Thursday, March 15, 2012

Four Tips To Healthy Vacations

Most people love to vacation now and again. A chance to get away, see something new, frolic on white sand or experience a brand new night life can seem exciting when compared to the mundane nature of our day to day lives. Sometimes, though, going on a vacation can leave us feeling as though we need a recovery time from our time off, and some of that has to do with the choices that we make while we’re away from home. While a vacation is a tempting time to throw caution to the wind and indulge every want and desire, you can still be considerate of your health and wellness while traveling and having fun.
  • Relax and Sleep:
Your time away from home and work should be one of relaxation. Don’t try to fit everything in to one day, or over extend yourself while on vacation. Designate one or two nights to experience the nightlife, and then let yourself sleep in. If you’re doing a theme park with your kids, take a break midday so as to eliminate the afternoon crankies! Also, stay on schedule no matter what your age. If you're used to getting to bed at 10 PM, don't stay up until 2 AM...at least not every day! Make time for fun, but also keep in mind that getting back to your normal schedule will be really difficult if you get too far from that schedule, and you don't want to suffer from a lack of sleep when you get home.
  • Exercise:
When a family or a couple goes on vacation, sight-seeing is part of the plan in many cases. As such, you may not need to even think about creating a vacation exercise regime. Between walking from place to place, and the opportunity to swim or even joining in a game of beach volleyball, you should have no trouble finding ways to interest you into getting active. Resorts also sometimes offer classes and many hotels have gyms or exercise rooms if you want to get that extra workout into your schedule.
  • Eat Right:
On vacation, it can be tempting to splurge a little too much by cheating on your diet. It is a special occassion, so don't feel too guilty if you have something yummy for dessert or indulge your craving for fried food. The key is to avoid overdoing it. Fill up on healthy veggies and whole grains and stay away from restaurants that give large portions (ask for lunch portions if possible or head to a buffet where you control portion size). It can also help to rent a room with a kitchenette so you can keep some healthy snacks and plenty of water in your room instead of grabbing a candy bar from the vending machine or ice cream on the boardwalk.
  • Insure Yourself:
In all of the excitement that comes with planning a getaway, it can be easy to forget very important details that can have a direct effect on your livelihood. Without valid health insurance, your vacation could turn into a virtual nightmare. This is especially poignant if you’re leaving the country. Talk to your medical insurance provider to find out how you can be covered for your travel dates.
This guest post is from Allison who writes about travel insurance and other types of insurance plans for