5 Ways to Stay Healthy While Traveling

BY: - 18 Jun '14 | Travel

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We all know that traveling is meant to be fun and that the ultimate goal is to relax, recharge and make memories with the family, but travel can also disrupt your healthy routines and eating habits. So that may leave you wondering how to stay healthy during travel. Let’s face it, being sick on vacation is not fun…AT ALL! As a medical professional and family traveler, I’ve come up with some fun and simple ways to have a great time on your family vacation while staying healthy. Here are my five favorite healthy travel tips:

1. Walk

If you’re in the airport, take a brisk walk around the terminal. This is especially easy if you’ve checked luggage, so you have a bit of freedom. In the event that you didn’t check your bags, use your luggage as resistance training and lug it around as you take a few laps. Bonus: Pushing your little one in a stroller is a win-win!

2. Snack Prep

We all know that traveling can destroy any diet. So, take along snacks that are easy to transport, like trail mix or what I like to call, nature’s candy…FRUIT! It’s easy. It’s portable. It’s TSA approved. It’s nutritious.

3. Relax

Easier said than done. How many times have we needed a vacation AFTER the vacation? Try to take a few minutes to rest on a chaise while the kids are in the pool. When the kids tucker out and turn in early, that’s the perfect opportunity to recuperate. Remember: Too much stress weakens the immune system.

4. Be creative

Want to get in some cardio? Run in the pool. Take the stairs in the hotel instead of the elevator, or by all means, book an adventurous calorie-burning excursion, like biking or a walking tour during your stay.

5. Wash. Wash. Wash.

Being on the go we sometimes throw our good habits out the window. Let’s not forget that even on vacation, hand washing is still very important. Remind everyone that they should wash their hands before and after they eat their meals. If there is no access to a restroom, use hand sanitizer. If you are determined to stay healthy during your vacation, be sure to set realistic goals for yourself and don’t be so hard on yourself. Have fun and enjoy your time away! BMWK, What tips do you have?

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Sheree Adams wrote 117 articles on this blog.

Sheree is a wife and WAHM of three who passionately blogs about marriage, family, health tips and more as Smart & Sassy Mom. Sheree is committed to helping blended families and keeping marriages strong, healthy, fun and SPICY!

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10 Tips to Protect the Family Home while You’re Vacationing

BY: - 24 Jun '14 | Travel

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You’re very excited about your upcoming vacation and happily count the days till your plane takes off.  The fresh and fabulous outfits for the family are all planned along with the coordinating accessories (lol).  Everything is ready to pack and you’ve already brought all of the suitcases in from the garage.  There’s one thing you forgot to prepare for your trip…your house!

Travelers often forget that their homes need a little preparation and protection while they’re gone on that dream vacation.  No need to worry we’ve packed a few tips to ensure the family home is safe and sound while you’re gone to the Caribbean.

  1. Don’t tip off criminals via social media that you and the family are going away/on vacation.  Don’t be tempted to share those fabulous pictures from the theme park on Facebook, Twitter or your blog.  You never know who’s watching, just post them when you return home.
  2. Do inform the police if you are going on extended travel.  It won’t hurt if officers make an extra pass or two by your home during their daily patrols.
  3. Ask a friend or neighbor to check on your house while you’re gone on vacation.
  4. Place a stop/hold order on your mail and newspaper deliveries.   You could also ask your friend(s) or neighbors to gather your mail.  Piled up newspapers or mail in your box or on the front porch is a dead giveaway that you’re not home.  It’s also something criminals look for and use to steal your identity.
  5. Prepare your house for vacation and make it look as normal as possible.  This task includes:  doing your normal landscaping chores, leaving your curtains as they normally are and removing the outside spare key (everyone knows about the fake rock…lol).  Security experts also suggest that you purchase a programmable light switch with a timer.  This nifty little device will allow you to program your lights to go on/off at the times you and the family are normally home/sleep.
  6. Don’t discuss your vacation plans in open/public areas.  You never know whose listening.
  7. Lock-up!  Remember to lock all the doors and windows.  The morning you leave for vacation also remember to lock the garage door opener.
  8. Don’t leave the GPS unit in the window!  Don’t be tempted to leave your portable GPS unit in plain sight. Criminals will not only steal them and use it learn your address and break-in while you’re gone they’ll also damage your car in the process.
  9. Do check-in yourself.  If your security system includes cameras and your monitoring company has an app, download it and check-in on your house yourself via your smartphone or tablet.  Peace of mind is priceless.
  10.  Consider hiring a house sitter.  Still uneasy about leaving the house empty or trusting your neighbor/friend to check on things?  Hire or ask a friend to house sit for you.  If you have a family pet, this will save you money on boarding /kennel fees.  They can be a house and pet sitter at the same time.

Remember to have fun and enjoy your vacation.

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations www.passenger156.com.

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