me everywhere I go – I add it to oatmeal in the morning, and I also like to eat a scoop of it after a workout – it’s sooooo good!
2. Start with a healthy breakfast
I always try to start my day with a healthy breakfast, and this doesn’t change when I’m traveling. The one change I make while on a trip is that I’ll order room service…. I loooove ordering room service – it feels like such a treat to eat your breakfast in bed! An egg white omelet filled with veggies is a good option for breakfast, or oatmeal (I add my own peanut butter to it!). I also always order the fruit plate if they have that available too, along with lots of coffee!! Breakfast really sets the tone for my day, especially if I start it out right.
3. Tailor your meals to your destination
Before your trip, do a little research and seek out the best dishes in each country you plan to visit. For example, if you’re headed to Paris, definitely indulge in a fresh-baked baguette or a nutella crepe. In Tokyo, you have to have sushi. On my trip to Mexico a few weeks ago, I had lots and lots of fresh fish and guacamole! Traveling is an experience, and you don’t want to miss out on that. Just make sure to keep it in balance – I like to eat a healthy breakfast and lunch so that I can splurge a little on dinner and dessert!
4. Squeeze a workout in
I love waking up a little earlier on vacation to squeeze in a good workout. I sometimes bring my yoga mat with me when I’m traveling so that I can do some exercises in the room. I like to do 1-minute planks, push-ups, squats, and some ab exercises and these are actually really easy to do in a hotel room! YouTube videos are also great to watch if you need some guided workouts (this 15-minute butt workout is KILLER!). If you’re staying at a resort, odds are they have some workout classes you could attend, like yoga on the beach. These classes are really fun because you’re working out, but it doesn’t feel like it because you’re in a beautiful place!
5. Be adventurous
Traveling gives you the chance to try new things – take advantage of some of the cool excursions that your hotel offers like ziplining, swimming in cenotes, paddle boarding, etc. Also – get out and explore by foot! I love exploring the resort we’re staying and walking all over. If we’re staying in a safe town, we walk all over the town exploring (and usually scouting out good photo locations). If you’re near the beach or pool, go for a swim and take a long walk on the beach.
6. Water and sleep!! 
Yes, you’re on vacation, but getting enough water and sleep are still ESSENTIAL to your health. Traveling can be really rough on your body, and so can being out in the sun if you’re body isn’t used to it. Stock your car, purse or hotel room with bottles of water and drink them throughout the day. Even if I do have an alcoholic drink, I’ll order a water right alongside it so that I can stay hydrated. Sleep is also super important on vacation, I try to make sure to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night to feel my best.
How about you guys? I’d love to hear your tips for having a healthier vacation!

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  1. This so so helpful because I want to be healthy when I travel and completely fall off the wagon once I'm there! I love the idea of doing a quick workout! 10-15 mins is easy to squeeze in!


  2. I loved this Cait! Such great tips and ideas! I always find it a struggle to say on track while I'm on holiday!

    I hope you're having a great Tuesday!

  3. I love that video you posted! Any favorite videos for your core/abs that you love that you would suggest?? Thanks so much!!
    Rebecca 🙂

  4. Love this!!! In the past I always overindulged way too much and felt horrible all vacation — now that I'm older and wiser (ha!) I know feeling better willl make my vacay so much better!

  5. One of the things I do when traveling is only indulging at one meal. If I'm going out for dinner, I try to have a light breakfast and lunch so I don't feel guilty for indulging at dinner.

    I also like to bring my own dandelion tea to promote digestion. Traveling can really get your digestion all out of wack!


  6. Love these tips! It's so hard to get in the right mindset while on vacation, but changing small things like this really makes a difference!

    xoxo, Kayla | http://www.withlovefromkayla.com

  7. I always have the hardest time with this but I love to enjoy the break I get from a vacation!


  8. Water, sleeping and eating a good and nutritious breakfast would be my top advices too!


  9. Great tips! Love the outfit! Also, all of the links to the palm yoga mat do not work.

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  11. Great ideas! I usually go all-in indulging on vacation but it really does get you off track. Love that yoga mat!

  12. Such great tips! I always workout on vacation, even if it's just a walk on the beach!


  13. Your pink yoga outfit is everything! Such a perfect shade of pink <3


  14. PB for the road is an awesome idea! Thank you! I never leave home without my probiotics. No more travel bloat 🙂

  15. Love these tips and your cute workout wear!


  16. This workout look is super cute! Wonderful tips for keeping fit and healthy while travelling. When booking hotels, I always look for a hotel with a gym.

    Arum Lilea

  17. Thanks for sharing these tips. I'm always to bad when I travel.


  18. Great post! I also find it hard to stay on track on vacation.
    One thing that helps me is packing food for the plane – coming and going. So easy to be tempted at the airport!

  19. great inspiration for staying fit on vacation. Why should we let our hard work go down the drain just because we're on vacation?
    we can keep a health lifestyle of vacation…and we should.

    you look fantastic!!!!!!!!!


  20. I always plan ahead and google hiking trails around the destination I'm visiting – that way I can work in a hike as part of my sight-seeing and still get in a great workout! Also, I bring glider discs and resistance loop bands because they are super easy to pack and take up little to no space and offer a great total body workout! Love these tips too, though (don't know if I would bring a yoga mat though lol)

    Seriously crushing on this workout outfit!