The Best Summer Travel Tips to Stay Energized & Healthy
Gearing up for some summer fun? Whether your destination of choice involves an international flight or a short train ride, you’ll want to delve into your adventure with lots of health and energy. LATHER’s hotel partner, The Andaz West Hollywood, offers up their best tips on how to survive and thrive your next summer vacation.
1. Sleep, Sleep, Sleep.
Even if you’re not the type to get grouchy after a night of tossing and turning, sleep deprivation affects you inside and out. It contributes to not only a loss of concentration, energy and productivity but also dull-looking, stressed-out skin.
Use earplugs and eye masks during the flight to block out distracting noise and light, and keep your feet cozy with a pair of fluffy socks. Try LATHER’s mile high skin savers. At your hotel, ask them if they have extra pillows to keep you comfortable. Some hotels, like The Andaz West Hollywood, even provide white noise machines.
2. Pace Yourself
It’s tempting to squeeze all the sightseeing attractions into the few weeks or days you have at your destination, but don’t try and see the whole city in one day. Break it up so you won’t feel so burnt out.
One of the keys to keeping up your energy up during vacation is to stay hydrated. Carry a water bottle with you at all times. You are made up mostly of water, so make sure you are drinking enough of it. This is especially important if you’re traveling someplace with unhygienic water supply. And don't forget to keep your skin hydrated too.
4. Stretch Out
Take five to ten minutes every morning before you get your day started to stretch your arms, legs, neck, shoulders and back. You will leave feeling refreshed and ready for the day. Stretch your neck throughout the day to keep everything relaxed. Even try stretching before you climb into those comfy sheets to give those muscles one last stretch for relaxation for a better night’s sleep.
5. Eat Breakfast
Make your mother proud of starting out the day with a nice breakfast! It will keep your full and satiated for your morning activities and keep up your endurance. Many hotels, like Andaz West Hollywood, offers plenty of breakfast options to choose from so that you can begin your day on the right foot. Make sure you get some proteins, such as eggs or natural Greek yogurt.
6. Walk Everywhere
The best way to find hidden gems and to interface with locals is to walk! It helps if you choose a centrally located hotel, too. Find a hotel that’s close to restaurants, bars/clubs, parks, shopping and popular hotspots.
7. Create an Exercise Routine
Yes, even on vacation! Moving around will keep your brain sharp and your heart pumping. Try working out at your hotel’s fitness center if you prefer that environment. You can also work out in your room (e.g. pushups, sit-ups, yoga poses, jumping jacks – get creative!) or go for a run in the neighborhood. Have a schedule in mind and stick to it, whether it is exercising every other day at 8 am or every two days at 3 pm.